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Please respect my borders

Welcome to thousands of new visitors this past week. You have seen several graphics and have asked what is going on:

Let me explain. You have dropped into the middle of an ongoing discussion among old friends who met in the comments section at Front Page Magazine. We know each other, and have been discussing many things since this blog launched one year ago.

As I said two days ago, I believe the United States of America is finished as a republic. There is a landmass, and an ongoing government that rules without the consent of the governed: hence the urgent need to replace the population.

It seems clear that the population living in this landmass is irreconcilably divided; that half of the population views the other half as deplorable and “literally worse than Hitler”; that the former half delights in reading stories about suffering in the other half, or inflicting suffering in the other half.

In 2016, 93% of the District of Columbia voted for Hillary Clinton; 89% in Prince George’s County, MD and Bronx County, NY; 87% in Manhattan; 86% in San Francisco. In 2017, St. Louis suffered 66 homicides per 100,000 population; in Baltimore, 56 per 100,000; in Detroit and New Orleans, 40 per 100,000. I expect that when homicide numbers come out for 2020, they will be much worse.

We are attached to a morbid corpse. I care about saving us. We cannot save them:

It is my goal to get defensible borders for a new America that will protect Western civilization from its many enemies, including “Americans”. That is the purpose of the maps that have appeared in this blog from time to time, and are maintained in the right margin of this page.

What should the borders of New America be? Although I appreciate the criticism of James Wesley Rawles’s “American Redoubt” given by some commenters, this was one source for my thinking. Here is his map.

James Wesley Rawles’s “American Redoubt”, from

His argument for limiting the size of the redoubt to this region is that these mountainous areas are more defensible. That is a serious consideration.

I tried to reproduce his results using some objective data on a statewide level. The results are discussed here:

The first map in that article has been updated at readers’ request.

You wanted scores and a legend – and you got it! Those scores are aggregates of measurements of 7 variables:

  • the Cook Partisan Voting Index, which measures how far left or right of center a state is;
  • fertility rate;
  • arable land per capita;
  • violent crime rate;
  • homicide rate;
  • unemployment rate;
  • net migration rate.

If you demand the exact formula, be prepared for a lot of mathematics…!

The 7 highest scoring states are Idaho, Utah, North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. This forms a contiguous landmass overlapping substantially with the redoubt, and could serve as the core for a New America.

This region is landlocked. Is that a problem? How do landlocked countries fare in GDP (PPP) per capita? In the rankings, the top country is Liechtenstein – landlocked; the third country is Luxembourg – landlocked; and the seventh country is Switzerland – landlocked. They all have a higher GDP (PPP) per capita than the USA. These countries have nowhere near the size and resources of the seven states listed above.

For comparison, Austria, Czechia, Hungary, and Slovakia are landlocked as well. Hungary is doing so well in regaining its sovereignty that the EU now feels threatened!

Several readers have drawn attention to the divisions within states. Even the largest, most leftist states often have large rural areas that are conservative. Below is my partial county map from the 2016 election, depicting only the counties in which the winner received at least 2/3 of the vote. In this map, as above, I use the traditional color scheme in which red is left, blue is right. The darkness of the color corresponds to the percent vote margin.

Clearly, a New America could draw support from eastern Washington and Oregon, as desired by Rawles; northeastern California; northern Nevada; northwestern Arizona; northwestern and eastern Colorado; Kansas; Oklahoma; much of Texas northeast of the Pecos River and the Rio Grande valley; parts of Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana; downstate Illinois; the Tennessee River valley and up through Appalachia; and most of the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

My previous blog on quality of life in the states, linked above, includes a list of 21 counties or county-equivalents from which the remainder of those states could secede and gain political self-control. That in turn could greatly affect the grades of the states listed in this blog post:

That linked blog post indicates that despite the conservative political leanings of much of the old South, it is plagued by violence. That explains why the scores for those states were not higher.

All the maps in the world mean very little unless the new entity is willing to enforce its border. Dennis Prager points out the terrible damage done by John Lennon’s song “Imagine”, with its utopian borderless world. While social justice warriors are certain that it is immoral for America to enforce its border, they dare not convey that message to China, India, Japan, or Russia. “Imagine”, if you will, any of those countries allowing themselves to be swarmed by 22 million invaders.

The best first line of defense for a country is a border wall. China’s Great Wall worked successfully. The only reason China was invaded from the north is because a frustrated general ordered the opening of a gate in that wall.

