Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The Separation and Alliance of People and State

“L’Etat, c’est moi” (The State is Me) is disappearing; “We the People” is Reemerging. “L’Etat, c’est moi” was famously said by King Louis XIV of France; “We the People” is the beginning and basis of the American Constitution. Big change is happening and it is benevolent.

In school, half a century ago, history lessons were about Nations and their Emperors, Kings and Queens. The populous was of no importance. That period is not completely over yet. Even politicians and reporters alike often speak about what “Russia”, “”the US”, “Israel”, etc. want. One forgets to preface this by: the government or administration of. However, this is rapidly changing. A couple of examples.

Not only do modern media give the President of the United States direct access to the People, they also grant the People direct access to the People! No print and electronic media need to take up their causes anymore. They can blog and twitter and instagram and what not, to get their points across.

Large blocks of US citizens have turned activists to show that as far as they are concerned the Trump Administration does not represent them, their country, their culture or history. Bernie Sanders is keeping the fire smoldering until US voters will feel the heat again, four years from now, and he is ready to really return the Nation to its People, not just the millionaires.

Recently, Prime-Minister Netanyahu spoke in a video to the Iranian People, of the mutual friendship between them and the Israeli People, and he showed understanding for their suffering from their terrorist junta that keeps them without freedom, power and rights. When we oppose your murderous government we actually reach out to you, kind of thing.

Relative to the rest of the Middle East, Israeli Law and Case Law is favorable of homosexuals and also the overwhelming majority of the Israeli population is friendly towards them. However, the Israeli government coalition includes parties that oppose homosexuals (not inhibited by their lack of familiarity with gays). However, the Israeli population is very friendly for gays – just further changes in the Law are put on hold, until the extreme parties can be dumped from the administration. Don’t blame the Israeli People or Benyamin Netanyahu. They are just held hostage, until soon.

The United Nations is kidnapped by the majority of world regimes that are dictatorships – which can be seen when it automatically singles out and speaks and votes against Israel, all the times. That will change in the New United Nations, which should only have representatives of democracies – and, I would add, representations of all populations fighting for a free nation for their oppressed Peoples: the Kurds, the Arab Palestinians together with the other Jordanians, the Gazans (oppressed by a junta, not by Israel), the Chinese representing the Chinese at the main land, the Sikhs, you name it.

You don’t have to be a lefty (though that might help) to see that rulers need to serve the People or the Nation will send them out – period.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * If you don't know the Dutch, get an American peek behind the scenes here: * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1600 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". 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