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To Renew the Beginning: A Lesson from an Atheist February 23, 2009

Posted by Daniel Downs in Bible, Declaration of Independence, Israel, Middle East, natural law, politics, religion, secularism, United States.

Machiavelli’s Discourses makes extensive use of Livy’s history of Rome. The enigmatic atheist writes: “If one wishes a religion or a republic to live long, one must bring it back frequently to its beginning.”

For in their beginnings, comments Leo Strauss, religions and republics must have had some virtue or strength, else they would not have gained their initial reputation and would not have spread. “Machiavelli proves his thesis regarding republics, by the example of Rome’s regaining new life and new virtue after her defeat by the Gauls.” Rome then renewed its old orders, especially those of religion, through the neglect of which she had suffered disaster and had declined.

Therein we see why the United States is declining. The Americans have forsaken the religion that inspired the beginning of their republic. I am alluding to the theology and ethics embodied in their Declaration of Independence. The Declaration, which was included in eight of the original thirteen states of the Federal Union, expresses the underlying political philosophy of the American Constitution. Abraham Lincoln called the Declaration “our ancient faith.” Nevertheless, President Barack Obama has boasted that he will provide a new Declaration of Independence, hence a new beginning.

Evident here is the monumental arrogance of America’s new president, and arrogance rooted in abysmal ignorance. This arrogance of ignorance has long been evident among Israel’s political and judicial elites. These elites stumble in darkness, the darkness of a state whose so-called Declaration of Independence tacitly denies the Covenant of Mount Sinai. Blinded by the Enlightenment or the “Age of Reason,” they have been pursuing the irrational policy of “territory for peace” with Arabs who never experienced the Enlightenment and whose religion exalts war.

The Age of Reason has thus led in Israel—and not only in Israel—to an Age of Unreason or Stupidity. Israel’s Illuminati believe they can make Israel’s backward, barbaric, and jihadic enemies modern, civilized, and peaceful by making them prosperous! What a travesty of 2,000 years of Jewish suffering, so many as dhimmis among Muslims who once again are threatening civilization.

Israel, the “light of the nations,” has become a black hole. Let me remind you of the illustrious Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen, who called Judaism the “religion of reason.” Cohen traced the religion of reason to Moses, mankind’s greatest law-giver. Alas, Moses has been supplanted in Israel by Judge Aharon Barak, the former president of Israel’s Supreme Court, who laid down the dictum “everything is justiciable,” including, therefore, the law of Moses.

Barak and his anti-Jewish minions—let us not mince words—Barak and his ultra-secular Illuminati want to make Israel another dismal “state of its citizens,” a state lacking any distinctive national identity, which can only mean they want to nullify Israel as a Jewish state. These peace-loving Ahmadinejads want to wipe Israel off the map!

One way of erasing Israel is by expunging the historical or collective memory of the Jewish people. This lobotomy can be done by establishing an Arab state in Judea and Samaria—the names of places sanctified by the Prophets of Israel and hallowed by the teachings of Israel’s great rabbis.

This is why the Camp David Accords refer to Judea and Samaria as the “West Bank.” Those accords were signed, in shortsightedness, if not in cowardice, by Menachem Begin! A few words in a document — not economics, not Marxism, not “American pressure” — inaugurated a revolution among the people of Israel.

A few words propelled these Jews on a road that may deprive them of their heartland and national identity. Even though that road is already soaked with Jewish blood, we still have spiritually vacuous and intellectually shallow prime ministers serving, in a stupidity born of cowardice, the spearhead of Islamic imperialism. Nothing is further from their minds than to restore the virtue and strength of Israel’s beginning.

Then let us put our minds to work and form a virtual government based on structural principles related to those of the Torah, a government whose elected and appointed ministers love and honor the Jewish people and who want to renew the virtue and strength of their ancient heritage? I mean a government that would empower the Jewish people and represent their noblest aspirations. Hence, a government that wants to revive the world-historical mission of the Jewish People, the one and only God-bearing nation.

by Paul Eidelberg, Co-Founder and President of the Foundation for Constitutional Democracy



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