Naphtali Perlberger

Metastatic cancer of cognitive dissonance

Worldwide rallies and protests, involving thousands and even millions of voices, fill our eyes and ears on a variety of issues — climate, guns, LBGT, BLM, just to name a few.  On the pretext of civil activism, they are increasingly polarizing, divisive and highly racial. The prevailing systemic racism is not as the media or the progressive Left blare out, but rather a racial prejudice against all who are not black, brown, or red!  Intersectionality raises up as its ideal anyone who either has a combination of the above colors, fits into the LBGT model, and is preferably anti-religious, as embracing the idolatry of science and technology.

By contrast, in the ’60s and ’70s, such mass outpourings occurred in peaceful demonstrations and fund-raising concerts protesting the Vietnam War, or calling for the end of conflict and hunger in Biafra, Bangladesh and other regions where human rights were being ravaged, and engaging in nonviolent marches to address violations of civil rights. They were mostly color-blind, nondenominational, and they were attended and funded by every walk of life. For sure, there were the fringe groups in the Far Right and Far Left, but they were not the predominant voices.

In the Halls of Congress, bipartisanship was often displayed in the sweeping legislation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and so many other society-driven agendas. Democracy and Capitalism dwarfed and bloodlessly blotted out the USSR. As recently as October 8, 2002,  by a joint and unanimous Resolution, Congress reaffirmed the National Motto, “In God We Trust,”  the Pledge of Allegiance and the American Flag. As for the American Dream promised by the Founders and symbolized by the Statue of Liberty, the United States remained the strongest and most vibrant haven for peoples of all races, religions and creeds.

In this last decade, and accelerated in the last few months since the 2020 Election, founding principles, our Constitution and history itself are being assaulted, eroded, and slowly eradicated. Forgotten, censured or erased were such things as the fact that more Union soldiers died fighting for the abolition of slavery than perished in either of the world wars, that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, and that most of the post-civil war period was marked by racism, segregation and legislation advanced by Democrats.

Instead of proudly learning about our history, however, we are to teach and incorporate a creed that the United States traces its beginnings to 1619, establishing slavery, racism and inequality as the principles upon which this country was founded.  Whites must apologize for being born and our leaders must seek the forgiveness of the world for its systemic racism.

But, in order to have this dark falsehood become our shameful truth, reeducation would have to begin at kindergarten and be reinforced by Ph.D. professors in the colleges and universities our children would attend. In order to make this new narrative credible, it had to have the stamp of the legitimacy of mass and social media.

George Orwell warned us when he wrote 1984.  He was off-target on his dating, but the Thought Police — censoring, silencing and punishing any speech in opposition to this agenda — are very much here!  A commission is convened to investigate, jail and prosecute the January 6th participants, even if they were not directly involved in the violence; while no one seeks to hold the violent rioters, looters, and vandals that have for more than a year, on a daily basis, destroyed communities across this country. Black lives lost at the hands of blue uniforms (regardless of the race of the police) can justify widespread chaos and illegal violence, and calls for defunding or eliminating police, criminal laws and prosecution altogether. Yet, these same outcries are not heard when many more Black-on-Black murders occur daily in inner cities.

Illegal aliens may cross our borders, without following the immigration laws of this country, while our government is blind to the identity, character, health and criminal activity being allowed in, by refusing to extradite, prosecute or even identify those who cause serious crimes by their presence. Incredibly, their “rights” override the rights of citizens. Yet, there is a looming question I will leave dangling: If we are such a racist and oppressive nation, why do they all want to come here?

It goes on — instead of being energy independent, pipelines and oil leases have been canceled, while on the other hand, the Government encourages the completion of the pipeline being built by Russia. China may have initiated biological warfare on the United States and the world community, but any attempt to leak the origin back to China, is resisted and branded a mere “conspiracy theory” advanced by the so-called racists and bigots that identify as Republicans, or worse — Trump supporters. Climate control is identified by this Administration as the most serious threat to world peace and order, making it a mandate for each subdivision, branch and segment of the Government, while the greatest polluters, notably China, are not even signatories to the Paris Accords. These are just the most current examples of what is happening on a global scale.

The New Order advocates critical race theory, cancel culture, Woke-ism, and has replaced “equality” with “equity,” tragically labeling carnage to life and property in places like Portland, Minneapolis, and New York, as a justifiable expression of combatting systemic racism and redistributing wealth — the replacement of American Democracy with Marxism.

But, this upheaval in all that has poisoned this country, is being replicated in Israel. The coalition government being strung together in order to get rid of Netanyahu, has formed an unholy alliance with the Arab minority, giving it power and control it could never hope to  have achieved in multiple military campaigns and perennial intifadas.

The repeat of a Chamberlain-Ribbentrop pact is looming over Israel’s future. Like the American counterparts, Israel is ignoring the fact that Hamas, Palestinian Authority, Hezbollah, Iran and its proxies, as well as most of its nearest armed neighbors, do not want a Two-State Solution, but rather have always rejected any peace deal that involves the recognition of the right of Israel to exist.

Israel and the United States are threatening their own viability, and its enemies are laughing at the disintegration and potential downfall initiated and furthered from within. The Marxist agenda is the only politically-correct path; capitalism is evil. And sadly, Jews turn against Jews, even when anti-Semitism has gone from mere rhetoric to active expressions of violence.

The Voice of Truth is being replaced by a metastatic cancer of cognitive dissonance. We are deaf to the words of George Santayana: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  For sure, the voices of deceit that are heard loudly and persistently are well-funded and proliferated by leaders, scholars and educators, enhanced by mass and social media.  But, before it is too late, the cognitive dissonance which ails and eats away at the world, in bigger and bigger bites (and bytes) each day, must be countered.

We Jews must reclaim the Voice of Jacob, the Voice of Sinai, and the Voice of a People who were given the responsibility of being a Light unto the Nations. Silence is not the answer! It will not stop the deadly cancer that is sweeping the world. Time is running out, I am afraid, and we must step up, and even cry out, so that others will hear and see, but most of all so that God may hear our outcries, as was done in the dark slavery of Egypt, when we finally realized that no Pharaoh would save us!

About the Author
Naphtali Perlberger is a senior lecturer for AISH HaTorah and gives weekly shiurim at Chabad of Golden Beach and Aish Chaim of the Main Line. He is one of the founders and a past president of the Philadelphia Community Kollel. He is Founder & President of Philadelphia Chapter of Children of the Holocaust, and past FJA Chairman of Men's Organizations; past President of Kosloff Torah Academy; and, talk show host for a radio show, "G-d is Listening".