America’s partial wall is not complete, and it is not as tall as China’s wall. The next question for patriots is this: what do you do when an army comes to breach your wall?

For Ann Coulter, the answer was obvious; American armed forces have no higher obligation than to prevent the invasion of the homeland. She was right. This is not a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act. No commander-in-chief has chosen to deploy the military to protect our own country. Instead, the Border Patrol act as welcome guides, shipping invaders deep into America’s interior at taxpayer expense. In other words, we are subsidizing our own destruction.

If you have the opportunity to set policy for New America, and a column of invaders comes to your border, ignoring your warnings, what do you advise the border guards to do? If your response is anything less than “Shoot them”, then the new country will fail as surely as America has, and your concern for your family is less than your concern for a criminal. China, India, Japan, Russia, and every other self-respecting country protect their borders with force. New America must do the same.

Democide and politicide

I assure you that the purpose of this blog is not to shake our heads sadly over tales of woe. That is a waste of time and energy. My goal is to teach you what I know about proving God’s existence, marveling at the greatest discoveries and inventions of the human mind, and preserving Western civilization. The news stories I share are intended to illustrate how serious our situation is, and to motivate you, if you need external motivation, to prepare for a historical calamity, and to teach the next generation of survivors the best of what we learned.

I do not think America can be saved at this point. Europe is past the point of no return, and America is following in Europe’s steps. It is possible that our decline could be halted by a miraculous combination of President Ron deSantis, Senate Majority Leader Rand Paul, and Speaker of the House Marjorie Taylor Greene, if they eliminated the State Department, Justice Department, Housing and Urban Development Department, Education Department, Federal Reserve, CIA, FBI, IRS, NPR, and PBS. They would need to build a complete border wall, pass national voter ID and national e-Verify for employment.

As long as we deny the death of the United States of America, we cannot build a new America. No nation in human history has been immortal. Our existential, teleological crisis coincides with a public health crisis, and with the grand solar minimum. However, we are engaged in fruitless diversions by the conservative establishment as they promise to “reform” one social institution after another. “This time, we will get it right!”

The death of the United States of America has been the consequence of a long sequence of events. The concept of “Manifest Destiny” led to greater acceptance of the Mexican-American War, and the Mexican Cession of 1848, that arguably hastened the transition of America from a republic to an empire. The Civil War that followed soon thereafter featured atrocities on both sides, and indisputably began the modern era of larger government.

Shortly after the splendid Spanish-American War and the acquisition of overseas territories, progressivism found a beachhead in both major political parties. The deservedly-maligned Frankfurt School simply walked into the breach opened by John Dewey. President Roosevelt successfully confiscated gold and successfully neutered the Supreme Court. President Johnson ordained that society must be great, not merely good (apologies to George Will). Presidents Reagan and Trump eliminated not one cabinet-level agency.

In the past year, we have witnessed a flagrantly stolen election; a race war intended to demonize whites; and a war on decency intended to sexualize small children. Parents are starting to fight back at school board meetings. Their employees, the “public servants” whom they pay, are responding by arresting their employers, the local citizens.

Victor Davis Hanson summarizes the situation well: “The Cruel Progressive Creed Undoing Civilization – The Left’s progressive wasteland is an acceptable price to pay for the terrifying visions of its anointed.”

Conservatives react by tweeting photographs and videos: “Look how outrageous this is!” Yes, it is outrageous. So what?

They have been trying to kill our souls. For those still “resisting”, they can resort to killing our bodies. The biggest democide in American history has taken place in the past year and a half with no outcry. Even the establishment media are resentfully admitting that maybe CoVID-19 did come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology after all. Mrs. Surak says that dissident Chinese bloggers are warning us that China is preparing its citizens for war, it has a battery of further infectious pathogens to release on the world, and that some Chinese troops are training in Canada, with the cooperation of Justin Castro Trudeau.

Dr. Peter McCullough is one of a minority of doctors warning against the dangers of CoVID-19 “vaccines”. He claims that whistleblowers at the CDC and CMS inform him that deaths from these “vaccines” are over 50 thousand. He is stunned at the behavior of “…our propagandized colleagues in major medical centers, all of which appear to be under a spell, almost as if they are hypnotized right now… He said 85 percent of the more than 600,000 U.S. deaths could have been prevented with a multi-drug treatment given in the early to mid-point of the disease.

