Why Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism

 

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Why is this so hard to understand?

 

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RIP Charlie Gard

Little Charlie Gard has died after being taken off of life support. While it was proven that little Charlie had no brain function, and could not survive without machines, the idea that his parents were denied the right to seek treatment for him as they saw fit is an abomination. And the truth of the matter is that when the parents wanted to move Charlie to the US he still had brain function. It was the court case that dragged on that actually took Charlie’s right to try an alternative treatment away. No one knows if the treatment would have done anything to help Charlie when the parents sued to take Charlie in order to bring him to the US, but because the Courts dragged out the case for so long there was no point anymore to even try to help the little boy beyond just allowing him to die. That the Courts in the UK, and the doctors, decided that they knew what was best for Charlie and not his parents, because his parents “act out of love,” is disgusting. This court and these doctors actually are saying that because you love your children you have no right to decide how to fight for their future. What totalitarian bullshit is this?

It is always out of love that we do for our children. It is out of love for my sons that we rejected the advice of the so-called autism experts over 2 decades ago, and forged our own path for our sons. And we still forge that path everyday to try to give them the future of their choosing, which is their right as human beings not to be beholden to the ignorance, whims, or vagaries of anyone else’s decisions. Their life needs to be on their terms and their terms alone.

When the government decides that it knows best what your choices should be in life, then that is a tyranny. And as parents of special needs children, or as disabled adults ourselves, the idea that we would not be given the same rights to life, or treatment, because our existence is not deemed worthy enough is the stuff of eugenics, and quite frankly an extension of Nazism. We already see that in modern medicine different choices are made for the disabled at times, but at least we have an out, we have courts to help us in some small way today, and laws that do still protect the civil rights of the individual.

But the case of Charlie Gard teaches us that what can be given, can also be taken away. That is why we need to remember that the US is still not the UK. That our rights come from Nature and Nature’s God and not some unseen autonomous bureaucratic elite.

This Charlie Gard case is a reminder of the Pelletier case in Massachusetts from several years back. This was where doctors and courts decided that they knew better what the girl needed and not her parents as far as her medical condition. It took 18 months for that family to get their child back, and they are now suing the State of Massachusetts. I hope this family destroys the self-righteous self-important incompetent social service know-it-alls of that government, along with the doctors who abused that child by denying her proper medical care. This is what happens when you give a legislature too much say in the everyday running of people’s lives.

For those who think single payer healthcare is the care of the future, let this be a warning to you. When the government has full control of your health and life choices, you are no longer free, but at the mercy of a bureaucracy that has no care beyond its own perpetuation. As example: even though there was medical evidence to support the parents care of the child, all the doctors and the bureaucrats cared about in the Pelletier case, was not being proven wrong.

While we debate healthcare in the US, let us stay aware of the consequences of our choices. Let us remember that the more power you give the government, the less humanity goes into each life effecting decision. We, in this country, need a better balance than they have in the UK. We need to find an answer that provides affordable healthcare to every person, while not allowing the government to be the arbiter of who lives and who dies. Don’t give away your, or your child’s, right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Don’t look for a quick fix, and end up giving away your humanity.

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Something that was pointed out to me online was that there are different legal requirements in the UK than in the US. In the UK, parents are not the “owners” of their children but merely the caretakers of them until they reach majority. They are responsible for their welfare, and that is all. So when the state deems a parent is not exercising do care in raising their children they have a right, nay a duty to intervene. Here in the US, parental rights are paramount and it is rare that a court or anyone intervenes to prevent parental choice.

It is therefore, a straw man when people, like Melanie Phillips, talk about the “welfare of the child,” since the UK and the US view this legal precept differently. They try to show how in the US courts can intervene to require care, as if that is the same as taking care away from Charlie Gard. It is not. At no time has a court in the US denied care to a child. The only time you find courts intervening is to insist on care. In fact, even when there is a disagreement about care, the hospitals and doctors try to find a reasonable solution to follow the family’s wishes.

The problem, as I noted above, is not that hospitals or doctors may not care about their patients, or that they are unfeeling. The issue at hand is that they are fallible, as in the case for my sons and Justine Pelletier, except courts can and do treat them as omnipotent. In the US, in general, parents, who know their child best, have the right to the last say. In fact, when there is a divergent medical opinion, it is the right of the parent to decide which course to take, and not up to quarreling doctors (as what happened with Pelletier, and the basis of the lawsuit).

