Alan Newman

The Heartbeat: A banner day for the bad guys

Photographic artwork by Arthur Schreibman

With the runoff election victory of the two Democratic Senators from Georgia on January 5, the troublesome conclusion is that the Progressives will have advanced their causes while endangering America.

Yes, we were appalled by Warnock’s anti-Israel speeches, his domestic abuse, and his mismanaging a summer camp. So, when Deborah Lipstadt, a respected Holocaust and anti-Semitism scholar, in her Forward article, vouched for anti-Israel Reverend Warnock, you knew that something disturbing was afoot. For her to forgive (deny?) his well-documented anti-Israel rhetoric and to be conned by his recent cozying up to the Atlanta Jewish community, it spoke volumes about the importance of her Progressive interests…over the bigger picture.

With the Georgia runoff election now in the books, we are left to monitor the ramification of likely legislated policies on open borders, increased taxes, additional business regulation, punitive domestic climate controls, police defunding, reduced military spending, curtailed foreign aid …and more. Our society and economic systems rely on law and order, social justice with equal opportunities for all, and a government controlled by checks and balances. I hope all this was factored into Ms. Lipstadt’s unprincipled Warnock advocacy.

The cascade of consequences from this Democratic sweep should have been obvious to the electorate. Loss of the Senate, and a non-divided government will now empower the Democrats to move forward along with the House of Representatives and President Biden (don’t forget his age and that his backup is the most radical Senator, Kamala Harris) on a Progressive agenda that will ultimately weaken our nation thereby jeopardizing how it competes in a very challenging world.

Impressive gains have been made to improve the lives of all Americans and we can agree there is still more work to do.  But radical shifts towards socialism have not worked anywhere. Look at Eastern Europe, Cuba and Venezuela. Or look at California and New York …the exodus of their citizens is the people “voting” with their feet.

The power struggle between America and China is just beginning to unfold. The Hundred-Year Marathon, a book by Michael Pillsbury, chronicles the Chinese plan for world dominance. It’s a must read. We should consider Covid-19 as a biological warfare salvo fired from Wuhan. It was designed to unhinge our economic and social systems, and while we have suffered and our election was disrupted, China has thrived. Our international status and ultimately our way of life depends on the relative economic vitality and military capability, and voters should have thought about how they are affected by the Progressive Agenda. While Congress focuses on gender neutral terminology, defunding the police and woke education, China expands industrial capacity, launches a superior air force and navy, furthers space exploration, exports more than ever and forms alliances around the globe. And, we have to hope that the Biden family’s nefarious business connections with China won’t reduce his options.

Was January 5 a banner day for China?

In early January, Iran announced its centrifuge program will enrich uranium up to 20%.  In spite of the Abraham Accords and punishing sanctions, Iranian desire for a Shia hegemony is a clear danger for America, Israel, and the western world. Will Joe Biden, with the JCPOA senior leaders like John Kerry and Susan Rice, show the resolve to deal aggressively with this most malign nation.

Was January 5 a banner day for Iran?

Mark Twain said, “Some of the worst things in my life never even happened.” It speaks to allowing fear to overtake our lives. Maybe the Democratic party can reign in their far-Left radical movement. Maybe the Squad won’t continue to extend their cancel-culture influence and anti-Israel mindset. Maybe the filibuster won’t be lost, the Supreme Court won’t be “packed”, and our two-party system won’t be irrevocably unbalanced with four more guaranteed Democratic Senators from Puerto Rico and Washington DC

I have a “box” with lots of TYS’s (told you so’s) that I hope will go unused. Delivering these TYS’s would be a very painful pyrrhic victory. And, I have an honest apology ready for the Progressive community if all of these “worst things” do not occur.

There are about 670 days until the next Senatorial elections. We’ll see.

About the Author
Alan Newman is a life-long supporter of the Jewish community and Israel. His commitment is evident with his hands-on approach and leadership positions at AIPAC, StandWithUs, Ben-Gurion University, Ethiopian National Project and Federation’s JCRC. He has traveled to Israel almost two dozen times and is an enthusiastic supporter of pro-Israel Christians including critical organizations like CUFI, ICEJ, USIEA and Genesis 123 Foundation. Alan’s compelling novel, GOOD HEART, published by Gefen Publishing House, is a multi-generational story about a Christian and Jewish family. He was a senior executive at Citigroup and holds two US Patents. He lives with his wife in West Palm Beach and enjoys time with his two sons and their families.
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