Those of us who are not hypnotized have the possibility of surviving the coming slaughter by looking outside establishment medicine, such as the supplement suramin, which appears in pine-needle tea and star anise tea. Although it cannot undo vaccination, it may protect people from ADE, antibody-dependent enhancement.

In short:

  • there is a violent race war against whites;
  • there is a predatory war to sexualize children;
  • there is an educational and media war to make Americans loathe our country;
  • there is a biological war by China on the world;
  • there is a war by our own government and media to prevent Americans from saving their own lives with simple supplements;
  • there is a democide being carried out under the guise of a “vaccination” program.

The government of the United States of America – by which I mean the bureaucracy, the other branches no longer matter – is the enforcement arm; big tech and social media is the intelligence agency; and establishment education and establishment media is the propaganda arm, of the deep state-new world order-great reset. “You will own nothing and you will be happy”, they say. But you will not own your mind, and you will be punished for following the dictates of your conscience.

What can we do? Nitzakhon said we can only let the current order fall apart, and pick up the pieces afterwards. I largely agree, but the recovery will not be at a national level. The large cities are Somalia, and our government is North Korea.

Western civilization has wandered from its ancient beginnings in the triangle of Mesopotamia-Egypt-Greece (with Israel in the middle). The Roman Empire pulled this civilization to the Mediterranean basin, then to Europe. The modern West reached its heights in the quadrangle of England-France-Germany-Italy, with smaller contributions from eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Iberia.

More recently, America became the center of Western civilization. Lady Liberty held her torch aloft to enlighten the world, but we received “the wretched refuse of your teeming shore” because we refused to enforce our borders and we refused to demand assimilation. Rebellion against God’s laws became mandatory. Conservatives are too scared to use the words “perversion”, “perverse”, and “pervert”; they are too scared to declare that all lives matter; and they are too scared to use force to defend the sacred.

Consequently, Western civilization will be forced to wander again. One fragile home may take root in the 12 countries of the Three Seas Initiative (image: Wikipedia).

Another possible home will be New America. To save the part of America that is healthy, we will have to say goodbye to the sick areas. Not one soldier should risk his life to fight for Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, or Washington.

The five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Every person must go at his or her own pace. But know this: the longer you hold on to the sick part of this country, the more you risk infecting the parts that can be saved. The map above shows you which parts will survive and which will die off. Save the parts that can bear our civilization into the future.

Setting the stage: 5

Less than a week to catch up…

“Manufacturing (New Normal) Reality” Outstanding read of the complete cognitive surrender of our chattering classes. “The ultimate goal of every totalitarian system is to establish complete control over society and every individual within it in order to achieve ideological uniformity and eliminate any and all deviation from it… You can dress totalitarianism up in … Nazi uniforms, Mao suits, or medical-looking face masks, its core desire remains the same: to remake the world in its paranoid image … to replace reality with its own “reality.””

“…this is what has been so incredibly frustrating for those of us opposing the roll-out of the “New Normal,” whether debunking the official Covid-19 narrative, or “Russiagate,” or the “Storming of the US Capitol,” or any other element of the new official ideology. (And, yes, it is all one ideology, not “communism,” or “fascism,” or any other nostalgia, but the ideology of the system that actually rules us, supranational global capitalism…)”

“…what has been so incredibly frustrating is that many of us have been operating under the illusion that we are engaged in a rational argument over facts (e.g., the facts of Russiagate, Literal-Hitlergate, 9/11, Saddam’s WMDs, Douma, the January 6 “insurrection,” the official Covid narrative, etc.) This is not at all what is happening. Facts mean absolutely nothing to the adherents of totalitarian systems.”

“… You can show [the New Normals] the fake photos of people dead in the streets in China in March of 2020. You can show them the fake projected death rates. You can explain how the fake PCR tests work, how healthy people were deemed medical “cases.” You can show them all the studies on the ineffectiveness of masks. You can explain the fake “hospitalization” and “death” figures, send them articles about the unused “emergency hospitals,” the unremarkable age-and-population-adjusted death rates, cite the survival rates for people under 70, the dangers and pointlessness of “vaccinating” children. None of this will make the slightest difference.”

“You can demonstrate how the corporate media have intentionally lied … to whip up mass hysteria over “domestic terrorism.” … This will also not make the slightest difference.”

