Ladders, Kirk, Weiner and Cain

As Herman Cain follows in the footsteps of Anthony Weiner and becomes a rarely to be read footnote in American political history, his candidacy reminds us of a few extremely important points about life. These points were hinted to in the brilliant and long running Star Trek television series – most often brought out through the commands of the venerable Captain of the Starship Enterprise, James T. Kirk.

For those of us whose world is shaped by the Bible, Weiner’s resignation a few months ago and Cain’s rapid demise, take us back even further than the Star Trek days. These events take us back to the mindboggling experience of Jacob our Patriarch as he began his journey to manhood and leadership.

The passage on Jacob’s ladder is studied as one of the most enlightening prophecies in the Bible, shining a brilliant light on our relationship to life and the universe. The description of the movement up and down the ladder introduces something remarkable that we now assume and take for granted: There is no barrier between the physical and non-physical worlds. What a person does in his day to day physical life flows in a seamless manner to the spiritual heavens.

This remarkable prophecy further establishes that although an action is physical, it finds a perpetual home in a place that has no physical characteristics. And finally it challenges some of the most widely accepted views on life by demonstrating that the flow of life begins here in the physical world – not up above. We have absolute free choice – and it is the actions we chose to do that are responded to by the heavens.

Captain Kirk would make reference to this when he ordered his crew members “beamed” from one reality to another – from their ship travelling at light speed to a previously unvisited planet for example. They would leave one reality, momentarily cease to exist, and then re-appear in another reality. In the Star Trek series all of the realities were physical. In the Bible we go further and institutionalize the idea of the same transportability between completely different realities.  

So once one understands the fact that all actions are memorialized, that our actions not only shape whom we are today but who we will be forever – how do you declare your candidacy for president of the most powerful country in the world and keep the woman with whom you’re having an affair on speed dial? How do you stand in front of thousands of people asking them to place their trust in you – and a few minutes later, walk off the stage and call the woman you’ve been sneaking around with for 13 years? Weiner’s actions were possibly even more of a total disconnect from his wife and his political responsibilities. Could it be that these men never read the ladder story? Did they believe that their actions could be severed one from the other and compartmentalized – to be selectively presented at their choosing?

For those of us who haven’t yet declared our candidacy for the Republication nomination or serve in the United States Congress, we must be fully aware that who we are is a result of everything we do – none of which is forgotten.

There is a new Spirit Airlines ad campaign that promotes the idea that everything done in ‘Las Vegas stays there’. This campaign may increase the sale of airline tickets but shouldn’t be taken seriously by anyone who wants to preside over himself, his wife, children, friends and others who respect and trust him.

I studied a version of the prophecy presented in Jacob’s ladder several years ago in a book written by the great philosopher and mystic Moshe Chaim Luzzato. Upon completing the book I wrote the piece below. Let it serve as a reminder of Weiner, Cain, Kirk, ladders, and the rules of life.

The Little People

There is an important insight in the scriptures that says

every act of mine

creates a living being

in the world of the nonphysical

 Every beautiful thing I do

creates a beautiful little me

who will live forever as the embodiment of that act

 Every less than beautiful thing I do

creates a less than beautiful little me

who will live forever as the embodiment of that act

 Over time, hundreds and thousands of these little beings

are running around in the reflective world,

(where there are no limitations of the physical and everything is forever)

expressing who they are in the ultimate sense –

in that all they can ever be

is exactly what they were created as!

 At the end of my days,

this opinion states,

I will be judged not by the Almighty

but simply by the little eternal expressions of me

that I created

 If the beautiful little beings are the majority,

the scales will be tipped in that direction

 And if the less than beautiful little beings are in the majority

then the scales of my ultimate destiny

will be tipped in that direction

 It’s a wonderful perspective in that it affirms:

My actions live inside me – and alongside me – forever

and with each action, my destiny is established

How are your little ones doing?


Warmest regards,



2 Responses to “Ladders, Kirk, Weiner and Cain”

  1. DZ Says:

    I like your article/ writtings in general ,and this one in particular has a deep insight, but it would be unfair for us to “throw Cain under the bus” with the crowd.
    I am not a fan of Cain, but he deserves a fair trial , even if only in the media, There are tremendous political forces that want this man to fail,
    I am copying and pasting an Ann Coulter Article below .

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    November 9, 2011

    Herman Cain has spent his life living and working all over the country — Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Washington, D.C. — but never in Chicago.

    So it’s curious that all the sexual harassment allegations against Cain emanate from Chicago: home of the Daley machine and Obama consigliere David Axelrod.

    Suspicions had already fallen on Sheila O’Grady, who is close with David Axelrod and went straight from being former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley’s chief of staff to president of the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA), as being the person who dug up Herman Cain’s personnel records from the National Restaurant Association (NRA).

    The Daley-controlled IRA works hand-in-glove with the NRA. And strangely enough, Cain’s short, three-year tenure at the NRA is evidently the only period in his decades-long career during which he’s alleged to have been a sexual predator.

