My last television appearance of 2016! I joined Trish Regan on Fox Business Network’s The Intelligence Report, Thursday, December 29th. We discussed the Obama administration’s attitude toward Israel in light of the abstention by the U.S. at the United Nations Security Council. Plus, how will Donald Trump do as President regarding Israel?
I joined Fox News Channel’s Happening Now on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 to discuss the state of health care and the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare.
Plus, why should the Democrats behave any differently than the Republicans for the last 8 years in opposition to Obama. It worked, didn’t it? I mean the GOP took has control of both the legislative and executive branches now.
I Won’t Get In Line
“Hey, just give him a chance — he’s our President-elect.” True, Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017. No, I won’t just get in line behind him.
Sorry, President-elect Trump supporters and those on the other side so quick move on, when you’ve been attacked the way I have in the vilest terms, with threats of violence and even death, when told that all my family should have died in the Nazi concentration camps, I hesitate to just “give him a chance.” Instead, I’ll warily watch his words and actions, because what I’ve seen of president-elect Trump thus far calls on my better judgement to do so.
At no other time in my public life have I received this kind of disgusting, degenerate, and hateful language for (calmly and civilly) opposing a candidate. All fanned by the flames from Stephen Bannon, under whose tutelage Breitbart became home to the alt-right and white nationalists while singing the praises of then candidate Trump.
What makes this so despicable is that I’ve heard these stories before.
I grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis. A pleasant metro area consistently ranked as a great place to live.
However, there are deep, dark shadows of a horrible, not-too-distant past. The most virulent Jew hating group of its time, the Silver Shirts, arose from hatred of the isolationist-era, late 1920s there. Jews were barred from parts of town, Jews were blocked from being on bank boards, Jews couldn’t join the automobile association or the country clubs. I heard these stories from my parents and grandparents and then read about it as I got older. Frighteningly, some of those restrictions lived into the 1970s.
It wasn’t until people like my great-grandfather helped support a man who wanted to right past wrongs. A great leader out of the white, Scandinavian-worked fields of Minnesota, was elected Mayor of Minneapolis in 1944. His name was Hubert Humphrey. He knew abusing the Jews out of xenophobia and hatred was wrong. And he lead the way forward out of that dark period.
This is why I’ve castigated Trump for picking Bannon as a senior advisor. Now more than ever, this is the time to come together, while appreciating our differences, and build sturdy bridges to cross our divides. It begins at the top.
Presently, I see Jewish friends defending Bannon as not being anti-Jewish because Jews worked for him at Breitbart. So what?
Maybe, Bannon is shrewd enough to realize that open Jew hatred in business today would isolate and affect his bottom line.
There is always the theory of multiple ethical selves which could be at play in Bannon’s case. This is a concept from the worlds of ethics and philosophy where we operate by different ethical rules in different situations. At home a person might be a loving parent and husband, but at work that same man is cold and ruthless. So, a spouse might find the husband to be supportive and warm, while his co-worker despises his brutal nature. I suspect the Jews who worked with Bannon saw his “friendly to Jews” ethical self. While the rest of us have seen his dark side.
Fanning the flames of hatred, xenophobia, and misogyny is as bad as committing actual acts based on those thoughts and feelings. As an analogy, that’s why our criminal justice system finds that ordering someone to kill another will convict both the killer and the boss of homicide.
While Bannon has the ear of the soon-to-be president, I will not stop speaking out against the hatred. No. I won’t be quiet. I won’t get in line.
While I appreciate what President-elect Trump said to Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes right after the election, imploring his fans to stop harassing people, this is merely a start, not an end. If he is serious about the damage and hurt to minorities in the United States, he’ll dump Bannon and apologize for his hateful rhetoric during the campaign.
I will acknowledge if Trump creates, signs, initiates, or changes something for the better. But no, I will not automatically fall in line behind him after 15 months of unapologetic slurs alongside fueling all kinds of hatred, followed by filling key positions in the White House with people like Bannon.
For those who want to ignore the language from the election season and say, “move on”, the ends do NOT justify the means (winning the presidency). The damage is done. To lead all of We The People, President-elect Trump needs to apologize for the hatred, the harsh words, the mockery, the insults, and bring that apology to life by distancing himself from those who are well known to sow the seeds of hatred and bigotry.
Only then will I get in line.
NOTE: In light of the horrific, anti-Jewish, anti-Israel United Nations resolution abstained by the Obama administration, I am positive that President Trump will be a better friend to Israel. However, I am a U.S.-born citizen and my concern is foremost here at home.
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Who doesn’t love a fresh, delicious doughnut (or donut)? I sure do, but can’t stand all the unhealthy ingredients and massive amounts of sugar causing damage to my body, let alone my kids.
Here is an incredibly delicious, and thoroughly healthy take on doughnuts for Chanukah. That’s right, doughnuts are part of the Hanukkah tradition for many Jews since the oil in the menorah is the miracle that lasted eight days, we eat oily foods like donuts and latkes to commemorate the rededication of the Temple!
These are gluten free, low carb, ketogenic, almost dairy free (easy to change to fully dairy free), sweet, healthy, and delicious. Plus they only take 30 minutes from start to finish.
- 2 Tbsp unflavored, unsweetened Whey Protein Powder ((I use TGS All Natural 100% Whey Protein Powder – Unflavored, Non Denatured, Unsweetened)
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Flour (for full dairy-free use 4 Tbsp Coconut Flour and zero whey protein, try something like Arrowhead Mills Organic Fair Trade Coconut Flour)
- 1/4 cup cacao powder (I use Bulletproof Upgraded Chocolate Powder)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt or other non-table salt (if you’re new to something other than Morton’s try the Limited Edition Artisan Salt Sampler from Saltworks)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 5 medium (or 4 large) eggs
- 1/4 cup organic coconut oil (like Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil or Trader Joe’s brand)
- 1/4 cup non-sugar sweetener (I use Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener All Natural Sugar Substitute which is a healthy 1:1 replacement for sugar)
- 1/3 cup Swerve Sweetener confectioners sugar replacement (erythritol again)
- 1 tsp cacao powder (as above)
- 1/2 tsp pure organic vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk (I use 365 brand)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Warm the coconut oil so it becomes liquid. I throw it in the microwave for 30 – 60 seconds. Then mix all the ingredients in a countertop mixer (like my KitchenAid KSM75WH Classic Plus Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, White from Amazon). Fill each well of the donut mold up to the just below the top of the center hole piece (like these Wilton 2105-1620 6 Cavity Nonstick Donut Pans (2 Pack) from Amazon). Bake for 15-18 minutes then take out.
While baking, whisk together the icing ingredients in a small bowl. The cacao doesn’t like to mix well so be patient.
Place a sheet of wax or parchment paper under a cooling rack. Turn the molds over to place the donuts on the cooling rack. Spoon the icing on the donuts. Eat hot or let them cool and enjoy!
From MyFitnessPal: Note that the vast majority of the sugar is sugar alcohol from the erythritol which has NO glycemic load.
This is the second segment on The Intelligence Report Fox Business Network with host Trish Regan. We discussed the Democrats attempts to sway the Electoral College and how they lost the election. Here are some snippets.