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Adelson and Ross: Yin Yang of US Politics

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What unites Sheldon Adelson and Dennis Ross? And why did both show up at the same time in the weekend news in two different locations?

Here is how it came down: Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson gave $5 million to a Newt Gingrich PAC, a huge boost to Gingrich's fading  presidential hopes.

Adelson is a strong Zionist supporter. He is described in the latest Forbes magazine issue as the eighth-richest person in America.

Dennis Ross, back on duty in a Washington pro-Israel think tank, wrote a Washington Post column with his usual solution for Middle East peace, that is, take whatever steps Israel will accept.

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Still, there had to be something deeper in their connection on this particular weekend between the Iowa caucuses, which Mitt Romney "won" by 8 votes, according to media score keepers, and Tuesday's upcoming New Hampshire primary, which home region guy Romney is expected to win by a large margin.

Finally, after hours of meditation, I remembered a phrase -- yin yang. Normally, when I meditate, I reflect on the journals of John Wesley, the founder of my Methodist tribe of Protestants.

But this time I landed in new territory: Asian philosophy.

We have all heard the phrase, yin yang, but what does it mean, really?  And how does it relate to Adelson and Ross?

My knowledge of Asia philosophy is, shall we say, limited. But there was Google, always ready with an answer. So I asked Google what unites Adelson and Ross and why do they make me think of yin yang?

This is what Google told me:

"Many natural dualities -- e.g. dark and light, female and male, low and high, cold and hot, water and fire, air and earth -- are thought of as manifestations of yin and yang (respectively).

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"Yin yang are not opposing forces (dualities), but complementary opposites that interact within a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system. Everything has both yin and yang aspects as light cannot exist without darkness and vice-versa, but either of these aspects may manifest more strongly in particular objects, and may ebb or flow over time.

"The concept of yin and yang is often symbolized by various forms of the Taijitu symbol, for which it is probably best known in western cultures. " (See symbol above).

That was it! Adelson and Ross, Ross and Adelson, money and politics, part of a dynamic system. The money comes from devoted followers with large bank accounts, casino magnates like Adelson, and Ross, who knows the politics of a cause and persuades politicians to follow his version of truth and wisdom.

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James Wall is currently a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced Jim's writings over (more...)
 

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