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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Jewish History. Syrian Refugees. Muslims. Donald Trump.

The following excerpts from several articles provide only a very small part of a much, much bigger picture of Jewish history. Open the embedded links for the cited articles to read them in their entirety.
In the year 1741 BCE, Abraham began his long journey from Haran to Canaan - a journey which would change the history of the world and have a profound effect on the development of most major religions.
(This website provides Year by Year History of the Jewish people 
with many embedded page links to read more information and 
also includes links to indices of names, entries, and places.)

The people of Israel (also called the "Jewish People") trace their origin to Abraham, who established the belief that there is only one God, the creator of the universe (see Torah). Abraham, his son Yitshak (Isaac), and grandson Jacob (Israel), are referred to as the patriarchs of the Israelites. All three patriarchs lived in the Land of Canaan, that later came to be known as the Land of Israel. They and their wives are buried in the Ma'arat HaMachpela, the Tomb of the Patriarchs, in Hebron (Genesis Chapter 23).

The concept of segregating Jews involuntarily behind walls was developed in ancient times, but it was not actually implemented as a policy until 1462 in Frankfurt, Germany......At one time or another, all Jews were expelled from England (1290), France (1306 and 1394), Austria (1420), and Spain (1492). There were local expulsions throughout Europe including those in Germany.

The extremely long history of Jewish people (who have long been in the "minority" of peoples throughout the world) is one of many trials, tribulations, turbulence, perseverance, and survival against many obstacles that include prejudice, discrimination, xenophobia all hiding under the guise of protecting non-Jewish people from those "dirty Jews" as they have been called by the "majority" who profess they are only acting to protect themselves.

Oh, gentle reader, you are probably wondering where the Syrian Refugees, Muslims, and Donald Trump part of the title of this Roland Hansen Commentary comes in. It's really quite simple.

People have been fleeing Syria by the millions to escape the horrors of the violent Syrian civil war and from the terrorist organization called the Islamic State. In their life or death flight, these men, women, and children have sought refuge throughout Europe and North America, including the United States of America.

However, many countries have refused to accept the Syrian refugees, some countries have limited their numbers; some countries have required the refugees to reside within a certain specified geographical area; and many people are calling for the refugees to be clearly identified, cataloged, and tracked.

There is an unfathomable number of people who have a firmly held opinion that all Syrian refugees are Muslims and/or that there are many Muslim terrorists in disguise of refugees. These politically conservative people are of the opinion that the Syrian refugees should be treated as the Jewish people have been treated throughout much of history. -- Keep them isolated, keep them away; keep them out of the country --- all for "our" own protection (of course) because "they" are murderous heathens who only want to kill Christians and Jews and take over the world. Oh, the horror! (Oh, the shades of thoughts of the Crusades waged by Christians, the Inquisitions conducted by Christians, and the Holocaust executed by Nazi German Christians.)

Well, I got news for those Conservative-minded self-avowed saviors of Western society, aka Western culture, aka Western culture. Not all these refugees are Muslim, certainly many are Muslim but not all. More news: Just as there are many denominations of Christianity and just as there are many denominations of Judaism, there are various denominations of Islam, aka Muslims. Yes, there are many terrorists who are Muslim but when examined as a percentage of the millions of Muslims in the world the terrorists are in no way close to be a large percentage of the entire Muslim population. There are many terrorists who call themselves Christian, but there is no movement in the Western world to ban or limit Christians.

I could go on and on, but I also realize those persons who are anti-Syrian Refugee and/or anti-Muslim will just come up with their own arguments to point out what they perceive to be the fallacy of my perspective, just as I perceive the fallacy of their perspective.

Now, Donald Trump! Tell you what -- rather than me writing about him on this topic, I suggest you just read these articles to which I have placed an embedded link:

Adolf Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf, "By defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."
Germany's Catholics were proud as peacocks to count their Fuerher as one of their own ... it was extremely important in a country where 98% of the population viewed themselves as Christian, that Hitler persuade the masses that he was one of them, i.e. Christian
The population of Germany in 1933 was around 60 million. Almost all Germans were Christian, belonging either to the Roman Catholic (ca. 20 million members) or the Protestant (ca. 40 million members) churches. The Jewish community in Germany in 1933 was less than 1% of the total population of the country.How did Christians and their churches in Germany respond to the Nazi regime and its laws, particularly to the persecution of the Jews? The racialized anti-Jewish Nazi ideology converged with antisemitism that was historically widespread throughout Europe at the time and had deep roots in Christian history. For all too many Christians, traditional interpretations of religious scriptures seemed to support these prejudices.

