Fight-back

trump has loaded the Supreme Court with his toadies-Neil Gorshuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, who will be alongside Clarence Thomas in wearing away certain rights down to zero: the right to a safe abortion; the rights of LGBT people to hold a job, live in an apartment, to marry, or just to live; the rights of workers to redress grievances, to earn a fair income and employment opportunities, and to have a safe working environment; and, particularly relevant right now, the right to vote in elections, so that we the people can influence those decisions affecting us and our communities.

The 2020 elections are on, and so are Republican efforts to undermine the peoples’ right to vote, and the ability of states to accurately count the ballots, utilizing a number of legal gimmicks, so that their orange boss-man remains in power, and they stay in power. Have they ever considered that we the people will NOT accept having our rights taken from us? These rulers over us are so apart from us that they have no idea what we live through on a daily basis. this is particularly true concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

And they must expect us to accept any erosion of our rights they put before us, like it’s a done deal. American history is full of times when a situation that is going on at that moment is permanent, such as slavery. But dedicated activists, like the kids out on the streets protesting police abuse and urging people to vote, have, and continue to, push our country in a more positive direction.

The day after the election, there will be demonstrations to support our right to vote; we will show we won’t tolerate the violation of our rights. Please be sure to take part in one in your area, you know I will, for the sake of our country and its future.

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Saving Our Democracy

I urge you, ALL of you, to get out and vote on November 3, to remove this corrupt, putrid regime from OUR White House. trump has been a stench on our country, ruining the reputation of the United States, and proving his incompetence and disinterest in the public well-being by doing nothing about the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging through our nation, sickening several million of our fellow Americans, killing over 220,00 of them. He is a sorry excuse of a man who uses our military against their fellow Americans-the same military he calls “suckers” and “losers.” He uses his office to steer money towards his otherwise failing businesses and towards his useless offspring.

And he WILL do any vicious act, through the courts or his hired thugs and goons, to stay in power, either declaring votes to be illegitimate to by physical intimidation. By that act, we cannot recognize him as our legitimate President, and is there =fore unworthy of obedience or allegiance. We must take to the streets to support our democracy, as the people of Belarus have done against their authoritarian dictator. The future of the country is in our hands.

The Mason Moment, October 27, 2020

Greetings!

I cannot stress enough the necessity of voting on November 3rd, if you haven’t already done it by mail. Only WE the American people stand as a bulwark against t—p’s drive to attain a dictatorship, just like his idols Putin and Kim Jong Un. We know t—p is down in the polls, but that is no grounds for overconfidence-that’s what got us the disaster of 2016.

The FBI has uncovered another effort by the Russian intelligence agencies of trying to interfere with our election system (https://www.npr.org/2020/10/22/926825699/ongoing-russian-cyberattacks-are-targeting-u-s-election-systems-feds-say), just as they did in 2016. But t—p continues to accept such interference, since it benefits him; he is dependent on foreign meddling in our elections. But, as they say, the Russian cyber-attacks on our elections have utilized the racial divisions that have plagued our country from the beginning. It’s a cliché-though VERY true- that racism and ethnic rivalry have been used by elites to keep the working and lower classes under control, so that they don’t combine against their masters. Well, it’s true once more, but this time it’s a foreign entity playing Americans against each other.

The Republican leadership-of course Mitch McConnell-willfully did nothing about it, but accepted the Russian cyber-attacks, just so they can attain power and ram through their dreams of deeper tax cuts for billionaires and loading the federal judiciary with their kinds of judges-ones who will bring women’s reproductive rights to zero, who will limit workers’ rights to organize, and who will reduce the ability of people of color to vote-which brings me to the nomination and finalized appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

t—p and the Republicans act as if we should sit back and allow this to happen to us-the elimination of people’s rights is now a done deal. No, we will NOT accept this! The protests against Coney-Barrett, demonstrations against police abuse in minority communities, the neglect that our own government has for its own citizens in distress, are signs of continuing upheaval in this country. Our “leadership” in this country has disconnected itself from the rest of the population, caring nothing for the suffering the COVID-19 pandemic has cause, refusing to pass legislation for relief for state and local governments, small businesses, hospitals that have dealt with treating COVID patients and workers who lost work due to the pandemic.

And what has been the Republican leadership’s response to pandemic unemployment? “reopen the schools, reopen the job sites,” while the COVID is resurging throughout the country, and if workers catch the virus and die so that Republicans and their corporate backers can get richer, how heroic of them!  

Failure is NOT an option, Americans! We MUST vote out this regime on November 3, so that the good name of our country will be restored. And if Donnie and his dodos refuse to leave graciously, we must take to the streets in record numbers, as they did in Belarus against their authoritarian regime. We owe it to ourselves, the generation before us fighting for freedom, and our descendants.      

Stay safe, stay strong, and stay together! America will be free! Bye!

Notes on Torah Portion Bereshith

Recently we studied the Torah portion Bereshith, Genesis 1:1-6:8. This portion is about the origin of the Universe, in a spiritual interpretation. In 1:26, God says, “Let us make Man in Our image, after our likeness. They shall rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the cattle, the whole earth, and all the creeping things that creep on Earth. And God created Man in His image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.”

“Let us make Man in OUR image” – plural. God is One, so why the plural?

“…in Our image…” What is the image of God? A reflection of God, if not God Him/Herself? Are we to be part of God in the world?

God assigns Man dominion over the creatures of the Earth; this does not imply that Man can do whatever he wants to the Earth. Man, being a reflection of the image of God, is to do God’s work on the Earth.

“…male and female he created them.” This is one of the stories of the beginning of male and female in this portion.

God has given Man every plant and fruit, and every animal therein. The plant and animal life of the earth is a gift of God, for all.

2:1-7-God rests of the seventh day. God forms Man from the dust of the Earth (material substance), and “blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and Man became a living being.” The “breath of life” must refer to the soul, in Hebrew Neshamah; without it, the body is dead material. the soul is a portion of God; God has placed a portion of himself inside each human being, to do His work on Earth. Humans are not at all separate from God.

2:18-God tries to find for Man a compatible companion. God brings out all the animals, and Man names each species; this signals further man’s supervision of the earth on behalf of God. God forms Woman from Man; Man and Woman are made of the same material, physical and spiritual. They are opposite each other, and still compatible and complementary-both are equally necessary. (This is also a different story of the origin of Male and Female in chapter one.)

“The two of them were naked, the man and his wife, yet they felt no shame.” What does “nakedness” mean here? This is what led to the idea of the naked human body as being “sinful” and “shameful.”

Chapter 4-After Adam and Eve were exiled from the Garden of Eden, the give birth to Cain and Abel. Cain was a farmer and Abel was a sheppard; each of them presents an offering to God, and God accepts Abel’s offering but not Cain’s. What was wrong with Cain’s offering?

God tell Cain (4:6-7) If you do right, there is uplift; but if you do not do right, sin crouches at the door; its urge is toward you, but you can be its master.” God doesn’t wat a perfunctory offering or ritual; He wants us to live and act righteously in the world, and to control the negative inclinations we have.

4:8-Out in the field, Cain kills Abel-out of jealousy for God accepting his offering? Is Abel not willing to follow any sort of spiritual discipline?

4:9-God call out to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” It’s more like a challenge to Cain than a question. Cain says, “I don’t know, am I my brother’s keeper?” This is the challenge we face to this day-what are the responsibilities we have to each other’s welfare?

Chapter 6-“The divine beings” come to earth and take the daughters of Men as wives; they are called “Nephilim;” is there any literature about the “Nephilim?”

These are speculations and questions on my part, I have no answers.

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The Mason Moment with John Oliver Mason, October 5, 2020

I speak today about trump’s tax avoidance; his debate bullying, including his endorsement of the “Proud Boys,” a notorious racist gang of thugs; the coronoavirus infecting trump and his regime; and the need to vote and stay engaged in the political system.

Take The Gloves Off!

The presidential “debate” this past Tuesday shows once again the kind of bullying rich brat donald trump remains, and the kind of dictator he aspires to be, along with Putin and Kim Jong Un. He constantly interrupted Biden an Chris Wallace, like it was his manorial right as one of the socio-economic elite. Biden, a way more mainstream politician with experience in debating, had to finally bark, “Will you shut up, man?”, realizing trump wont’ follow any rules, either of democracy or common decency.

Wallace asked trump if he would condemn the white supremacist-neo-fascist elements that have rallied to his campaign; trump kept talking about alleged left-wing violence and said (talking like the ignorant bully-boss he is) “Gimme a name.” Biden mentioned the proud Boys, a notorious neo-Nazi gang of thugs ( https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/09/25/moment-proud-boys-have-been-waiting). trump said to them, “stand back and stand down,” telling them to get ready for action.

This is no longer politics as usual; to remain in the White House, trump will utilize every lever of state power, and his hold on his cult followers, encouraging terrorism against his opponents, breaking every law and allowing Russian intelligence agencies to spread misinformation over social media, so that we don’t know who or what to believe. this is the kind of “man” we have as our “president.”

No more of this! No more being pushed around! The civics lessons of junior high no longer apply! We’re NOT giving up, we WILL vote, we WILL take to the courts AND the streets, we WILL save our democracy! Are you ready, Americans?

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