Politicians who deny this are a danger to equality and G^d’s Will
Democracy is a terrible system, open to bad choices, manipulation, and bribery. Yet, fortunately, or unfortunately, it’s the best system there is.
Without freedom of the press, of gathering, and demonstration, might will make right. But no one should be above the law or suspicion. Regrettably, that generates a stream of true and false public scandals. But that’s better than elite rule that will be based on false propaganda and profit only itself.
Majority rule is terrible since the majority could be manipulated and be wrong. But this is balanced by protection of vulnerable minorities, an important consequence of the basic assumption of equality.
I’m promoting Radical Democracy, to move away from almost total permissiveness. But meanwhile, imperfect fairness is still the best system.
We Got it from the Jews
Democracy was a crazy Jewish idea when first launched in the Torah. After all, democracy is based on equality. The Rabbis explain that we are told of the story of Adam and Eve so that we will understand that no one can boast of a more-prestigious background than anyone else.
G^d’s Word goes even further than that. The socially strong get more tasks and responsibilities. Men, Jews, Kings, and Priests are disproportionately burdened. The opposite of human societies where the rulers and powerful always get the plum jobs and get favored, pampered, and overprivileged.
Bigotry means that not all people are free to make their own choices in life (that won’t harm others). For some choices, one will be rewarded, and for others, punished. The law and the authorities make second-class citizens.
Surely, Judaism has all kinds of ideas about what is a proper and what is an improper life. But, did you notice that the choice is still everyone’s own prerogative? Everybody gets to make their own mistakes. G^d would never have created humans if He was satisfied with dogs and obedient robots.
Democracy should discourage and protect against theft. But the people are not indoctrinated toward integrity and honesty. With love and care, a truthful life is promoted and modeled, to win on the free market of ideas.
Judaism also has much respect for individuality. Not all kids are the same. Not all people need to choose the same life. Some people like to conform to normalcy, but this should never be enforced upon anyone.
Bigoted politicians who claim to stand for ‘a Jewish society’ are lying. They try to violate protecting the weak, equality for the law, respect for the individual who disagrees with them, etc. As democrats, we must stop anti-democrats. That is not anti-democratic. That is standing for democracy.
No women on the ballot? Your party cannot participate in the election.
And we won’t fall for bigots claiming to be the real victims of anti-bigotry. You are the attackers, and we won’t forget that. There is no right to hate.
Free speech, standing for elections, and other rights are not stand-alone privileges. They are part of democracy. Anti-democrats have no right to them. They have no right to discriminate. Religious principles that can’t respect everyone are done. They are fossils from a dark past or mistakes from taking a wrong turn. If your religion cannot respect freedom and equality, your principles do not deserve to be protected or taken seriously.
Politicians who are for a more Jewish society should fight baseless hatred, poverty, capitalism, public shaming, coercion, and lack of compassion.
I made two signs for unity to hold up during the next demonstrations: