Welcome to the new year. 2016 promises to be extremely interesting and we will be here to dissect the world once again. Because we are still in the celebratory mood, I will take it easy this week and brush over two subjects that caught my attention as 2015 bade farewell: the renewed Catholic-Jewish Brotherhood and Hillary Clinton's Chutzpah.
The Brotherly Love Between Catholics & Jews
In December, two rather curious statements were issued:
1. The Catholic Church, more precisely the Vatican, issued a document re-stating that Jews are “our elder brothers” (Pope John Paul II) and our “fathers in faith” (Pope Benedict XVI); that Jesus was indeed a Jew who lived according to the Jewish Tradition; and, the Church also declared that Jews are no longer the target of conversions.
2. A group of Orthodox Rabbis, just like Maimonides and Yehuda HaLevi before them, acknowledged that “Christianity is neither an accident nor an error, but the willed divine outcome and gift to the nations. In separating Judaism and Christianity, G-d willed a separation between partners with significant theological differences, not a separation between enemies. (...) We understand that there is room in traditional Judaism to see Christianity as part of G-d’s covenantal plan for humanity, as a development out of Judaism that was willed by G-d,”.
These two statements are of capital importance given the present world context:
- The fight against Global Jihad
- The Palestinian effort to fake Jesus' ID
- The widespread moral corruption
- The End of Days
Hillary Clinton's Email Scandal
This scandal is one of the most amusing political cases ever. So let's see if we all get it right: Mrs Clinton, as Secretary of State, used an insecure private server (located in her home loo) to send and receive emails (many of which holding classified information) when she was supposed to use the State Department's secure server; and now she wants to be the President of the United States of America. What's wrong with this scenario? Everything.
Several pieces have been written about this matter, so I will not bore you with details; however, a couple of questions must be asked:
- If women vote for Mrs Clinton just because she's a woman (while ignoring the national security threat she has posed [and probably still does] to the US), what does that say about the female electorate?
- Even though the DNC knew about the dubious luggage that Mrs Clinton carries, the party decided to endorse her for the candidacy; what does that say about the Democrat Party?
- In 2008, when Hillary Clinton fought to be the Democrat nominee for the Presidential race, her opposing camp organised grassroots activists to ask voters whether they really wanted to watch Hillary Clinton growing old before their eyes (though I never understood that strategy since all of them grow older, in a very poorly fashion, before our eyes): what changed now, why is everybody so willing to see her "grow old" before their eyes in 2016, when they refused to do it in 2008?
- Why does Mrs Clinton think she deserves to serve in office when she seems to have abused the State Department for self-gain? If she'd ever be elected as Commander-in-Chief, there's no guarantee that she wouldn't abuse the oval office to benefit her daughter's family, her friends, her connections and all of those who contributed heavily to her husband's foundation (an organisation that reportedly only gives 10% of total donations to charity).
I would like to see a woman in the White House too – since, in this aspect, America is lagging quite a bit; however, I wouldn't want to see a woman with a questionable political past inasmuch as we have seen what politicians that engage in dubious dealing can do to countries (e.g. Brasil's Lula da Silva and Dilma Rouseff; Portugal's José Sócrates; Israel's Ehud Olmert; Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe; South Africa's Jacob Zuma; Argentina's Cristina Fernández; Venezuela's Mario Maduro et al). Gender mumbo-jumbo (i.e. contemporary feminism) should not come before national interest and security.
The above two subjects alone, promise indeed an exciting 2016. So, ladies and gentlemen, join us as we proceed dissecting everything that surrounds us. Let's get cracking.
(Image: The Kiss - Mihály Zichy)
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