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Veterans Honored: A Personal Story

I was both embarrassed and encouraged.

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Last Sunday, our church surprised the many veterans in our congregation with a rousing thank you. As reported on Facebook:

“What a delightful day! We had a blast thanking our veterans after each service with big applause, cheering and donuts! Thank you to all who serve and have served! And thank you to all who participated today in making the cheering and donut enjoyment happen!! Have a wonderful Veteran’s Day this week!”

Why Was I Embarrassed? Encouraged?

Not to take away from any of the many men and women who have served or are faithfully serving their country, but I don’t feel somehow worthy of that honor.

When I think of those wounded (physically, mentally, emotionally) or who have given their all, who am I?

We see the plight of wounded warriors and their families suffering after all of their sacrifices, yet our government continually fails them. The Veterans Administration fails them. Extremely well-paid politicians fail them. Our brave servicemen and women see pay and benefit cuts, a downsized military, and upsized danger.

Yet, our troops remain resolved to protect and defend the nation they love.

Even though the government and politicians have failed the institution that keeps America (and much of the world) safe, the nation still loves her men and women in uniform. Despite strong anti-military sentiments in the media, entertainment, and academia, the American people remain patriotic and supportive of those who willingly put themselves in harm’s way.

We see that patriotic spirit and love of those in the military – which warms the hearts of servicemen around the globe – at work in countless ways (kind words, respect, care packages, prayers, etc.).

(Thank you, my dear brothers and sisters at Church at Severn Run.)

Though it seems that the Obama administration has gone out of its way to wreak havoc within the military and relinquish the hard-fought victories it has won in various places around the world, the fighting spirit of the American military (and of We, the People) has not diminished.

Sarah Palin at CPAC

I was also deeply moved at CPAC 2015 when Sarah Palin paid tribute to veterans and the American military. It was very touching to hear her words in that auditorium and to be among the veterans standing to receive applause from the audience.

Palin wowed the audience with her mama grizzly love and support for our troops as she demonstrated an intimate understanding of the military ethos.

Palin observed (as Abraham Lincoln before her) that we should take care of those who have taken care of us. Palin said,

“America hands over her sons and her daughters in service with the promise that they’re going to be taken care of. Our troops are promised … that a grateful nation will spare no expense to patch them up and bring them back to health when wounded. Well, we, their mothers and their fathers and their husbands and their wives, we’re here to collect on the promises made.”

Palin lambasted the pacifist mindset which currently pervades the intelligentsia and which is anathema to victory, saying, “the thing that those vets, from the Revolutionary War, what they had, that today’s troops don’t, is victory. And that is the thing that they cherish most. They deserve to know that their sacrifices are not in vain. To know that what they fought for, and what their friends died for was worth it.”

Palin praised the military for its purpose and prowess, contending:

“Aside from God Almighty, what is the only force strong enough to keep this barbaric rolling tide at bay? The only thing standing in between us and savages? It’s the red, white, and blue. It’s the United States military.”

Understanding the Reagan Doctrine (peace through strength), Palin realizes that a strong military is essential to obtaining and preserving peace. Appeasement always entices evil tyrants and terrorists to pursue their evil ends. Palin noted:

“Oh, the naive Obama State Department. They say ‘We can’t kill our way out of war.’ Really? Tell that to the Nazis. Oh, wait. You can’t, because they’re dead. We killed ‘em.”

And Palin exhorted her listeners, vowing, “We will consign radical Islam to the ash heap of history, just like the Nazis before them.”

My Own Story

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy about a year before the Vietnam War ended. My 12-year naval career ended about five years before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Highlights of my time in the Navy include overseas tours in Japan, Scotland, and Turkey, as well as brief naval deployments in the North Atlantic, North Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Few can say that they have been to Diego Garcia. Working at NSA for a number of years was also instructive and invigorating (my, how it has grown since my time in service).

I was blessed to meet my future wife in Scotland and to have my second reenlistment ceremony in Glamis Castle. I remain blessed to be an American in the most exceptional nation on earth.

May God always bless America!

Compromise is Defeat

Americans are almost literally up in arms over the radical transformation of America into something she was never intended to be – and the GOP compromises with those spearheading that transformation!

The GOP leadership rails against Obama’s appeasement of terrorists, tyrants, and criminals, yet that very same leadership capitulate to the Left and the media (redundancy alert).

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At the very moment of victory in 2014, Senate Majority Leadership Mitch McConnell conceded defeat. McConnell pledged to forego any government shutdowns. That’s right: Conservatives won, so McConnell started throwing down our weapons.

The Iranian Nuclear Arms Treaty (in everything but name) should never have passed. The Senate should have insisted that this treaty go through the normal treaty process. Instead, succumbing to political expediency, RINOs in the Senate shirked their constitutional duties and enabled the worst deal in American history to give our enemies the upper hand.

