Lessons from the Zionist Movement for Anglo-American Patriots
In the late 19th century the modern Zionist movement arose with the goal of restoring to the world scene the nation of Israel, a homeland for the Jewish people. In 1948 this movement realized its goal in the land of Palestine, and this Jewish homeland nation remains alive to this day. For Anglo-American patriots who seek the eventual restoration of a confederated Anglo-American nation out of what has become a federal “global nation” empire that has replaced it (albeit with vestiges of its past), the successful Zionist movement holds a number of lessons and analogies with the Anglo-American patriot cause. Let’s consider twelve of these lessons and analogies to the Anglo-American patriot cause.
First, the Zionist movement was rooted in the historic religious and political ideals of the ethnic Jewish people. The historic nation of Israel is more than just a political nation of a certain ethnic people group. Wedded to it, and what has really kept it alive through the centuries humanly speaking, are religious ideals and religious history.
This is not unlike Anglo-America, which from its beginnings was established to be a Christian ‘city on a hill’ for the world by the English colonists who founded it. The cause carries with it religious and political idealism.
Second, although the Zionist movement depended upon historic religious and political idealism, it was led primarily by people who were not religiously conservative themselves but were more characterized by secular pragmatism. Theodor Herzl and most of his fellow Zionist leaders were skeptical of Biblical accounts of history.
It is surely one of the ironies of history that those one might naturally expect to be most motivated to see the nation of Israel resurrected (i.e., religiously conservative Jews) were largely absent from the leadership of the cause. Similarly, when one traces the leading ranks of those seeking restoration of an Anglo-American nation, religious conservatives (and more specifically, Protestant Christian conservatives) do not figure prominent.
Third, which is really a corollary of the second, the Jewish church and its leaders were largely opposed to the Zionist movement. While the depth of opposition varied, most of the leading rabbinic scholars opposed the Zionist movement. Similarly, the Christian church and its leaders, both Protestant and Roman Catholic, generally oppose any political movement towards establishment of an Anglo-American homeland nation.
Fourth, some of the most significant objections to the Zionist movement were religious and moral in nature. Most religiously conservative Jewish church leaders objected to what they regarded as a secular movement that would secularize the people and diminish their loyalty to the Torah. Also, many felt it was taking up what should instead be led by a coming messiah. Similarly, Christian church leaders today regard an Anglo-American patriot movement as either worldly or “racist”: unspiritual or divisive to the body of Christ which consists of people from every tribe and tongue.
Fifth, although it was primarily led by people who were not religiously conservative, the coalition that moved it forward did include some religiously conservative Jews, and their presence in the movement was also important for its success. Similarly, if the Anglo-American patriot movement is going to succeed, it will need to include some religious conservatives. The religious conservative members of the coalition can bring forth the religious rebuttals to the religious objections, so as to help bring the majority of Anglo-Americans into the movement. The religious objections cannot be ignored, and to be persuasive the religious rebuttals need to come from religious conservatives.
Sixth, the Zionist movement consisted of a diverse coalition of different factions united in the objective to bring about a Jewish state. Some were secular pragmatists wanting escape from persecution and discrimination, some were socialistic idealists, some were Jewish zealots, and some were religiously conservative Jews that wanted a return to the old religious ways in the Promised Land. But despite varied motives, they joined in common cause towards the Zionist objective of a Jewish nation in Palestine. Similarly, the Anglo-American patriot cause will require a coalition of varied interests working towards the common goal of restoration of the confederated Anglo-American nation.
Seventh, the main political obstacle to creation of a Jewish state in Palestine was an empire (the Ottoman Empire) that occupied the territory and would naturally oppose the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine. Dutch Reformed theologian Wilhelmus a Brakel knew the Ottoman Empire of the Turks must be divinely reduced in order to make way for the restoration of the nation of Israel, and he correctly deduced its reduction in his commentary on Revelation. Similarly, the US federal government stands as a bulwark today against any partition of the USA into ethnic homeland nations, with restoration of a confederated Anglo-American nation as a chief consequence. The US federal government is thoroughly committed to the diversity agenda of a global nation and will likely not abide a break-up into ethnic homeland nations.
Eighth, the Zionist leaders had the good sense not to pursue the fools’ errand of fighting the imperial obstacle which laid in its way, but patiently to pursue legal channels towards their objective. They waited for the break-up of “the sick man of Europe” instead of foolishly fighting it to seek to establish the Jewish state within it. The time was used by Zionists to prepare and organize. Only after the Ottoman Empire’s demise did Zionists resort to military defense of their cause, when the region of Palestine was characterized by anarchic conditions. An attempted coup by Anglo-American patriots would likely strengthen the US federal government and thoroughly discredit the Anglo-American patriot movement as a band of unrealistic nut cases. This is a time for patient organizing, as well as convincing the States of the wisdom of the Anglo-American patriot agenda.
Ninth, Divine Providence brought about a world war and unstable domestic situation which brought down the Ottoman Empire, and made way for the receptive British Mandate for Palestine. There is reason to believe the US federal government will fall too:
- It is financially unstable and unsustainable, driven by factors like excess debt US and worldwide.
- Even though the Republican and Democratic parties are largely agreed upon a multicultural imperial state, they have very deep differences regarding the nature of that multicultural imperial state, which have the effect of rending the Union apart.
- There is a shifting international power balance and conflict that makes international war more likely.
- There is a shifting demographic balance and conflict that makes domestic division more likely.
- There is a loss of border control.
Tenth, the sufferings of the Jews served as a major contributing impetus towards reaching the Zionist objective. It was these practical considerations that fueled Zionism, especially among Jews not religiously conservative like Theodor Herzl. In his own life, the Dreyfus Affair proved to Herzl that Jews would never be treated fairly as a minority within a European nation. The Russian pogroms and German holocaust further solidified this view among Jews.
Eleventh, Zionists held congresses to catalyze and organize their enterprise.
They brought people together to strategize a plan of action, and then an organization to execute the plan. Anglo-American patriots need to follow the Zionist example, even as they follow the example of American patriots who formed the USA.
Twelfth, early on Zionism adopted a flag that served as a rallying symbol. As we read at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_of_David :
“A year before the congress, Herzl had written in his 1896 Der Judenstaat: We have no flag, and we need one. If we desire to lead many men, we must raise a symbol above their heads. … David Wolffsohn (1856–1914), a businessman prominent in the early Zionist movement, was aware that the nascent Zionist movement had no official flag, and that the design proposed by Theodor Herzl was gaining no significant support, wrote:
At the behest of our leader Herzl, I came to Basle to make preparations for the Zionist Congress. Among many other problems that occupied me then was one that contained something of the essence of the Jewish problem. What flag would we hang in the Congress Hall? Then an idea struck me. We have a flag—and it is blue and white. The talith (prayer shawl) with which we wrap ourselves when we pray: that is our symbol. Let us take this Talith from its bag and unroll it before the eyes of Israel and the eyes of all nations. So I ordered a blue and white flag with the Shield of David painted upon it. That is how the national flag, that flew over Congress Hall, came into being.”
This flag captured the religious, historical and political spirit of Israel:
I have submitted that the first national flag of America can serve as the fitting symbol of the Anglo-American patriot movement:
It is distinct from yet related to the current US flag. It captures the religious, historical and political spirit of the USA when it was a confederated Anglo-American nation.
The success of the Zionist movement in achieving its objective should encourage Anglo-American patriots in our enterprise.