Many in the UK see those of us in the US using the Charlie Gard case for our own interests. Actually, that is beyond an elitist and insulting position. Those of us disgusted by the usurpation of parental right in the Gard case are not all “right to lifers” or “demented evangelicals.” We are Americans who are loathe to allow the government harpies to decide our future for us. Charlie Gard case is a warning to the overbearing and unbridled power of a government that deems the average person too stupid to make their own life decisions. It is anathema to the American mindset to allow others to decide your future.

The irony here is that even right leaning pundits, such as Melanie Phillips,  sided with the hospital over the parents. This shows how deeply ingrained in the UK is the supremacy of the State, and the holiness of doctors. That is not the US.

There is no question that we owe much of our legal and political under pinnings to the British way of thinking. However, the period of the Revolution is where we diverge, and in fact post WW2 is where we completely separate. While the British have become more complacent and less independent, the US has surged to the other side and despite the encroachment of certain aspects of socialist thought and programs, we remain a fiercely independent minded people. It’s why thousands upon thousands try to stake their claim in out nation. Not because we hand out welfare left and right, but here in the US you can still decide your own future and your own fate.

In the US we are taught to think for ourselves. To not accept as sacrosanct the notions that there are those better suited to decide our fate. We are taught to question, evaluate and analyze every aspect of our lives. We are our choices, and in the US we believe we are entitled to live by them without interference, including the choices we make for our children.

 

 

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Facing the Future Without Fear

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks at Ted

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Dave Rubin talks with Brigitte Gabriel

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In Congress, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
— John Hancock
New Hampshire:
Josiah BartlettWilliam WhippleMatthew Thornton
Massachusetts:
John HancockSamuel AdamsJohn AdamsRobert Treat PaineElbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen HopkinsWilliam Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger ShermanSamuel HuntingtonWilliam WilliamsOliver Wolcott
New York:
William FloydPhilip LivingstonFrancis LewisLewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard StocktonJohn WitherspoonFrancis HopkinsonJohn HartAbraham Clark
Pennsylvania:
Robert MorrisBenjamin RushBenjamin FranklinJohn MortonGeorge ClymerJames SmithGeorge TaylorJames WilsonGeorge Ross
Delaware:
Caesar RodneyGeorge ReadThomas McKean
Maryland:
Samuel ChaseWilliam PacaThomas StoneCharles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George WytheRichard Henry LeeThomas JeffersonBenjamin HarrisonThomas Nelson, Jr.Francis Lightfoot LeeCarter Braxton
North Carolina:
William HooperJoseph HewesJohn Penn
South Carolina:
Edward RutledgeThomas Heyward, Jr.Thomas Lynch, Jr.Arthur Middleton
Georgia:
Button GwinnettLyman HallGeorge Walton

Reasons to Love the USA

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with one another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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We are at a great crossroads in our nation’s history. It’s not about the amount of taxation and the ineptitude of the government. That can be changed with the power of the vote and honest elections. Our issues lie in the fact that too many in our nation take for granted the guarantees within the Bill of Rights and the Constitution without truly understanding them. Remember… our rights given by nature and nature’s God.

It is time that We The People understand once again our responsibilities as citizens of a free country and demand that our government adhere to the Constitutional principles that they have so casually desecrated.

Freedom and the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God (originally posted May 9, 2014)

…Our rights come not from other men, but from an omnipotent all-powerful ruler of the universe who has decreed right from wrong, good from bad, justice from evil. No one human being can deny another these rights. Hence, the usurpation of these rights is a just cause for revolt against your government, ruler or liege lord….

What happens when rights are not given by virtue of existence, but with the largesse of the political class? These rights then are not rights as delineated in the US Constitution (Bill of Rights), which as rights cannot be taken away and can only be denied under a limited scope of governmental authority. In fact, rights that come down to us by virtue of the good will of a ruler are not real rights at all, but a grant of favor by a dictatorial government. As long as you stay in good stead with the power elite then you are entitled to your humanity. But as soon as you cross that threshold of noncompliance with these overseers, then your rights, property and even your life become forfeit.

Moreover, to actually believe that mankind itself defines the ultimate reality in the Universe is the modern hubris of a limited, vacuous mind and an outreach of malignant egos. To say that in the vastness that is the Universe humankind is the epitome of what can and does direct TIME itself calls into play the rationality and sanity of the purveyors of a God-less world. It does not even have to be about an Omnipotent being as much as it is about Nature and the power of the Universe and the acknowledgement of the unknown.