Planned Parenthood should have been defunded. The American people were utterly disgusted (by vast majorities) with the barbaric atrocities taking place in Planned Parenthood facilities across the nation. Investigative videos are still be released to the public and are all available online. Boehner and McConnell failed to seize the moment – this unique moment in history – to cripple the industry which epitomizes the Holocaust of our times in our nation.

The recent two-year budget deal also conceded defeat to Obama and his left-wing agenda. Utter capitulation.

The Spirit is willing, but the Senate is weak. Far too many Republicans are willing to go along to get along.

Moreover, those self-same representatives of the People actively oppose those who are actually doing the work of the People. The Quislings in our midst treat the patriots – who are defending the Constitution and who are in alignment with the will of the People – as if they were the enemy.

Like Patrick Henry, Ted Cruz is unwelcome by those who have aligned themselves with the status quo. The Resistance is always hated by the Establishment.

Mitt Romney, the Republican standard-bearer in 2012, recently lamented the very existence of conservative talk radio and right-wing blogs because they make it harder to forge friendships with our adversaries to get things done in Washington.

Romney and his cohorts believe that “getting things done” means enacting laws and growing the government. Stopping bad laws is at least as important as enacting good laws. (Don’t we already have enough laws?)

Our Founding Fathers would be horrified to see the lack of vision and grit within the ranks of the so-called conservative leadership. Ronald Reagan had both vision and grit.

Reagan spoke in bold terms, clearly distinguishing himself from his opponents. He forthrightly stated that government was the problem. He clearly expressed his love of America and her people, extolled American exceptionalism, and championed what America could accomplish.

Reagan denounced and defeated the Evil Empire when none thought that possible. Reagan reignited the free market and restored the American military, often in opposition to those on his own team. He did so with a deep grasp of our nation’s history, Constitution, People, and destiny.

Moreover, Reagan routinely made his case to the People. He connected with them in a powerful and personal way. He made his ideas (which were distinctly American in nature) easy to understand and support. His courage and optimism won the day and it was Morning in America once again.

Not so with today’s GOP leadership. Few of our elected leaders have either the vision or the courage to do what the American people elected them to do (or what Reagan would choose to do). What would Ronald Reagan do?

Stand Up and Fight!

In search of Big Brother – Part 1

In search of Big Brother (to restore sanity to an insane world)

Part 1 – Trends to Tyranny

In October 1996, I wrote, “The world is going crazy, and we can’t stop it or get off. Instead, many seek a Superman to set it right. But will our Clark Kent save us, or enslave us?”

Since then, things have gotten far, far worse.

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Nearly two decades ago, I wrote, “We are living in the midst of an age of transformation unlike that of any other, an age of incredible opportunities and growth coupled with unimaginable horror. Global changes are occurring before our very eyes, life-transforming changes which impact everyone who reads this. What does the future hold in store for us? There are many visions of the future. Not being a prognosticator, I cannot tell you what will happen. But I can point out some ominous trends.”

9/11 changed the world as we knew it and the Obama presidency has fundamentally transformed America. Orwellian trends which began more than 50 years ago have reached critical mass and We, the People, seem helpless to stop it.

We are at a pivotal point in history where civilization itself seems in jeopardy and what each one of us does (or does not do) will determine the outcome.

As the year 1984 approached, Orwell’s 1984 became in vogue. Interest in Orwellian themes reemerged during the Clinton administration. At that time, I wrote a series of essays which are even more relevant today, given the massive expansion of the federal government and the powers of the Executive Branch under the Obama administration. (One reader recently called them prescient.)

Four Trends to Tyranny

I addressed four cultural and political trends, each of which has been magnified with 1) the advent of astonishing technological advances which have revolutionized life around the globe, 2) the reemergence of belligerent tyrannical and terrorist regimes in hot spots around the globe, and 3) the unbridled assault of political correctness advancing a socialist agenda in America.

Whether we are dealing with the massive growth of terrorism and government, mass immigration and refugee crises, or the war on climate change and on the free market, those trends inevitably lead to tyranny. (If we let them!)

Those four trends are balkanization, globalization, technophilia (progress) and technophobia (regress or primitivism). These trends have been visible for more than half-a-century and they are accelerating at a tremendous pace. Singly, they pose perplexing problems, but combined, they may prove themselves beyond our ability to deal with.

Back in the mid-1990s, Samuel Huntington envisioned a clash between Eight Civilizations; Joel Garreau dissected North America into Nine “Nations.” U.S. News & World Report described Seven Tribes in the United States and also pictured the Two Nations of America. Matthew Connelly and Paul Kennedy prophetically predicted an invasion of the West by the Rest, while Peter Brimelow documented that invasion in Alien Nation. Clearly peace on earth has not become reality.

The world is falling apart, nations are disintegrating, cultures are fragmenting, peoples are torn asunder, and many question whether Humpty Dumpty can ever get a face lift let alone be repaired. The centrifugal forces in society are creating sub-groups within sub-groups, cults within cults, enclaves within enclaves, in a relentless process of fragmentation – all culminating in a drive for a strong hand (e.g., strong centralized government) to bring it all back together again.

American Identity

Over the past three decades, American identity, American values, and American purpose have all undergone enormous transformation. The nature and value of citizenship itself is in peril. Who we are as a People is under attack by usurpers who would redefine our very being. The forces arrayed against Americans are unyielding.

We, like Winston Churchill, must never surrender!

President Obama contends that America is fundamentally flawed[1] and that, under his leadership, she has never been stronger.[2] His evidence refutes his contention.[3]

Fortunately, most Americans still cherish American exceptionalism[4] and reject the values foisted upon our nation and her people.[5]

Now, as we are encircled by a multitude of genuine crises (and distracted by a host of hysterical hoaxes), we must combat the agenda of Obama and the far Left and renew the vision and pursue the dream bequeathed to us by the Founders. Let us reclaim the America that became great because she was good.[6]

Our vision must be clear and our purpose focused. We must not be distracted or confused by Orwellian rhetoric from the Left.[7] To that end this essay series is dedicated.

Please join me in this journey of introspection as this series of essays explores the depths of the dangers facing us in the world, in our nation, and in our local communities. Let us, together, discern what went wrong, identify the enemy forces confronting us, and take action to restore the American Dream.

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[2]               See “Obama: America is Stronger Than Ever” at http://t.co/3dxkSeF8fj.

[3]               See “Flags Depict Obama’s Fundamental Transformation of America and the World” at http://t.co/xjupplSWD1.

[4]               See “American Exceptionalism is in the Eye of the Beholder” at http://t.co/UDFIbFm5hr.

[5]               See “America – Lost in a Fog of Immorality and Tyranny” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-aL.

[6]               See “Reclaiming America!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-9V.

[7]               See “’Hope & Change,’ and Other Orwellian Clichés” at http://t.co/v6fgItffhm.

Commonsense Guns Laws

President Obama and the Left have recently called for “commonsense gun control laws.” They are right about the need for “commonsense” but wrong about the laws to be enacted.

The operative words in their mantra – “gun control” – reveal their intent and the heart of the problem: they reject “criminal control” laws (which would curb most gun violence) and they refuse to address the mental illness (which animates mass shootings).

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What would Commonsense Gun Laws (not “gun control”) look like? Well, the exact opposite of what Barack Obama wants.

Here are a few areas where legislation and implementation of policies would immediately make America safer:

Eliminate gun-free zones. Virtually every mass shooting has taken place in a gun-free zone precisely because the killers knew they could maximize damage while minimizing risk. Federal buildings, banks, convention centers, and other venues have armed security forces which deter crime and prevent mass shootings. Why are politicians and the wealthy protected by armed security forces, but most Americans (even our children) unprotected and told to run for their lives if a madman targets them?

Expand private ownership of guns by law-abiding citizens. Make it easier for citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights and to thereby protect themselves, their families, and their local communities. Expanding the pool of law-abiding citizens who own guns makes it harder for criminals to do their own thing. As noted by National Review, “The number of guns in the United States has increased by 62% since 1994 but gun violence has decreased by 49% since 1993.”

Increase concealed-carry permits for law-abiding citizens. An armed populace is a deterrent to crime. When criminals don’t know who might be armed, they exercise far greater restraint in their criminal activities.

Stop coddling criminals. Giving criminals and rioters “space” to commit violence is lunacy. Providing politically correct rationalizations for criminal behavior encourages more criminal behavior. Releasing violent criminals in the interests of “fairness” endangers the American people. Get back to basics: If you do the crime, then you do the time.

Robustly address mental illness in America. Mental illness (not guns) is the root cause of most mass shootings.

Deport violent immigrants and illegal aliens. Violent crime by immigrants and illegal aliens is escalating. If they are unwilling to abide by our laws, then they should not enjoy the benefits of living in America. The first duty of government is to protect its citizens.

Reclaim the culture. This will be the hardest task of all. It requires restoring God and America to their proper places in the public school system and higher education, returning to traditional values and respect for our Judeo-Christian, Western Civilization heritage, and championing adherence to the Constitution. (Much of this is cultural, not legislative.)

The Great Society, victim culture (grievance culture), and growing sense of entitlement in primarily urban communities has engendered a culture of violence. Moreover, a culture which reveres cop-killers and promotes killing cops is dysfunctional to its core.

A culture which claims only black lives (and only those killed by white cops) matter, while all others do not, is a thoroughly bankrupt culture.

A culture which defends Planned Parenthood’s grotesque butchery while equating Southerners with Nazis – and gun owners as evil incarnate – needs rescuing.

A culture which tramples on the American flag and finds fault with everything American is suicidal.

The Left would have us do more of the same – extend the ever-expanding welfare state, subordinate local and state control to an all-powerful federal government, and escalate the demise of our American culture begun by the Countercultural Revolution of the Sixties.

Commonsense Gun Laws are indeed commonsense, but they are in opposition to the Left’s agenda of fundamentally transforming America. Most Americans want to restore American greatness and preserve (and expand) liberty, including adherence to the letter and the spirit of the Second Amendment.

Will the Constitution survive? Not if the Left succeeds in stripping it of its power.

Update: Like Socialism, gun control never works (unless, by “works,” one means limiting liberty and growing government). The following four charts demonstrate the fallacy of gun control logic.

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Reclaiming America!

(every day of the year)

Dateline: May 5, 2015, Everywhere, USA

“God Bless America!”

America-bashers have long abused her flag, the symbol of the object of their hatred. Flag-burning, not surprisingly, is almost exclusively a left-wing thing.

“Protestors” burn, mutilate, and step on the American flag with impunity and with neither regard nor respect for that symbol of American freedom. We have reached a tipping point where the flag can be desecrated in the most despicable manner but it cannot be displayed in a respectful manner.

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Such is the state of America today.

American Flag is “Disruptive” and “Offensive”

The Supreme Court recently refused to review a case in which a California school banned “students from wearing American flag t-shirts for fear of the garments being ‘disruptive.’”

Critics contend that the “Ninth Circuit court ruling restricting free speech in this case affirms a troubling precedent that displays of patriotism in America can be prohibited.”

John W. Whitehead, President of the Rutherford Institute laments, “When public school students can’t wear an American flag on a t-shirt because it might be disruptive, then free speech as we’ve known it is dead.”

In contrast to prohibiting patriotic students from expressing American patriotism, the court permitted “students wearing Mexican flag colors and symbols.”

So, it’s OK for the Left to use the flag to denigrate America, but verboten for the Right to celebrate America with the flag?

Additional anecdotal evidence abounds.

A U.S. Marine combat veteran had been told to take down the American flag he flies outside his condominium in McLean.”

Marine veteran Paolo Advincula was denied permission to fly the flag “because it’s a community filled with international residents and it might offend the residents that can’t fly their own flag.” As Advincula expressed it, “To me being a veteran, every day is a holiday in this country, that’s why I choose to fly my flag every day.”

Julia Lease has flown an American flag outside her Ohio residence for the past 36 years, but now she’s being told to take down Old Glory.” No reasons were given by the apartment complex.

In Santee, California, Steve Roberts was denied permission to “display the American flag inside his apartment window.” Roberts explains, “t’s just wrong; you can’t tell someone what they can and cannot have displayed inside their own place and it’s the American flag in America.”

In Virginia, Sheriff Bill Watson was instructed “by a group of judges to remove an American flag from the lobby of a courthouse that was donated by the Portsmouth Fire Department.” Watson said, “I just can’t believe that they don’t want to display the American flag in a courthouse, I mean that’s the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard in my life.”

Sheriff Watson continues to defend the flag, saying, “You can quote me on this, ‘God bless America. Let the flags fly!’”

Vietnamese-American Duy Tran was instructed by his apartment manager to remove the flag from his balcony because it posed a “threat to the Muslim community.” Tran was apoplectic, saying, “I have friends that died for this country.”

At San Diego State University, Brad Smith was instructed to remove his flag from his balcony. According to Smith, “We were then told that it was for political reasons and that the flag could offend foreign people that live here, foreign exchange students.” Smith also “had friends and family fight to defend that flag.”

Rioters in Baltimore tried to burn the American flag and succeeded in replacing it with a black-and-white flag at City Hall.[1]

University of California Irvine

In March, “the University of California Irvine student government voted” to ban the American flag from the campus lobby. Why? In the name of “cultural inclusivity.”

This is reminiscent of multiculturalism, which celebrates every culture except Western Civilization and exalts every nation but America.[2]

Their rationale: “The American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism. There were people who were like, ‘the flag triggers me’ – that was their exact wording, too.”

These students also assert that the American flag is “offensive to illegal aliens.”[3]

If so, then why are they here? And, if they are illegal aliens, why are they still here?[4]

Valdosta State University

Real Americans take the American flag seriously. We all need to be vigilant.

Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart defended the flag from protestors at Valdosta State University in Georgia. Manhart explained, “I did not want anything like this, but I got a call from a student who told me that the flag was on the ground, and they were walking on it. I was just going over there to pick up the flag off the ground. I don’t know what their cause is, but I went to pick it up because it doesn’t deserve to be on the ground.”

She added, “I saw what was happening, and I couldn’t believe nothing was being done about it. In my head I kept seeing all the caskets of our service members. It was like they were walking on their caskets. It hurt me so much. I couldn’t let it go on.”

A pro-American flag rally in April shutdown the campus. Hundreds of protestors demonstrated “their support for the American flag”

Flying the American Flag

Please spread the word. The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 “makes it illegal for an HOA [Home Owners’ Association] to restrict owners from displaying a U.S. flag.”

It clearly states: “A condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement, that would restrict or prevent an association member from displaying the U.S. flag on residential property.”

In other positive news, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) has introduced legislation to “amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to prohibit an institution from receiving federal funds if it bans the display of a flag on campus.”

America is under assault in many arenas, from terrorists within[5] and without,[6] to ideological battles among Americans. The American flag – above all other issues – represents a demarcation line between differing worldviews, perspectives, and goals.

The American flag is a symbol of all that is right (or wrong) with America, depending on one’s perspective.

Let us be victorious in keeping our flag held high.

Remember the words of the Star Spangled Banner: “O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Baltimore ‘Purged’” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8S.

[2]               See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[3]               See “American Exceptionalism is in the Eye of the Beholder” at http://t.co/UDFIbFm5hr.

[4]               See “Word Police Targets Illegal Immigration” at http://t.co/cOxvPGoWKR.

[5]               See “Terror Strikes America – Again!” at http://t.co/nurkdy0GI6.

[6]               See “CVE: How to Submit to Jihad” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7x.

Six Core Principles of American World Leadership

Jason Scott Jones provides a prescription to revive American leadership in the world. To that end, Jones offers six core principles our national leaders should adopt.

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They are:

  1. We are friends of freedom.
  2. We pursue and protect our legitimate national interests.
  3. We also will use force to defend our allies from harm.
  4. We believe in free trade, free markets, the protection of private property.
  5. We will work with and through international institutions, when doing so accords with each of the aforementioned principles.
  6. America will be true to its word.

Jones concludes:

“These are the maxims that made America great, that allowed her to grow from a marginal string of settlements on the edge of a howling wilderness, to the champion of freedom against totalitarian empires. If we return to this creed with fortitude and humility, we can again serve the world as a solid bulwark of justice in increasingly desperate times.”

Columbus Rediscovered

Columbus Day celebrates the life and work of a godly man and a seminal event in world history. Oregon recently renamed this federal holiday “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” either totally missing the point of Columbus or rejecting a key event in American history.

Columbus should be honored for his accomplishments, but instead, many on the Left ridicule and besmirch this man who changed a continent and a world for the better.

A debate on Saturday’s Cashin’ In highlights the cultural divide in America.

Juan Williams offered the countercultural position: “The reality is that there was a country[1] here and that we owe a great debt to, in fact, our native American population and that’s part of our history. That is part of our collective identity.”[2]

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Columbus Worth Celebrating

In his rebuttal, Jonathan Hoenig observed, “Christopher Columbus was a great part of that progress that Juan referenced. Christopher Columbus brought the Western ideas, brought technology, brought the future to North America. He is someone worth celebrating.”

Hoenig then made an important point missed by most addressing this holiday: “I just hope we can stop this business of classifying everyone by their race, or by their tribal heritage. We’re all Americans in this country and that’s worth celebrating.”

Sadly, the bean counters[3] and race hucksters[4] insist upon equalizing and leveling all identities and all achievements, but in doing so they must first bring down those who have been most successful and redistribute their achievements to others.

It may shock some cultural relativists, but not all cultures are equal. In fact, some cultures are superior.[5] But for the multiculturalists, America is neither good[6] nor exceptional.[7] Hence the continual assaults on Columbus Day. They have a severely impoverished view of America and a hostility to American tradition. (Ditto, for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.)

Columbus’ Christian Faith

Columbus was a devout Catholic who sought to evangelize those he encountered in his journeys. According to Christianity Today, Columbus “brought the Christian faith to half the world.”[8] “Because of Columbus’s voyage and the resulting Spanish evangelistic efforts, Latin America has a higher percentage of professing Christians than that of any other region in the world.”

The Christian Post observes, that “Columbus’ voyage was certainly the most memorable maritime enterprise in the history of the world.’” As noted by the Post,

“Columbus named the places he landed in a way reflective of his Christian faith. These include the first island (in the Bahamas) ‘San Salvador,’ i.e., ‘Holy Savior.’ Other lands he named are ‘Trinidad,’ i.e., ‘Trinity;’ ‘Vera Cruz,’ i.e., ‘True Cross;’ ‘Navidad,’ i.e., ‘Christmas.’”

Instead of denigrating a holiday dedicated to the life of a great and godly man who literally changed the world and brought salvation to untold millions, we should credit both his motives and accomplishments. Anything less is to diminish a seminal event in our history and to deny the providence God provided America through this man and in subsequent generations.

Update

On Columbus Day itself, Fox News contributor Bob Beckel demonized Columbus – and then denied doing so. First, Beckel diminished the accomplishments of Columbus, saying,

“he had guts to get on three boats and just go straight out. What do you think, you don’t know if you’re going to hit something. But just keep in mind, Christopher Columbus did not discover America. The Vikings did. That’s irrefutably proved now.”

Those who dismiss Columbus like this fail to realize that the Viking’s discovery had no impact on the world. Columbus’ discovery did.

Beckel continued: “The truth is, this land belonged to Native Americans. And we treated them terribly. We put them in reservations. We destroyed a lot of them, because we brought diseases here. The fact is this story has never been told very well. We always pass over it. But the fact is that Europeans, white Europeans, almost completely destroyed indigenous species.”

Columbus did none of the atrocities Beckel cites. None! Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle responded:

“But everything is Christopher Columbus’s fault, who died as a pauper and never even was able to profit off of what he discovered. He made four trips to this country. This is a guy who was doing his job. … Now he’s become the devil?”

Beckel asked, “Who was it who said that Christopher Columbus was responsible for doing that to the Indians? Who was it?”

Guilfoyle: “You just said it.”

Beckel: “I did not. I certainly did not.”

Guilfoyle: “You just said…”

Beckel: “No, I did not say that.”

Guilfoyle: “This is the causal link that you tied together, Bob. It came out of your mouth.”

Causal links are a prominent pejorative technique of the Left.

Endnotes:

[1]               Williams’ Use of the word “country” is wholly incorrect. There was no preexisting “country” prior to the establishment of European colonies in the New World.

[2]               The native American population is a part of our history, but Columbus Day celebrates an event pivotal in human history which ignited colonization of the New World and gave rise to the birth of America, which, in turn, has since prospered the world. Columbus deniers ignore or decry America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and besmirch her European origins. Multiculturalism insists that though all cultures are equal, Western Civilization is somehow not quite so equal. Indeed, multiculturalists eschew Western Civilization and castigate it whenever possible. America’s “collective identity” includes people of all races, cultures, and tongues, but her founding identity was principally British Christians and merchants.

[3]               See “Identity Politics Is the Problem” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1l.

[4]               See “Ann Coulter Takes on the Racial Grievance Industry” at http://t.co/YgG2rpgZIc.

[5]               The world would be a far different place – far worse – if America had never been born. America’s innate goodness, compassion, and generosity have been a fount of blessings for most of the world. These things should not be despised, nor should the source of those blessings which originated with God and were extended through the nation he prospered to greatness. Check out Dinesh D’Souza’s America.

[6]               See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[7]               See “American Exceptionalism is in the Eye of the Beholder http://t.co/UDFIbFm5hr.

[8]               For an in-depth study of Columbus, his faith, and the fruit of that faith, see https://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/issue/columbus-and-christianity-in-the-americas/.

Ebola Madness!

Ebola has re-merged as a death sentence for many and the Left blames America.

The first Ebola death in the United States was a Liberian national who lied about not being in contact with Ebola in order to enter the U.S.

Thomas Eric Duncan is not a hero.

Thomas Eric Duncan is also not a victim of racism, white privilege, Western colonialism, the NRA, the Tea Party, global warming, or – America. (Oh, and, Bush is not to blame.)

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Instead of blaming America first, Duncan’s relatives should thank America for doing her best to save his life.

Neither Hero Nor Martyr

Let me repeat, Duncan is not a hero. He lied to enter the United States, knowingly placing the lives of hundreds of people at risk. He also jeopardized his own family in Texas. (Selfless love? I think not.) Duncan brought Ebola to America.

Duncan is not a hero. Nor is Duncan a martyr. But the Left would like to regard him as a martyr – a martyr to everything they hate most about America.

Anti-American Constructs

A whole series of anti-American false narratives arose in the midst of Duncan’s plight. Political correctness insists that racism – not Ebola – was the cause of his death. The boogeymen of “white privilege”[1] and “American privilege” resurfaced with a vengeance.

Somehow, the NRA, the Tea Party, and cuts in Medicaid (by a Republican governor in Texas, who also, coincidentally, might run again for president) are to blame for Duncan’s death.

Some suggest that Ebola and its victims are a result of European colonialism in Africa. Even global warming made the list of obvious culprits.

Each of these duplicitous charges besmirch America, the American people, American institutions, and American interests.

Undergirding many of these fallacious critiques is a worldview in which America is at fault for being so successful.[2] According to their narrative, America is unworthy of her success because she exploited Third World (and other) countries.[3] The wealth inequity between America and poor countries is prominently featured in their writings.

Politicized Analysis

MSNBC host Krystal Ball expressly and explicitly blamed the NRA for the Ebola crisis, saying, “As the Ebola crisis continues, confusion and fear grows. So why are we still waiting on President Obama’s Surgeon General nominee to get to work? The answer: guns.”

