If 2020 was supposed to be a year of high visual acuity and clarity, it failed miserably; 20/20 vision it wasn’t. In a year when a dreadful pandemic should have brought the world closer and more united, it made it more polarized and overheated.
It’s hard to believe, but the only part of the globe that moved in the right direction was the Middle East, as four Muslim-majority counties (the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco) normalized relations with Israel. U.S. President Donald Trump received gratitude or recognition for these signature achievements. The pandemic and Iranian nuclear threat had something to do with those countries’ move, but it still had to be cultivated and negotiated. And it’s just the beginning.
On the other hand, America became more divided than ever. The presidential election made the rupture especially apparent. It’s a very sad situation.
We are now living in two Americas: one that believes in tradition and cherished values, and the other America that believes in radical change and the cancellation of our culture. Trying to bridge the two is a noble goal, but unlikely to succeed. The chasm is too wide.
The mainstream media for the most part has exacerbated the situation. Instead of honest reporting, they act as though it is a grudge match. “Respect” does not exist. To this day, the press doesn’t give Trump appropriate credit for “Operation Warp Speed,” which will save millions of lives worldwide.
They also fail to grasp the very real possibility that massive fraud occurred in the November election. I have spoken to a high-level cybersecurity expert, and he feels strongly that the president’s case for cyber manipulation is cogent. It’s easy to sweep under the rug, but this should be given the highest priority because it tears at the very fabric of the Republic.
Half of the American population is in total denial because it fits their worldview and narrative. But serious questions have been raised, and answers must be given that are accurate and truthful.
When the director of the Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Christopher Krebs, made the claim that this was the “most secure election” ever, he was fired on the spot by Trump. One week later, it was disclosed that Russian hackers had penetrated the Treasury and Commerce departments and possibly national-security agencies for up to nine months while Krebs was in control. Clearly, a blow to his credibility. This story was not put out by friends of the president, but by The Washington Post and The New York Times.
The House Intelligence Committee must fully investigate the election shenanigans to prevent this from happening again. The election skullduggery is just one of the many ills to which society has succumbed.
Overall, what is lacking is humility. The men and women of the World War II generation were the humblest of souls and sacrificed their lives for their children and grandchildren. They represented “good,” and they defeated “evil incarnate.” The West defeated the Nazis and their allies because of self-sacrifice. We have a great deal to learn from that generation.
The rise of anti-Semitism and hate crimes against Jews reached record levels. The Anti-Defamation League reported 2,107 hate crimes against Jews in 2019. It was even higher in 2020.
When countries are stressed to the breaking point, both physically and economically, it usually spells disaster for the Jews. The first target is always the Jews. This is from time immemorial. Adolf Hitler rose to power because of the Great Depression.
The “cancel culture” revolution and the “Defund the Police” movement competed with the pandemic for space in the news cycle. To say that these movements’ vision is blurry is a gross understatement. Let’s hope that 2021 will begin to correct America’s eyesight.
Dr. Joseph Frager is first vice president of the National Council of Young Israel.