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Duvi Honig By Thursday, 11 April 2024 10:17 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Democracy is often touted as the cornerstone of freedom and a guiding light to help guide the free world.

It is not, however, something to hide behind.

Using democracy as a shield to promote 'Woke' agendas weakens the very foundation of freedom globally.

It may also be argued that democracy serves as a platform, a place, for citizens to voice their opinions, and elect representative government to advocate, and hopefully fight, on their behalf.

However, recent events have shown that democracy can be misused, abused, even manipulated by those with ulterior motives.

Thus, democracy per se, becomes a shield to hide behind while pushing "wokeism."

As a result progress and transparency evaporate.

“Wokeism” remains a concerning, if not disturbing, trend.

Lees than genuine groups or individuals tout democracy, and yet use it to promote and advance radical ideas and ideologies.

The tragic results?

Traditional values and beliefs are undermined.

That is, concepts such as cancel culture, political correctness, and identity politics have gone from merely being emergent to hijacking freedom, silencing dissenting voices and promoting a culture of conformity rooted in fear.

Thus, the very essence of democracy, which is supposed to protect religion, encourage debate, discussion, and diversity of thought, is being stifled.

A narrow and extreme ideological agenda attacks religion and anyone who has values, guidelines, or borders; and most certainly anyone deemed to be conservative.

Those persons are deemed to be "extreme," and a danger to a free world.

Individuals and groups on American, specifically Michigan soil, have chanted "Death to America," and "Death to Israel."

One city in The Great Lakes State has been referred to as the "jihad capital" of the United States (Dearborn).

It's imperative that we never forget the atrocities committed on Sept. 11, 2001, and that we remain vigilant against those who wish to do America harm.

Concurrently, we most demand accountability from anyone chanting" Death To America," on U.S. soil and elsewhere. No, such chants are not "free speech," and it's more than disingenuous to hold such a view.

Per the U.S. Supreme Court, the First Amendment does not protect antisemitic hate speech or support for terrorism, this was made clear in its holding of June 27, 2023: Counterman v. Colorado, 600 U.S. 66 (2023).

Witnessing Michigan terror sympathizers burning flags and chanting "Death to America" recently demonstrates a complete betrayal of our values and a total abuse of democracy.

Is the solution to take those into custody who openly support terrorist groups and call for harm against our nation?

Is another to deny them the privilege of voting?

We must focus on these and other questions, but do so rationally, in seeking answers.

That is, solutions which respecting due process, but keep America safe from harm, as well.

Are Democrats 'Selling Out America?'

Yet, the U.S. can't afford the risks of hesitating.

Such hesitation risks a horror like 9/11 occurring again.

We simply cannot permit individuals espousing dangerous ideologies to perniciously influence agendas and policy.

A Domestic 'Two-State Solution'?

The Democratic Party can’t afford to lose votes in Michigan and Minnesota votes because they need their support to win the White House.

And for lack of a better descriptive phrase, that constitutes their two-state solution to win back the White House.

These two states have historically played pivotal roles in deciding the outcome of presidential elections, with their sizable electoral votes and diverse populations.

Losing the support of these states would significantly hinder the chances of the Democratic Party retaining the Oval Office.

We all should give a special round of applause to Rep. Richie Torres, D-N.Y., and Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa. They have been steadfast in upholding American values and unconditional support for Israel.

To overcome this challenge, the solution I would suggest the Biden administration to do is to take a firm stance against anti-American extremism, and those who seek to overthrow and destroy our great nation.

Sadly Democracy Was Hijacked By The Left

One of the most glaring examples of democracy being used as a shield to promote anti- democratic policies, is the abuse of its ideals in the form of is bail reform (its resultant smash and grabs), squatting, and let us not forget, "Defund the Police!"

In the name of democracy and social justice, criminal offenders are being released back into society, seemingly regardless of the severity of their crimes.

Crime now surges; individuals commit acts of unspeakable violence, knowing well they won't face the consequences.

Now, in some instances, perpetrators can even sue homeowners who stood up against them! Are we rewarding criminals, versus genuinely prosecuting them?

We Must Ask Ourselves . . .

  • Must we appease criminals to garner their votes?
  • Why are we so afraid and supportive of aggressors, terrorist sympathizers, and other criminals?

Democracy became manipulated and distorted by liberal left groups to serve the interests of a few.

U.S. domestic and foreign policy have been manipulated; even changed to being quite dangerously weak.

Democracy must be embraced as a vehicle to steer the course of the free world towards progress and prosperity. It should not be employed as a shield to protect criminals, promote radical agendas, or undermine the principles of freedom and democracy itself.

True democracy requires constant vigilance and a commitment to upholding the rights and freedoms of all.

Perhaps it's time we start, if not for ourselves, for our future generations.

Duvi Honig is founder and chief executive officer of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber Of Commerce. The Orthodox Jewish Chamber Of Commerce is a global umbrella of businesses of all sizes, bridging the highest echelons of the business and governmental worlds together stimulating economic opportunity and positively affecting public policy of governments. His work has been recognized by both Presidents Obama and Trump. Read more of his reports — Here.

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True democracy requires constant vigilance and a commitment to upholding the rights and freedoms of all, not just those in power. It's only when we use democracy as a vehicle for progress and equality, rather than a shield for agendas, that we can truly fulfill its promise.
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Thursday, 11 April 2024 10:17 AM
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