    After O’Grady’s name surfaced in connection with the miraculous appearance of Cain’s personnel files from the NRA, she issued a Clintonesque denial of any involvement in producing them — by vigorously denying that she knew Cain when he was at the NRA. (Duh.)

    And now, after a week of conservative eye-rolling over unspecified, anonymous accusations against Cain, we’ve suddenly got very specific sexual assault allegations from an all-new accuser out of … Chicago.

    Herman Cain has never lived in Chicago. But you know who has? David Axelrod! And guess who lived in Axelrod’s very building? Right again: Cain’s latest accuser, Sharon Bialek.

    Bialek’s accusations were certainly specific. But they also demonstrated why anonymous accusations are worthless.

    Within 24 hours of Bialek’s press conference, friends and acquaintances of hers stepped forward to say that she’s a “gold-digger,” that she was constantly in financial trouble — having filed for personal bankruptcy twice — and, of course, that she had lived in Axelrod’s apartment building at 505 North Lake Shore Drive, where, she admits, she knew the man The New York Times calls Obama’s “hired muscle.”

    Throw in some federal tax evasion, and she’s Obama’s next Cabinet pick.

    The reason all this is relevant is that both Axelrod and Daley have a history of smearing political opponents by digging up claims of sexual misconduct against them.

    John Brooks, Chicago’s former fire commissioner, filed a lawsuit against Daley six months ago claiming Daley threatened to smear him with sexual harassment accusations if Brooks didn’t resign. He resigned — and the sexual harassment allegations were later found to be completely false.

    Meanwhile, as extensively detailed in my book “Guilty: Liberal ‘Victims’ and Their Assault on America,” the only reason Obama became a U.S. senator — allowing him to run for president — is that David Axelrod pulled sealed divorce records out of a hat, first, against Obama’s Democratic primary opponent, and then against Obama’s Republican opponent.

    One month before the 2004 Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, Obama was way down in the polls, about to lose to Blair Hull, a multimillionaire securities trader.

    But then The Chicago Tribune — where Axelrod used to work — began publishing claims that Hull’s second ex-wife, Brenda Sexton, had sought an order of protection against him during their 1998 divorce proceedings.

    From then until Election Day, Hull was embroiled in fighting the allegation that he was a “wife beater.” He and his ex-wife eventually agreed to release their sealed divorce records. His first ex-wife, daughters and nanny defended him at a press conference, swearing he was never violent. During a Democratic debate, Hull was forced to explain that his wife kicked him and he had merely kicked her back.

    Hull’s substantial lead just a month before the primary collapsed with the nonstop media attention to his divorce records. Obama sailed to the front of the pack and won the primary. Hull finished third with 10 percent of the vote.

    Luckily for Axelrod, Obama’s opponent in the general election had also been divorced.

    The Republican nominee was Jack Ryan, a graduate of Dartmouth and Harvard law and business schools, who had left his lucrative partnership at Goldman Sachs to teach at an inner-city school on the South Side of Chicago.

    But in a child custody dispute some years earlier, Ryan’s ex-wife, Hollywood sex kitten Jeri Lynn Ryan, had alleged that, while the couple was married, Jack had taken her to swingers clubs in Paris and New York.

    Jack Ryan adamantly denied the allegations. In the interest of protecting their son, he also requested that the records be put permanently under seal.

    Axelrod’s courthouse moles obtained the “sealed” records and, in no time, they were in the hands of every political operative in Chicago. Knowing perfectly well what was in the records, Chicago Tribune attorneys flew to California and requested that the court officially “unseal” them — over the objections of both Jack and Jeri Ryan.

    Your honor, who knows what could be in these records!

    A California judge ordered them unsealed, which allowed newspapers to publish the salacious allegations, and four days later, Ryan dropped out of the race under pressure from idiot Republicans (who should be tracked down and shot).

    With a last-minute replacement of Alan Keyes as Obama’s Republican opponent, Obama was able to set an all-time record in an Illinois Senate election, winning with a 43 percent margin.

    And that’s how Obama became a senator four years after losing a congressional race to Bobby Rush. (In a disastrous turn of events, Rush was not divorced.)

    Axelrod destroyed the only two men who stood between Obama and the Senate with illicitly obtained, lurid allegations from their pasts.

    In 2007, long after Obama was safely ensconced in the U.S. Senate, The New York Times reported: “The Tribune reporter who wrote the original piece (on Hull’s sealed divorce records) later acknowledged in print that the Obama camp had ‘worked aggressively behind the scenes’ to push the story.”

    Some had suggested, the Times article continued, that Axelrod had “an even more significant role — that he leaked the initial story.”

    This time, Obama’s little helpers have not only thrown a bomb into the Republican primary, but are hoping to destroy the man who deprives the Democrats of their only argument in 2012: If you oppose Obama, you must be a racist.

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    • rickynme Says:

      Your attached article was fascinating. I would never have imagined that possibility. As the accusations against him mounted I became more and more disenchanted with a man whose candidacy I originally applauded. I will cover my bases more extensively going forward. I appreciate your point and thoughtfulness to respond. Thank you.

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