The world's most technologically advanced country is now shut down. What's even more ridiculous is that people don't even know whether to go to work or not this morning, as the United States of America officially enters its third day of "shutdown" mode. Amazingly, the first day of the shutdown was Shabbat. Hashem forced all the Jewish Federal workers to refrain from working on Shabbat, yet He did it in a masterful way so that no one can blame Him for religious coercion. Instead, go blame the Dems and the Repubs...
All facetiousness aside, Hashem truly runs the world. The Almighty is showing us that where there is no peace, there's no prosperity. Like cowboys (or in America, must one be politically correct and say "cowpersons" to avoid insulting anyone) in a wild west movie, the Republicans and Democrats are both holding the US budget in ransom while each party tries to get its own way on the illegal immigration issue. Do they really care about their country? For sure, not. Truth and justice have nothing to do with Congress. The Dems want Trump out at all costs, even if it means that hundreds of thousands of federal workers are on leave without pay and that hundreds of millions of private citizens will suffer, directly or indirectly, from a frozen, non-functioning government. The entire US Military could even miss a paycheck. How does that feel? A soldier is fighting for his country and he's not even getting paid. Meanwhile, the Hollywood-style verbal showdowns in Congress have nothing to do with reaching solutions but with getting headlines in the media how the other side is to blame, especially with Congressional elections coming up. John Wayne, Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood were professional actors, and they were the finest. Today's politicians are actors, but they're not professional and far from the finest...
There's a big difference between a statesman and a politician. A statesman cares about his country; a politician cares only about his chair.
Hashem is showing us that no matter how much money, hi-tech and resources you have, where there's no peace, there's no prosperity. This applies just as much in a marriage or in a company as it does in a government.
Hashem is using the USA as a mirror that the Israeli government should look into and see itself. Israel's current political parties are also devoid of statesmen. The opposition parties want to bring down the government at all costs, justifiable or not. The bickering is ridiculous. The left is willing to trample internal peace to score a few populistic points. For example, my home town of Ashdod has a beautiful history of mutual respect and coexistence between religious and non-religious populations. No one throws stones and no one demonstrates. Yet, a government minister drove to Ashdod - on Shabbat, with a government car, government bodyguard and government gas that my tax money must pay for - to fuel the fires of tension and to score points with the secular population that he wants to lure to enlarge his party. What does he care about peace or Ashdod?
In a radio interview after the last Gaza war, Israel National Radio anchorwoman Tamar Yonah (who has moved over to Israel Talk Radio, Fox News' Israel affiliate) asked me how I explain all the tremendous miracles of rockets from Gaza falling in Ashdod and no one getting hurt. I said that since everyone gets along here, Hashem does miracles for us.
Unfortunately, like in a showdown, where there is strife, people get hurt. Miracles and strife don't go together. But where there is peace, there are both prosperity and miracles.
How do we attain peace? That's simple. Where there is emuna, there's peace. Where there is no peace, there is no emuna - there are categorically no exceptions to this rule.