"Unless there is some point at which you are prepared to fight against whatever odds, and whatever the threat may be, not merely to yourself, but to anybody, all principles become flexible, all codes melt, and all ends in themselves for which we live disappear."
——Isaiah Berlin, 1958
Sometimes you have to fight publicly, against friends.
A couple of years ago, I told my friend, David Currie, we had problems at the state level. Later, he would ask me why I did not tell him more but I assured David I told him all I could tell at the time.
He assured me the problems I related could not be fixed by TBC. I remarked, "Then I will have to give you some help."
So, I let my name be mentioned for BGCT president in Austin. The reaction was swift and merciless and from all sides. You would have thought I was the one who squandered money, wasted our resources, diminished our influence and fired people in cavalier fashion.
I also began to write a blog, sometimes on sermons, sometimes on humor, sometimes on life, sometimes on secular politics, but increasingly on BGCT issues. I have been asked over and over again why I would do such a thing.
My question to some questioners, "Why didn’t you?"
Does it matter much if you die of one thing or another? Privately, different persons would tell me we had a failed leader, undecipherable decision making, wasted human resources and on to infinity. No one could tell me what they were going to do other than protect their own position.
"Don’t burn down the house to get rid of the termites," I was instructed.
So the termites just kept eating. The house teetered and is now virtually ready to fall in on itself.
What do we do?
Unless TBC will live forever (which means a certain amount of control) we might start to prepare ourselves for the day we stand on our own. Institutions, ministries, conventions unwilling to let the Ultra-Orthodox Rabbis decide who gets into Zion should devise means to protect themselves and provide for their future.
Yes, Davis, but you lost.
Every day, a few hundred people read this blogsite and other blogs on the same subject. My ideas get around. I hear them back, from insiders, from outsiders, from people who were in the fight, from people who have come alongside to help now. I don’t hear a good echo yet from the Executive Board or the Administration but they will come around as well.
I do not define success as holding my spot. I define success as taking on odds, facing threats, holding some things inviolable. Like diet and exercise, these things will not catch on as long as fad diets are offered. I have to tell you, you really cannot lose weight while sitting on your sofa. I don’t believe it.