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May 2009 • Sivan 5759 Volume 22, No. 2, #154
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Freedom Under Attack

We are constantly reminded that one of the mainstays of American exceptionalism is the precept that we, as citizens, are subject only to the rule of law, not the rule of man. This was designed by our Founders as a way to protect us from the ravages of a tyrannical, dictatorial government.

The only other group in the long history of mankind that has wholeheartedly embraced this concept, is, of course, the Jews. We, however, have a distinct advantage. The laws that we follow were given to us by G-d, and we have been very careful, throughout the millenia, to delegate to only the wisest among us the awesome task of interpreting and applying those laws, all through the ever-unfolding tapestry of history. And even with these Divine and immutable directions, we have in the past gone, and on far too many present occasions unfortunately continue to go, astray.

What then should we say of an American administration that is being led by a man who seems to consider himself god, and who continues to ride roughshod over the laws of the land in a flagrant attempt to accrue to himself ultimate power and authority.

This was certainly not the way our system of government was set up. As John Adams (our second President) succinctly stated, “[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion… Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

With religion and morality under constant attack today, it would seem that our constitution and government are on extremely shaky ground.

And if you would attempt to console yourself with the “fact” that the solution to any government overreach is merely one election away, let me remind you that Adolph Hitler was democratically elected… and so was Barack Hussein Obama.

One of the “great” accomplishments of the demented American left, was to get control of the educational establishment in America, populate its teachers unions and university faculties with rabid left-wing idealogues, and force feed a steady stream of anti-American dogma to generations of impressionable children, thereby creating a growing population with no feel for or understanding of the greatness of America. They have been conditioned to believe that government knows best; that government will take care of them. Accordingly they willingly and blindly give their precious vote to that candidate that will make them the most extravagant promises. The “rich” (i.e. the productive members of society) have been so throughly demonized by these political charlatans, that these mindless, miseducated drones enthusiastically sign on to the corrupt, and ultimately self-destructive, idea that the “rich” should be taxed and taxed and taxed so that their wealth can be more evenly and “fairly” distributed. This idea is the very core of socialism, of communism; a system that has failed miserably everywhere it’s been tried.

Alexander Fraser Tyler, who lived from 1748 to 1813, wrote a book entitled: The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic. In it he wrote the following about democracy:

He said: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the Public Treasury. From that moment on the majority always vote for the candidates promising the most benefits from the Public Treasury, with a result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy and is followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence:

    From bondage to spiritual faith;
    From spiritual faith to great courage;
    From courage to liberty;
    From liberty to abundance;
    From abundance to selfishness;
    From selfishness to complacency;
    From complacency to apathy;
    From apathy to dependency;
    From dependency back into bondage.”

We have witnessed America pass through most of these stages. By my calculation we are now somewhere between apathy and dependency with the scale tipping decidedly towards dependency. I look at the next step with great trepidation. Having left Egypt some three thousand years ago, I have no great desire to step back into bondage.

I implore my fellow citizens to remain vigilant against the grandiose, self-aggrandizing plans of the narcissist-in-chief who unfortunately currently holds the office of President. I don’t know if it’s too late to reverse America’s precipitous decline, but if we are to have any chance at all, we must resolve to educate ourselves on the issues, and above all to use our votes wisely. Our very lives depend on it.

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