To say that there is no deity above ourselves is to give ourselves the moniker of almighty God. We can now decide what is right, wrong, good, bad, justice and evil. We, the human beings of this world, are now the sole masters of all that is before us without boundary, limit or consequence. To say that God is an anachronism and that humanity is above the immutable forces that have created the galaxy, is to advance upon the human race powers that belie the mortal human being.

When we turn from the concept of something, or someone, greater than ourselves, we have no rights beyond that which we bargain for within the context of our daily lives. Life becomes a merchants market, a bazaar of old. Where for  the right argument, and the proper coin, you can buy yourself freedom for the time being. If you are lucky enough to be allowed manumission at all.

In such a world, our rights are defined by those in control of the world, rather than rights being defined by those that live in the world. Therefore, if you believe that humans are born free and that it is only mankind that created the chains of slavery, real or virtual, the concept of giving your self-worth to those who are devoid of righteousness, or honor, those who convolute democratic action with obsequiousness, demands an act of revolution. However, in the end, you need the foundation by which to challenge your servitude when you live in a world of political class tyranny, oligarchical triumphalism and identity tribalism. Therefore, you need Nature and Nature’s God. You need to understand that your humanity, your freedom, your existence is yours by right and not something you need to bargain for against an evil specter.

That foundation of the right to freedom comes from the acknowledgement that all within humanity have rights inherent in their humanity. Given to them by their uniqueness as unique individuals. It is Nature, and Nature’s God, that defines these rights so necessary for society to flourish, grow and develop. The right to proceed with your own existence and humanness in a way that is both beneficial to the self and society becomes the task of the free person and those free enough to think that it can and must be done.

It is not the fault of Nature’s God that humanbeings throughout history have perverted the gift of choice and thought that they were given by the Universe.

It is not the fault of Nature’s God that humanbeings revert into barbarism and decadence when given freedom. It is that same human weakness that causes mankind to destroy itself and then ask to be relieved of all responsibility for the choices made.

It is not the fault of Nature’s God that humans throughout history prefer an infantile existence of dependency and supplication to the hard work inherent in the existence of free expression and self-governance.

It is not the fault of Nature’s God that humans have allowed themselves to be led by the inadequate, the cruel and the profoundly evil.

It is not the fault of Nature’s God that when confronted with evil’s challenge, most times throughout history humanity has faltered, in the end thereby losing all that it means to be human.

It is not the fault of Nature’s God that humanity perverted Nature’s message in order to enslave, dehumanize and destroy other humanbeings.

It is not the fault of Nature’s God that it is easier to invoke the yoke of tyranny than it is to travel the path of Nature’s truth.

Responsibility for ones actions, distancing yourself from a scapegoat and taking the reigns to an uncertain future is frightening. On the other hand,  it is a sign of profound weakness to cower in the dark, allowing others to decide your fate, your reality and your worth. It is sheer cowardice to succumb to the fear of the unknown and allow your children to be enslaved because of your own ineptness.

We learn that democracies are the rarest form of government in the history of human kind. For each democracy born was short-lived, either due to corruption, mendacious leaders or complicity in the destruction of that with which we are endowed by the virtue of the human soul. Humans allowed fear to win over freedom. Humans allowed fear to win over individuality. Humans allowed the political classes to declare themselves above Nature and Nature’s God. Humans allowed the political class to manipulate the true blessings of Nature and Nature’s God in exchange for bread and circuses and life without responsibility.

Those who wish to make a Godless society, those that wish to deny Nature’s blessings upon humankind are the enemy of freedom, of liberty and justice. Those that decide that our rights come from the will of a self-perpetuating narcissistic ruling class rather than the exigencies of humanity’s right to existence are the enemies of a free people.

Those who presuppose that they are more powerful than the Universe run roughshod over humanity’s inherent rights. Those that denigrate the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, denigrate our greatest gift. Be careful of those that put themselves above the wonders of the Universe. For they will laud themselves over you, making of themselves a new deity while decrying the freedoms we hold so dear.

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I wanted to wish everyone a joyous Independence Day. Let us not forget those that sacrificed so much so that we, their posterity, would enjoy the freedoms to which we are entitled under the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God. By the way, just one of those obnoxious asides, the vote on the Independence Resolution, aka the Lee Resolution, actually took place on July 2, 1776. The Declaration was not read to the public until July 4, which is why July 4th is the day that we celebrate our Independence.

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