“I could go on, and I’m sure I will as the “New Normal” ideology becomes our new “reality” over … the next several years. … this isn’t an argument. The global-capitalist ruling classes, government leaders, the corporate media, and the New Normal masses … are not debating with us. … They know the facts contradict their narratives. They do not care. They do not have to. Because this isn’t about facts. It’s about power.”

“Shockingly Strong Correlation Between ‘Delta Variant’ Rise and Increased Vaccinations” Say it ain’t so, Joe.

“13-year-old boy dies after second Pfizer shot” The article remains, but the tweets by the aunt were deleted. Why?

“Following the Scientists Who Were Destroying America Just to Spite Trump” Allowing half a million Americans to die in order to spite Trump. No pro-choice there, just anti-life.

“Heart problems in vaccinated students trigger medical, legal scrutiny of campus COVID mandates”

“Ind. University students compare COVID vaccine mandate to Tuskegee experiment in lawsuit”

“What is the true number of vaccine-related deaths?” The CDC’s data show that the last 6 months had 32 thousand more unclassified deaths (unknown cause) compared to the previous 6 months. Are we possibly at 38 thousand “vaccine” deaths?

“Evidence of Antibody Dependent Enhancement? – most Covid deaths are fully vaccinated”

A young woman has a stroke after the “vaccine”.

“Teen Who Had Heart Attack After Pfizer Vaccine: ‘I’d Rather Have COVID’”

“153 Houston medical workers [fired] for refusing mRNA Vaccine…”

“The Rising Call for Random Selection in College Admissions” Maybe they could randomly select the faculty from people on the street as well, and randomly select their salaries.

If you are Christian or Jewish, you must send your kids to private school, or home school them.

“Our National Delusion Won’t Stop with Book-Burning”

“U.S. Trans Athlete: ‘My Goal Is to Win the Olympics So I Can Burn a U.S. Flag on the Podium’” Are you kidding me?

Bucks County, PA resident and taxpayer confronts the school board.

The employees – government bureaucrats – had their employers – the citizens – arrested. No disagreement will be tolerated. Loudon County, VA school board meeting erupts in chaos.

“MAGA Branded ‘White Supremacy’ In Leaked CRT Training For Iowa Teachers”

“Pastor who kicked out COVID police in Canada roars into Manhattan” I love this guy!

But… “Colorado Mayor Bans The Pledge Of Allegiance At Board Meetings, Members Do It Anyway, Mayor Gets Triggered, Threatens To Remove Them”

“Preparing for the coming food shortages associated with the dark, cold years” Nitty, gritty details of what kind of food you will need, and how much, to survive the upcoming Grand Solar Minimum, a once-in-400-years event. There are two new links in the Preparedness section of links at the bottom of this blog: a new survival blog, and the LDS guide to preparation.

Hang in there with me!

Setting the stage: 4

As we continue to catch up, I would like to share some behind-the-scene analytics. Let me show you what WordPress is showing me about viewership in the last week.

My usual page views are about 100-200 per day. Something unusual happened last Friday and Saturday – I’m not sure what. That may have been the post about the museum of the Civil War soldier.

We need to return shortly to discussing 19th century politics in America. 1848 was a year of change in America as much as it was in Europe, when America the republic began to share the stage with America the empire. The growth of American government during and after the Civil War was, arguably, a predictable consequence of the Mexican-American War.

“The Death of Socrates – and America?”

“The Age of Reason and the Abuse of Reason”

“How Nations Slip from Greatness to Obscurity” A theme we will discuss in detail soon.

“Are We Still One Country and One People?” Pat Buchanan

“The Death of Rational Science” It could just as easily have been called “The Death of Reason” – or “The Murder of Reason”.

“Letters from a D. C. Jail”

“Progressives betray their panic over grassroots campaign to elect school boards to stop CRT”

“U of Oklahoma refuses to revise mandatory training that makes students agree with transgender ideology”

“London University to Let Non-White Students Defer Essays for ‘Racial Trauma’ Without Evidence”

“How the Politics of Race will Wreck America” The great Charles Murray.

A statement by the radical racist scholars who are trying to wreck America.

“A Plan to Get Divisive & Radical Theories Out of Our Schools” by PDJT.

“IRS Denies Tax Exemption to Texas Religious Group Because Prayer, Bible Reading Boost the Republican Party” Hm. Is that so…?

“Johns Hopkins Doctor Marty Makary Accuses CDC of ‘Sitting on Data’ to Suit Their Narrative”

“Ivermectin Could Have Saved ‘Millions’ of Lives — But Doctors Were Told Not to Use It” Most doctors are no smarter than you. Sometimes they don’t even have time to read the research.

