Richard A. Lopchinsky

I’m scared!

The last time I remember being really scared in America was after the Crown Heights riots in 1991. But now I’m much more apprehensive. Back then the riots were quite limited to the area affected and were not directly politically motivated. But now the situation is entirely different.

No matter where you stand on the political spectrum I hope you can understand how the other side feels disenfranchised. Actually, it is only a small minority of people that understand this concept and are willing to respect the other’s opinion, even if you disagree with it. That is true freedom of speech.

Unfortunately, we have lost our freedom of speech. We lost it in schools and universities where history is being distorted to conform to an anarchist, “anti-racist”(meaning anti-White), or socialist agenda. We lost it in universities where Jewish students are threatened both verbally and physically by anti-Israel (and anti-Semitic) rhetoric.

We lost it in the New York Times and the rest of the media where any voice in defense of Israel is shut down. Where a United States Senator’s book is denied publication, not on its merits, but because of a political stand he took unrelated to the book.

We lost it in social media where the voice of the Ayatollah declaring death to America and Israel on a regular basis is accepted but the voice of anyone who has supported the President of the United States (even if they disagreed with his behavior) is shut down. We lost it when Facebook decides to invade your data on What’s App for their own agenda.

We lost it when the Mayor of New York permitted the BLM movement to tear apart Manhattan without “social distancing” while publicly banning Jews from attending a funeral. Where the Jews and Catholics have to go to the Supreme Court to have their religious services treated with the same consideration as other “essential businesses” such as barber shops!

We lost it when BLM and the other anarchists are allowed to tear up Portland, Manhattan, Minneapolis, Atlanta, etc. for months on end without consequence but when a group of frustrated and misguided “Patriots” (wrongfully)   invade the Capital for several hours, the indignation of the left used it as an excuse to crucify the President a second time, without due process. Imagine what Congress could have accomplished in the past few years if they hadn’t wasted so much time impeaching the President.

Finally, we lost it when we allowed China to invade all aspects of our society: from adding microchips to computers (to spy), to collaborating on all sorts of research in our academic centers (so they can steal the technology), to having a member of the House Intelligence Committee in a relationship with a Chinese espionage agent, to having members of Congress consult for a Chinese “surveillance” company, and to have the son of the President-elect doing major business contacts. And nobody seems bothered by this.

So I am afraid of what happens next. What I would like is the creation of a 3rd party – a centrist party that is interested in all sides working together for a better America. It would encourage Americans to respect one another, to help the poor, to build the economy, to understand that we need to balance a budget if we are to survive, to educate the next generation to accept the fact that despite its numerous faults America had created the best and freest society on earth.

But alas, I’m afraid my thoughts are just pipe dreams. If that is the case, then I’m afraid the next several years will yield more division and conflict and perhaps even the destruction of America as we knew and loved it. I hope whoever reads this will stop and take a breath and try to be inspired to work toward a lesser contention from all sides. May God bless America and show our leaders the correct path.

About the Author
Strong religious zionist background: First trip in 1963 - bar mitzvah, spent a summer volunteering at Hadassah in 1970, spent a year in Yeshiva in Jerusalem in 1971-72, parents made aliya in 1979, Tried to make aliyah in 1983 but was told I wouldn't fit into the system (after completing a fellowship in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) Professional: Board certified in general surgery, private practice in Manhattan for 28years, the Chief of the ENT / Head & Neck Service at the Phoenix VAMC, Clinical professor of surgery at Univ of AZ-Phoenix for 8 years. Finally made Aliyah in 2016 to work in Rambam. Licensed and Board certified in Israel Hobbies: Skiing, Hiking, Creating
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