Why? Because the NRA opposes the president’s unqualified nominee for Surgeon General.

Salon’s Joan Walsh blames Texas Governor Rick Perry, writing, “Medicaid wouldn’t have helped Duncan, but it might help someone exposed to him.” But, as Mediaite noted, Duncan wasn’t eligible for Medicaid anyway.

White Racism

Celebrated talk show host Geraldo Rivera cites racism as the cause of Duncan’s death. Rivera tweeted, “Real shame of Dallas: Ebola fatality Thomas Duncan turned away from Presbyterian Hospital. Was it because he was too poor, black and uninsured?”

Yes, again, the blame America first crowd blames America for the death of a foreigner who illegally entered the United States knowing that he was jeopardizing everyone he came in contact with. But America is racist![4]

As reported by Mediaite, Rivera accused the hospital of negligence and racial stereotyping: “I think that they were negligent and stereotyped this poor, black, uninsured guy who’s just another poor, black, uninsured guy.”

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, agrees with Rivera: “If a person who looks like me shows up without any insurance, they don’t get the same treatment.”

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan actually claims white Americans invented Ebola to kill black people.

The Verge Verges on Hysteria

The Verge’s take on the Ebola crisis is evident in the title of its piece: “Ebola panic is getting pretty racist.”[5] Of course, the only racism it sees is white.

The sub-title highlights one cause of the Ebola crisis: “The real culprits in Ebola’s spread have been cuts to public health budgets.” The public health budgets referenced are for the World Health Organization and other foreign countries, not the U.S., begging the question: why is America to blame.

Race looms large in this diatribe, overshadowing everything else.

The writer, Arielle Duhaime-Ross, claims, “The current Ebola crisis has been tinged with racism and xenophobia” and asserts “American privilege – white privilege, especially – is floating to the surface, in even less subtle ways.”

“The difference in treatment for US patients and African patients is stark,” she writes, expressing outrage that the U.S. is not doing more for this impoverished continent, noting “Americans have preferred to focus on themselves.” (But wasn’t Duncan focusing on himself?)

Duhaime-Ross decries “racist xenophobic Americans,” and writes, “America: your xenophobia is showing.”

Citizenship

She actually began her column decrying journalists’ questions about Duncan’s citizenship, as if asking those questions was somehow odd. She writes:

“The first time a reporter asked a CDC representative whether Thomas Duncan – the first patient to receive an Ebola diagnosis in the US – was an American citizen, the question seemed pretty tame. One could excuse it as a general inquiry about the Duncan’s nationality during the first press conference announcing his diagnosis. But after the CDC declined to answer, the question kept coming. ‘Is he a citizen?’ reporters repeatedly asked. ‘Is he one of us?’ they meant.”

(As a journalist herself, she should know that journalists typically seek to highlight people from their own countries to please their audiences. If you are in another country, their newscasters will emphasize victims of a tragedy who are from their country. Nothing nefarious there.)

However, her shocking realization that the reporters meant “Is he one of us?” would only be shocking to someone whose view of America is diminished,[6] who does not value the nature of American sovereignty and American citizenship.[7] Open borders people seldom do.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings apparently expressed Duhaime-Ross’s sentiments in his tweet about Duncan: “He’s our citizen now.

No. He’s. Not.

America is not the world’s welfare state, nor is she a continental MASH unit for treating all of the world’s people. Treating her as such is disrespectful and dishonors her origins, her heritage, and her worth.

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Guilty of Being White” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-17.

[2]               See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[3]               See Thomas Sowell, Race and Culture, Basic Books, 1995, http://www.amazon.com/Race-And-Culture-World-View/dp/0465067972. His book provides an excellent rebuttal to those charges.

[4]               See “Identity Politics Is the Problem” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1l.

[5]               See “Ann Coulter Takes on the Racial Grievance Industry” at http://t.co/YgG2rpgZIc.

[6]               See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[7]               See “American Exceptionalism is in the Eye of the Beholder” at http://t.co/UDFIbFm5hr.

Flags Depict Obama’s Fundamental Transformation of America and the World

Flags Depict Obama’s Fundamental Transformation of America and the World

Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised, “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

President Obama has kept that promise, though in ways we never would have imagined possible. Who could have imagined the depth of Obama’s impact on America – and American interests – in so many areas: politically, economically, culturally, militarily, and geopolitically?

In recent months, we have witnessed a series of crises overseas, many of which are a direct consequence of Obama’s foreign policy (or lack thereof). A growing confluence of scandals at home and abroad instill distrust in the president, his policies, his intentions, and his character.

The news has featured a variety of flags of late and these offer a visual narration of the impact of Obama’s foreign and domestic policies.

