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Arm in arm with the butchers of Hamas
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Arm in arm with the butchers of Hamas

Once upon a time, Democrats chanted for peace, love, and understanding. Today, they have become the party of murder, rape, and kidnapping.

One of the indisputable foundations of civilization came down Mount Sinai some 3,300 years ago, when Moses brought two tablets etched with the Ten Commandments to his people and pronounced it to be their common law — law that would secure their peace and freedom from the arbitrary rule of kings and pharaohs. One of England’s foremost jurists, Sir Edward Coke, called Moses “the first reporter or writer of law in the world.” Legal historian Robert Shaffern wrote that the laws compiled by the Jews in the Ten Commandments, the Torah, and the Talmud “may well be the most influential collection of legal materials in world history.”

Mosiac law served as a basis for the Magna Carta, as well as for the Declaration of Independence’s assertion of inalienable rights derived from God and our Bill of Rights’ protections from unjust prosecutions. And Judeo law was foundational to the Declaration of the Rights of Man, penned by the Marquis de Lafayette and later adopted by much of Europe in the aftermath of the French Revolution.

In the vast reaches of Arabia, Moses was adopted by Allah into Islam as one of the greatest prophets. But under Islam, the laws of Moses ultimately do not protect his people, the Jews, from the sacrifice demanded by Muslims. Jews must renounce the right to their faith, or they must die for it. Under strict tenets of Islam, neither Jews nor anyone else have rights, beneath Islam’s absolute claims — not even to that life protected by the laws of one of their foremost prophets, Moses.

In Europe, after the French Revolution was supposed to secure human rights, a new philosophy arose, that of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s “ideal state.” Hegel’s philosophy had many disciples, including Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin, who gave us communism, as well as Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. Each of them, in their own way, demanded that individual rights, like those whose foundations go back more than 3,000 years and took all of human history to commonly attain, had to be sacrificed to the new ideal, superior life form: the state.

The ideal state of Soviet communism took the right to life from 60 million people. The ideal state of Nazism took the right of life from 20 million people, including 6 million Jews, after it tore up the constitution of the Weimar Republic, which was based on the Declaration of the Rights of Man. If we include the “ideal state” of China’s Communist Party, we may add anywhere from 36 million to 64 million lives lost. Nobody really knows the exact number.

In recent history and up to today, we are witnesses of an absolute faith acting with the totalitarianism of a state and totalitarian states acting on socialism with the absolutism of a faith.

So in the aftermath of October 7, when Hamas, funded by the ideal faith of Iran, invaded Israel and took the lives of more than 1,400 people, almost all of whom were unarmed and many of them either too young or too old to fight, we should not be surprised that left-wing socialists in the United States are defending the carnage and supporting the murderers.

America’s corporate left-wing media is doing its part, condemning the Israelis for defending themselves while acting as the public relations arm of Hamas, taking every press release and bloody photograph at face value, claiming any further fighting is inhumanity on the part of the Jews. Meanwhile, Barack Obama, the real leader of the Democratic Party, states unabashedly that “everyone has blood on their hands.” This sort of moral equivalency between savagery and civilization and human rights should not be tolerated from anyone, let alone an “ideal state,” socialist lecturer.

None of this should come as a surprise. We are governed by a party that announces its lawlessness every day. Our southern border is wide open to invaders and human traffickers. Our cities and towns are awash in fentanyl. We give sanctuary to lawbreakers. We tear down flags and monuments to heroes who defended our rights against the grotesque form of governance under which we live. Our media, our universities, and our corporations are in thrall to an ideology that proudly marches arm in arm with the butchers of Hamas. Our Constitution and our laws have been run through a shredder.

I remember a time when the Democrats agreed that we all had to abide by the same Constitution, whose foundation in law was inspired by the Ten Commandments and which aspired to be the greatest covenant of law in the history of civilization. I remember too, when I was young, how Democrats chanted for peace, love, and understanding. Today, they have become the party of murder, rape, and kidnapping.

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Richard C. Lyons

Richard C. Lyons

Richard C. Lyons is the author of “But By the Chance of War,” “The DNA of Democracy,” and “Shadows of the Acropolis.”