“Covid-19 Vaccines Lead to New Infections and Mortality: The Evidence is Overwhelming”


“Nolte: Scientists Admit Covering Up Lab Leak Theory to Avoid Being ‘Associated’ with Trump” The “experts” deserve contempt, and for some, prosecution for crimes against humanity.

Chief of Pediatric Critical Care: ‘Never Taken Care of a Single Patient With a Vaccine-Related Complication Until Now’ – Dr. Sara Ross, chief of pediatric critical care at Tufts Children’s Hospital, said the standard for safety for COVID vaccines “seems to be different for all the other vaccines we expose children to.”

“Wuhan Lab Found All Genes To Recreate ‘Epidemic Strain’ Of Coronavirus In 2017”

“Why is everything liberal?” A political scientist explains how “wokeness” hijacks every institution. The article includes graphics showing political donations by profession and by employer. The US Marine Corps was the only branch of the services that donated a majority to Republican candidates. Sorry, my Army friends!

To keep your sanity, one must-watch 60-second tweet: GPS goes MAGA! Order yours today!

Setting the stage: 3

Thank you, dear readers, for your thoughtful insights and your own personal memories and experiences. I would like to return to my survey of news developments while I was away.

At the top of the list is yet another over-the-counter anti-inflammatory supplement that has started to receive attention as a potential way to treat CoVID and potentially vaccine complications. The supplement is a variant of a simple amino acid, and it is called N-acetyl cysteine. We just received our bottle from Swanson, linked at the bottom of this blog. It is going to go into Surak’s crazy energy formula:

“Senior MIT Scientist on COVID Vaccines: ‘Insanely Reckless’”

The loss of a child – two separate stories.

“1.2 Million Children World-Wide Could Die From Disrupted Healthcare Amid Pandemic Lockdowns”

“Second-hand side effects from the vaccine?”

A key 15-minute excerpt from the Weinstein-Malone-Kirsch talk on the danger of the spike protein itself.

The entire 3-hour-plus talk, deleted by Youtube, is now on Odysee.,-in-three-easy:0?r=FuWwFotRbicqY9GHyWBqDdTNNHpaTgC9

Project Veritas: Fox local station refuses to allow reporter to talk with doctors saving lives with hydroxychloroquine. Sequel: the reporter was fired, of course.

A massive surge in CoVID vaccine deaths.

“Why do brilliant doctors and scientists toe the party line against COVID treatments?” Strategic cowardice.

“The Wuhan Institute of Virology kept live bats in cages, new footage from inside the facility has revealed, disproving denials from World Health Organisation investigators who claimed the suggestion was a “conspiracy”.”

“Biden Administration Asks Americans to Report ‘Potentially’ Radicalized Friends and Family” The government snitch patrol.

“The Whiteness of Woke” The great Daniel Greenfield.

Academia’s obsession with racism.

“North Korean Defector After Attending Columbia: Even North Korea Was ‘Not This Nuts’”

It is not just critical race theory, it is critical theory, period.

Your thoughts are not your own.

Mao’s Cultural Revolution has arrived in America.

The hatred against white Christians. I have read much online in the past week by Christians explaining how the new covenant of love and spirit has replaced the antiquated “legalistic” formality and ritual of Mosaic law. Reading about Jack Phillips’s endless torture, I tend to think Colorado would benefit from a return to the Mosaic law. I wonder if God was right the first time around.

“Biden DOE Redefines ‘Sex’ to Force Transgenderism on Schools” Again: Mosaic law.

“Oregon students shouldn’t have to prove they can write or do math to get a diploma” Or to get a job?

Only 44% of American citizen students at American colleges and universities are proud to be American. That high?

This series will continue shortly. The apparently disparate themes are connected. I am not advocating for an underlying conspiracy directing all these events; I do not know and do not have the means to find out. All I am saying is this: our nation’s fall to so many mortal attacks on its character shows me that we have failed. We are not voting our way out of this set of crises, even should President Trump be restored to office. I have already finished mourning the United States of America, and am pouring my remaining hopes for Western civilization into New America.

The most difficult commandment

Think about the Ten Commandments. These are pretty straightforward statements, most of which are common-sense ethical commandments. They are said to be the foundation of our society, and the bedrock for all the rest of Jewish law. How hard are they to keep?

