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Electing the Unelectable

As I sit here writing about the election in the USA, I know that it is not going to turn out well.

It may seem that I feel hopeless, or depressed, but I’m not. The people of the United States have chosen and as we learn more about the candidates they sink lower in our estimation. That is, both the candidates and the people who inexplicably chose them.

Is anyone really surprised at this? Not many people who I know are surprised. I know many African-Americans who have never felt America was safe for them. I know many Muslims who have lived here a long time, but have never seen the inside of their American neighbors’ home. I know Christians who feel we are “brainwashed” when we talk about many Muslims being good people, who feel that refugees and immigrants are at least taking their jobs and that most will be admitted to the country with no screening.

My friends here in the States seem angry and unwilling to listen to reason or experience different from the voices of pundits who seem to control their thoughts by way of the airways.

So, what will be the outcome of the Election 2016? It would be a start if both candidates humbly sought forgiveness for their wrongdoing from the American people, and settled down to learn how to govern with transparency. This would be one of those miracles we pray for!

But, even the people who begin to govern with bright hope seem to finish in a quagmire of disillusionment. Maybe having no expectations is better than having high expectations like we did when Obama was elected.

Ending on a note of hope!







Top Holocaust scholar blasts ‘Holocaust-abuse’ by U.S., Israeli politicians – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

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Holocaust Memorial, Kibbutz Mishmar, Hemek, Israel

Holocaust-abuse”,  finally, a term, coined by someone who cannot be accused of being “anti-semitic”. Deborah Lipstadt, of all people, is not denying the Holocaust in her criticism.

We can’t know anyone’s heart but our own, but “anti-semitic” is a term often applied to anyone who criticizes Israeli policies, and this is one of the kinder terms.

I’m grateful that this invisible shield protecting Israel from criticism is breaking down.  I don’t harbor anti-Semitism in my heart, nor am I anti-Jewish.  As a Christian, I treasure the Holy Books of Judaism as part of my Biblical DNA.

All sane people know that the Holocaust did happen and was a horrible crime against humanity.

Israel claims to be the only Democracy in the Middle East.  The inevitability of freedom of speech and protest is a sign of a maturing Democracy. Movement towards reconciliation with the rest of the world requires breaking the pattern of fear that has haunted Israel for decades.

That our politicians would “pander” to the worst fears of the Israeli people is shameful.

Top Holocaust scholar blasts ‘Holocaust-abuse’ by U.S., Israeli politicians – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

“This Is What A Police State Looks Like”

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This is the chant we’re hearing from demonstrators outside Wall Street this morning.

I have to disagree.

In a real Police State, Demonstrators would be “disappeared”, never to be heard from again. Their GAP clothing (if they could afford it) and other valuables would be taken from them and distributed to the children of the Secret Police.

Their families would be threatened, their jobs and homes taken away. Some of them might be tortured or even murdered in cruel and unusual ways to keep them from talking to the press.

There would be no media coverage of the demonstrations, except that which was State sanctioned. Cameras would be confiscated, photographs of the demonstrators would not be allowed.

Interviews would be strictly along State or Party lines.

That’s why their complaints, though sincere, sound shallow and childish to me.

I’ve heard the same complaints from the other side, Tea Partyiers…who yell about Sharia Law…or a Police State…

I’ve lived and visited in several “Guided Democracies” which were more or less Police States…and assure you…we’re not even close.

With our Free Press, and Journalists who continue to search out the “story behind the story”, with individuals…on the right and left who have freedom to do so also…we are blessedly free.

For some comparisons and perspective, see the map of countries below for their free press rankings.


Freedom As An Accelerant

From the small Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid the Arab Revolution has been carried by the youth of each country using what is most familiar to them, their cell phones!  Read how the Revolution began at:


Today, Egypt‘s Military is calling for an end to the rioting. ElBaradei set a deadline for Mubarak to step down by Friday, while Mubarak promised only “not to run again”.

Yemen is quietly following suite.  *King Abdullah II of Jordan has dismissed his government and appointed a new prime minister with orders to carry out political reform.  Now there are stirrings of revolution in Syria.

Last week there was much speculation in the media about which Arab countries would be next in line to overthrow their strong armed leaders.  Even Saudi Arabia was mentioned, but I hear nothing about it this week. I wonder why?

Last night on “The Colbert Report“, there was a segment with Sean Hannity‘s statement that uprisings do not result in democracy. Other than Iraq he (Hannity) couldn’t think of any good that had come of uprisings (like Egypt‘s and Tunisia’s).

Colbert could think of some, however: Czech Republic, India, France, Poland, East Germany, and The United States. Of course, I think of The Philippines and their Prayerful Revolution which was dramatically successful. Indonesia did pretty well too as it broke away from its’  Suharto days of “Guided Democracy“.

I’m pretty shocked at Sean Hannity‘s statement. I had respected him for being pretty well-informed, though biased toward Conservatives. Now, I’m re-thinking him as just biased and informed about his own limited agenda. This is sad because he carries a lot of influence with many conservative people.

For more about King Abdullah’s actions in Jordan, please read:


Meanwhile, American officials are being careful not to come down too hard on Mubarak. I’m beginning to understand why. One reason is “Face saving”.  The second, according to our lights, he has kept the Middle East relatively stable while guarding the peace with Israel.

It seems we are not involving ourselves in the Arab Revolution which is a wise thing! The people of the Middle East are doing just fine on their own!