Freedom

Posted on December 29th, by A. Robert Johnson in Observations - Domestic. Comments Off on Freedom

“Arm the teachers.”
National Rifle Association

December 24, 2012

America is always in crisis. Threats abound. A few people know this, and are poised to correct the perception the vast majority have that there is no threat. These alarm-sounders have been around since the early days when Sam Adams and Paul Revere poked outside Sam’s tavern onto the village green to see who might join the effort to assure no one could impose excessive taxation by virtue of the fact that these distant “landlords” – the British – had taken the first risks to settle this vast continent. Of course the Brits had competition, and a bundle was at stake defending whose continent this might be. Anyone happening to have arrived before them was likely not going to be consulted. The tides of commerce assured this premise.

Any summary lesson in American history would go through the litany of conflict among its citizens to recite the whiskey rebellion, the Mexican war, the Alamo and the Civil War. Isolationism, keeping us out of both WW I and WWII, was a natural phenomenon, given how many “Americans” came from places that fought to the death over every scrap of cultural and geographic space. While America had, … Read More »

Peace With Israel

Posted on December 6th, by A. Robert Johnson in Foreign Policy. Comments Off on Peace With Israel

The historic certainty in the minds of Jews worldwide is encapsulated in Bibi Netanyahu’s father’s life’s work. Netanyahu père was the author of an exhaustive study of the Spanish Inquisition. He was convinced that there will never be a time when people will not do their best to kill every Jew, for which point of view there is ample evidence. Ehud Olmert, Israel’s Prime Minister from April 2006 to March 2009, in an interview on PBS of November 2012 with Charlie Rose, asserted that the process of finding a peaceful resolution between Jews and Palestinians in Israel is encumbered by the fear that were Israel to assume a course that fulfilled the promise of a one state democratic entity, Jews risk becoming a minority.

Given the abject failure of guarantees of security for Israel by successive U.S. governments to eliminate violence and the threat of it in the region as the result of the issue of abrogation of Palestinians’ rights by Israel, the single policy choice for the U.S. and Israel is to go ahead with the democratic state inferred in Israel’s founding documents, thereby assuring the state’s security by guarantee of the entire world community. At the same stroke, the … Read More »