Let’s take a look. At the beginning, we have to acknowledge God’s existence. This is not a minor matter, and it has a lot of consequences, but unless you are a hard-core atheist, it is usually not a problem to admit that there is “something” beyond this world.

Most people are quite happy to take one day off from work every week. We observant Jews like to say: thank God it’s Friday!

Most of the ethical commandments are taken for granted for the most part. You really shouldn’t murder, or steal, or swear to something false, or commit adultery. No big controversy there.

Not coveting is a much more serious problem. You might say that it is a big part of the difference between the two main political parties. Dennis Prager has written a great deal on the importance of this commandment regarding feelings – in that same category with loving God and loving your fellow.

The sages have admitted, however, that one commandment can be a real challenge: honoring father and mother. What does that involve, and how far do you have to take it? This issue has been on my mind since I blocked all incoming phone calls from my family members yesterday, most pointedly my father (my mother passed on five years ago).

My father has had a cluster of mental illnesses all the time I’ve known him, which would be most of his 90-something life; I’m 60-something. I was told that it was severe depression, treated by pills, and a little bit of talk therapy with a series of doctors who would eventually see through the scheme. More recently, anxiety was admitted as a co-morbidity, and pills prescribed for that as well.

I am not sure if CNN and MSNBC were intended to treat his anxiety, or more likely increased it. I do know that he insisted on leaving it on in my dying mother’s hospital room, against doctor’s orders. For him, it was worth it, to keep his tank of rage topped off.

After my mother’s passing, one of these doctors recommended participating in an adult education class, or even visiting the Reform synagogue a half-mile from his house. He said he would not take a class, although he might be willing to teach one. As for going into a synagogue, he smirked, he wasn’t one of THOSE types.

Eventually, I started reading about abnormal psychology. My father seemed to behave as if he had an undiagnosed bipolar disorder. But then I read about personality disorders, and was amazed to match the symptoms to my father’s behavior. Anti-social – check. Narcissistic – check. Manipulative and sadistic – check. This is the so-called “dark triad” of psychopathy.

It explained so much – the absolute hatred and contempt in which he holds every person who thinks for himself, who does not work for the government, who does not take public transportation, and so on. He retired a few years ago after more than a half-century with one of the most feared government agencies. At his retirement party at work, he proudly announced the political bias he brought to his work. If he holds any views that are inconsistent with communism, I am not aware of them.

Yesterday, I drove more than an hour to visit him. He spent our time together pressuring me to take the “vaccine”; belittling my entire career, telling me I had “accomplished nothing”; and trying to force me to join him in pressuring my learning-disabled nephew to go to college. My nephew miraculously graduated from a high school trade program in electrical work, but he is no longer “interested” in such work, and now works in patient transport in a hospital. My father is convinced that my nephew is Einstein in disguise, if only I would agree to get him to go to college. The local community college, upon application, announced that my nephew could not be admitted without doing remedial work, in which he is not interested.

My father swore at me for not “caring” about my nephew. Meanwhile, my family did all they could to block my attempt to connect him to his ancient heritage.

I hope most of you had the blessing of not growing up with a psychopathic parent. You cannot imagine the torrent of rage and hatred spilling from those lips continuously. ALL. THE. TIME. One of the best days in my life, before my wedding, was moving out of my parents’ house at age 18 to live on campus at college.

No doubt you may have words of advice, how to get through just one more encounter, how to feel compassion, etc., etc. In the past six decades I have tried it all, I promise you. I finally realized that my mental health and the survival of my marriage mean I will just have to cut all ties. You cannot have a limited relationship with a psychopath. My sibling is trying to do so, and it has wrecked that sibling’s marriage and health.

Although I disagree with Ayn Rand’s atheism, I do understand why her acolyte on Front Page Magazine keeps preaching against forced altruism as an apparent feature of religious life. After all, my life matters too. How many times should my cheeks get slapped? How much is expected in honoring father and mother?

The Talmud sages teach that because the Torah says that “You shall live by these commandments” – that is, live and not die – most of them must be set aside in case of danger to life. That includes Sabbath observance, and so on. (Therefore it is a good thing to heal a man on the Sabbath – just saying…!)

The sages hold that one should ensure that his or her parents are secure and comfortable in their old age – that is, they have food and a roof over their heads. Anything beyond that will depend on the individual relationship. I thank God for their common sense teachings, which have rescued my sanity.