Jews and Christians in America were happy at the very beginning – why they are unhappy now
Jews and Christians in America were happy at the beginning because they found in America the freedom – freedom from totalitarian rulers. They had the freedom of living that was guided by their Judeo-Christian virtues without government interference into the running of their families, businesses, children education, housing, communities, religious organizations, … even local mafias, etc.
Of course, moral wrongs, and economic crimes and murders were committed, and the unfortunates who could not make their living on their own existed, but all that was handled locally – and differently in diverse communities – through community/family deliberations, priests’ influence, local policing, charity/mitsvah.
Of course, power/economic inequality existed but the citizens understood that the freedoms (In the Name and Image of God) mean to do individually what you want to do and live with what you earn.
And there was no government-god to blame – if something went wrong, we were figuring out what to do.
We were happy and the totalitarians among us used this feeling of happiness to replace our God by themselves and spiritually and economically enslave us.
Why has it happened? It happened because the totalitarians convinced us that they were asking for more power only to make us even happier. They convinced us that we will be happier when we delegate to them taking care of our individual God-guided moral duties described in the Ten Commandments.
However, the totalitarians among us deceived us – they used the governing power delegated to them for personal enrichment and for our spiritual and economic enslavement.
First, they corrupted our God-guided (Judeo-Christian) democracy by replacing the citizens’ votes by the monies’ votes. Then they the ‘corrupted democracy’ to strengthen and solidify the totalitarian government. This is convincingly analyzed in a TED presentation at
Finally, we have realized the mortal dangers for our SOULS of the totalitarian government and begun to fight back. However, we allowed our government to become so powerful that fighting back may require extraordinary measures.
I believe we must begin with electing to the Presidency and Congress only people who understand the dangers of our current totalitarian government and have ideas how to return to a Judeo-Christian government that is guided by the Ten Commandment – not promising everybody the new goodies by wealth redistribution.
Rabbis and Priests, our intellectual leaders, could you suggest something else?
From the Jewish Jornal:
ARE WE LOSING THE FIGHT AGAINST AUTHORITARIANISM?
According to the new “Freedom in the World Report” from the NGO Freedom House, democracy is on the decline in countries around the world.
If the 20th century was the story of a slow, uneven struggle, ending with the victory of liberal democracy over other ideologies—communism, fascism, virulent nationalism—the 21st century is, so far, a story of the reverse.
[America has a] pivotal opportunity to lead the fight against authoritarianism globally… Unless the U.S. stands for democratic values and seeks to empower people to achieve democratic results, we weaken ourselves fundamentally.
The organization labeled 2020 “the 15th consecutive year of decline in global freedom” and determined that less than 20% of the world’s population now lives in truly free countries. Among the countries where democracy is under assault is the world’s longest lived modern democratic government: the United States.