Why History begins Today

As Jews we know how important our past is and always has been over the course of more than three thousand years. We learn because we remember. There is a case to be made to remember our roots, grow out of the mistakes of the past and to be nurtured by the successes.

This post is not a pledge to erase history. It is a caveat for times when politics are played rough.

Since the Byzantine captivity we can clearly see how memory can be passed through family and tradition. We shall keep that in mind when we must be silent in public.

Cynics say that history is the lie that survives. Winners write it. But under the deception lies the truth, kept in your families, in your books and your habits. At the moment we watch the onslaught of UNESCO on our heritage and on the truth. And yet truth will survive.

We face a time where dissent becomes increasingly more difficult in the West and that includes not just the present but also the past.

You may opine that abolition was well under way across Europe and North America when Lincoln started his war (before freeing the slaves in his own territory). You may also opine that he was a tyrant and his assassin a freedom fighter reestablishing the democratic republic. But you better don’t say so.

You may opine that the modern day political left shares more with the Nazis than today’s political right. But you better don’t say so.

You may opine that the French Revolution was a dud, a bloodshed for no good, but you keep your lips close.

You may opine that the French contribution to democratic ideas are either plagiarism or at best overrated.

You better don’t say so. But for the dangers of silence say so as soon as you feel you can.

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G20 Summit Turmoils

To be clear the G20 was as pointless as expected, the final resolution unspecific and not binding. That is what a sane mind knew already before the summit and sees confirmed after the summit.

But things do last. Shop windows were broken, cars were burnt, tax payer money was wasted, streets laid to waste. These long lasting effects were also known before and the raison d’etre of the event, which could have easily been held somewhere on the countryside where security can be ensured.

It was a show of force. The left could prove that there is an even more obnoxious leftist milieu that makes them look ‘centrist’. Their state organisers could prove that they are in command and present police and weaponry to the public eye. And their street thugs could pretend that they fight against same state by attacking the working-class in uniform, the policemen on the ground.

But there is one more lasting effect. Almost five hundred of these policemen were wounded, not all of their wounds will heal. It was a calculated game and the men and women in uniform who had the least influence on what happened suffer the most.

Let’s pray for their recovery!

Europe’s Mass Migration: The Leaders vs. the Public

“[T]he more generous you are, the more word gets around about this — which in turn motivates more people to leave Africa. Germany cannot possibly take in the huge number of people who are wanting to make their way to Europe.” — Bill Gates. The annual

via Europe’s Mass Migration: The Leaders vs. the Public — Gatestone Institute :: Articles

India accused of Ceasefire Violation

The Foreign Office (FO) on Sunday lodged a protest with India and urged New Delhi to investigate civilian casualties in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) due to unprovoked ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) a day earlier. Indian troops heavily shelled different areas of AJK from across the LoC on Saturday, leaving at least…

via Pakistan lodges protest with India over AJK civilian casualties after LoC firing — The Dawn News – Home

The Ills of the German Constitution

To begin with there are naturally so many ills of the constitution, the Grundgesetz, that I just come down with the most important shortfalls.

It is a Book

That sounds silly, particularly for people who don’t live in the English speaking world, but there is a problem in itself when a constitution is not concise. The reality of the thought out and crisp US American constitution is that everybody read it and is constantly talking about it. Only a people that knows what needs to be defended when it matters will defend it.

It is already Outdated

First it sounded like a good idea to restrict government power by defining exactly what the government can do and would allow for nothing else. However, that did not only lead to the oversized text, but required the writers to know everything about the future. Debates whether the writers had thought of the internet, gay marriage and so on haunt Germans forever more.

It is treated like a Religious Book

Like any religious book the Grundgesetz is never read, always believed to say what the individual basing his argument on it wants it to say and must not be contested, not even amended beyond some petty left-wing policy goals.  To leave ‘the ground of the Grundgesetz’ is a phrase uttered whenever somebody is accused of apostasy. The name Grundgesetz replaces the words democracy, human rights and so forth, leaving the populace wildly uninformed. Germans regard their constitution as an embodyment of their values, which are actually the zeitgeist of the day. They see it less as a document to restrict the powers of the government. The saints of that ‘religion’ are called the ‘Fathers of the Grundgesetz’ and nobody can say who they are and why they are always right.

It doesn’t do what it says it does

Church and state are seperated. Problem is that churches are legally organs of the German state and even school indoctination is commanded by the Grundgesetz. The contradictions go on and on, hardly mentioned, hardly discussed. Who would? Nobody reads it! And doesn’t government and media put out ‘legal constitution experts’ to safeguard the people against government overreach? Isn’t that good enough? For Germans it is.

It doesn’t enforce Democratic Principals

The government is elected in a way that the majority party leadership, the government and the leading functions of the parliament are in the hands of the same people. These small circles of power don’t even change much over the course of multiple elections. The media market is also drowned by state media decreed by the Grundgesetz. Only G-d knows on what the Supreme Court Justices base their verdicts but they manage to demand law changes to set government payments to the penny.

That is just a quick overview of what is wrong with both the text and the practice.

Disclaimer: Since the government is a tad nervous at the moment, I confirm that the constitution must be respected. Changes are applied by the channels that the constitution itself sets.

Threat of North Korea completely Exaggerated

What’s needed in North Korea is a different strategy. Here’s David Stockman’s proposal, from ronpaulinstitute.org: The threat of nuclear war has again sharply escalated owing to North Korea’s apparent successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), albeit one that traveled only 600 miles, not the 6,000 miles needed to reach California. Likewise, it was […]

via Why Imperial Washington Should Cool it On North Korea, by David Stockman — STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

Church Bell with Swastika and Pledge to Hitler Decoration May Remain

After we have seen an extraordinary iconoclasm in the Western World in recent years, removing statues, street names and much more to eradicate the mixed and often painful memory of our past, there is a sign of hope.

The village Herxheim am Berg in Rhineland-Palatinate decided to keep the Bell. The wording says ‘Everything for the Fatherland’ in the first row and ‘Adolf Hitler’ in the second.

The bell was made in 1934 and should remind us all today that there was a zeitgeist hardly objected at the time that led to catastrophic consequences.

Source:  FAZ.NET