Is it any wonder that on January 21, 2016, I posted the Roland Hansen Commentary:
Is Donald Trump the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler?

Friday, March 11, 2016

Is Donald Trump an Advocate of Violence and Lawlessness?

Here are some excerpts from an article I read online:
"It is a sad, sad commentary on the state of political affairs that, after Donald Trump's answer to questions about violence at his campaign events, reasonable people in both parties had reason to be afraid."
"This was the actual employment of language and logic used to justify cross-burnings, lynchings and all manner of illegal, extra-judicial and inhumane behavior in U.S. history. This is what has been said to support attempted genocides, ethnic expulsions and some of the most shameful political acts around the globe. This is the actual route by which bigotry has, in the course of human history, become accepted practice and policy. This is the way that entire groups have been terrorized, demonized and oppressed."
"Trump's racially charged, primitively coded answers to Tapper's questions amount to a strong Exhibit A. The unmistakable frequency with which black and Latino protesters at Trump events are singled out for violent or at least certainly hands-on attacks and rally removals are Exhibits B-Z. Consider the evidence with care."
"Trump said more than once during the debate that his voters are driven by love."
Over the years that I have been blogging, I have learned that it is not uncommon for some web sites or some web pages to which I have linked to have been removed by the originating source or for the link itself to no longer work. Indeed, many news sources seem to remove their stories after some time has passed. That being stated, I wish to direct you to the following embedded link to read the entire story from which I copied and pasted the above excerpts, Incidentally, the article also contains some very good video. I hope this article and my link to it continue to function long after I publish this Roland Hansen Commentary. Okay, here is the story (embedded within its title) from The Washington Post you really should read:

Saturday, March 5, 2016

I like Bernie Sanders.

PREFACE: More often than not, I try to give a bit of thought to the wording I use in my entries to Roland Hansen Commentary. This one is one of the exceptions in which I have just written what came to mind as I placed fingers to the keyboard.
I am tired of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. I am tired of big business thriving on the sweat of low paid workers. I am tired of supplementing private business enterprises with my tax dollars. I am tired of corporate welfare. I am tired of multi-millionaires paying zero income taxes.I am tired of the USA fighting wars on behalf of despots. I am tired of having to fight for adequate health care all the while the health care industry and the insurance industry are profiting by withholding needed medical care and exorbitant premiums, deductibles, and co pays. I am tired of prescription drugs in the USA being more expensive than those exact same meds in Canada. I am tired of breathing polluted air because big industry wants to take shortcuts in order to enhance their profit margin. I am tired of the military - industrial complex disregarding basic human rights. I am tired of the oligarchy that permeates our political and social structure. And, there is so much more.

All that brings me to making the statement:

I like Bernie Sanders. 
Now that I have expressed my initial thoughts, I continue on with a more thought out, not so spur of the moment writing.
For those who wonder what brought this about, I am sick and tired of the same ol' same ol' in American politics. The political games that have played out over the past four American Presidential terms have been disgusting. However, the debacle that has been occurring over the past several months in the American political scene as it relates to the various candidates seeking to become the next President of The United States of America are absolutely disgusting and deplorable.

FYI: Bernard "Bernie" Sanders is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from Vermont. He is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

In my humble opinion, every candidate seeking to become the next President of the United States, except for, Bernie Sanders is of questionable character. Special interest groups representing narrow self-interests are pushing each of the contestants. Again, IMHO, only Bernie Sanders, who has been called The Populist Prophet, stands out as a champion for the average person.

If you have an inquisitive mind about how Bernie Sanders stands on issues, I suggest you read and explore the following:
2016 Presidential Candidates, Bernie Sanders On the issues

There are a couple Twiitter accounts for Bernie Sanders.
  • One is: Bernie Sanders @SenSanders, Sen. Bernie Sanders is the longest serving independent in congressional history. Tweets ending in -B are from Bernie, and all others are from a staffer.
  • And the other is: Bernie Sanders @BernieSanders, Join our campaign for president at . Tweets by staff.

And, there is also a Bernie Sanders YouTube Channel.

So, now that I wrote all that, and included some very useful embedded links, I might add, --- Does anyone care to know how I truly feel?

I like Bernie Sanders.