Burning American Flag in Scorn

Pro-amnesty protestors burned the American flag while shouting “Fu*k America! Fu*k America!”

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Contrary to the Supreme Court, for most Americans, flag-burning is not protected “free speech” and desecration of the American flag displays an utmost degree of contempt for the nation it represents.

Under Obama’s leadership from behind, America’s image abroad has radically deteriorated, as evidenced by pro-amnesty protestors on the border seeking open borders while desecrating the American flag and denigrating America herself.

Obama’s denial that America is exceptional, and his continual exaltation of other cultures and countries above are own, encourage disrespect. As he embraces the world’s values and traditions, he unilaterally opens wide the doors for those peoples and cultures to partake of American affluence – against the will of most Americans.

What do we get in return? Chaos on the border. Activists demanding amnesty as a right. And contempt from those making those demands.

White Flag of Surrender

Pranksters placed white flags of defeat atop the Brooklyn Bridge

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Just days ago, American flags over the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced with white flags of surrender, apparently symbolizing Obama’s capitulation to America’s enemies.

Across the globe, from one country to the next, one crisis to the next, Obama’s strategy of leading from behind, of eschewing action for diplomacy, of dithering while Rome burns, has led to the escalation of violence worldwide, chaos in once contained nations and regions, the strengthening of our enemies, and relational deterioration with our friends and allies.

ISIS’s Flag of Death

ISIS is literally changing the map of the Middle East, planting its terrorist flag wherever it goes

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The world as we knew it is gone. Our victory and peace in Iraq is vanquished and the borders of Iraq are being redrawn. Afghanistan may soon follow suit. Islamic jihadists are overrunning huge swaths of the Middle East and northern Africa. And this is only the beginning.

Obama’s six-year outreach to the Muslim world has failed. Indeed, new storms constantly arise in the Arab Winter he inaugurated. America is hated now more than it ever was. An American president who has defended Islam at every turn – while disrespecting or curtailing Christianity as opportunities present themselves – is causing the United States to reap what he has sown.

Communist China’s Red Flag

Michelle Obama danced with and waved Communist China’s Red Flag

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President Obama famously refused to wear American flag lapel pins or to say the pledge of allegiance. The First Lady’s exuberant waving or – and dancing with – the flag of Communist China evokes many thoughts and emotions best individually reflected upon.

But consider the optics of the President and First Lady in disrespecting what Americans revere and revering what the enemies of America revere.

Democratic Party’s Wrong Flag

http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/15/democrats-celebrated-flag-day-by-tweeting-out-non-american-flag/

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Flag confusion reigns among many liberals. The DNC celebrated Flag Day with an official tweet using a non-American flag. Who were they honoring? America? Illegal aliens?

Gay Flags Over U.S. Embassy

Gay pride flag flies over US Embassy in Tel Aviv

There has been a seismic cultural shift during the Obama presidency. From the dramatic growth of government, spending, and intrusion in the daily lives of ordinary Americans, to the acceptance of chronic conditions of unemployment, welfare, food stamps, and other aspects of the Nanny State, to a continuation of the culture wars from the 1960s.

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Obama one certain victory is in the exaltation of homosexuality.

UPDATE

Palestinians Reign in Paterson, New Jersey

Palestinian Flag Flies Over American Flag in New Jersey

Is America being Islamicized by a president who courts Islam and brushes off Christianity?

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As reported by Tea Party Crusaders:

“New Jersey residents in Paterson are not happy about Mayor Jeffery Jones’ public participation in the city’s recent Palestinian celebration at City Hall.

“Apparently, Palestinians gathered to raise their flag in what was the second ceremony commemorating their fight for statehood. During the event, Jones raised the flag as a symbol of ending peace talks with Israel last month.

“’We can assure you we will not get tired until Palestine is a free, independent , and democratic state,’ Somaia Barghought, Palestine’s adviser, told the United Nations.”

Update: With the Supreme Court’s recent legalization of gay marriage, another flag was added to America’s history. See “America – Lost in a Fog of Immorality and Tyranny” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-aL.

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The White House also cloaked itself under LGBT lighting.

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Update: In celebration of the Iranian deal, the White House again draped the People’s House in colors, this time Iran’s! See also See “Reclaiming America!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-9V.

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Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed

President Obama’s foreign and domestic policies often seem incoherent and contradictory to many people in America and around the world. Much of what he does is for political expediency or to reward supporters and punish foes, lending to the false impression of incoherence. Nevertheless, Obama’s national and international agendas are actually well-defined and congruent, and those related agendas spring directly from Obama’s worldview in general, and his view of America, in particular.

America = Malaysia

Just two weeks ago, many people were surprised at President Obama’s moral equivalence between Malaysia and the United States. Speaking in Malaysia, Obama declared, “I think the prime minister is the first to acknowledge that Malaysia’s still got some work to do [on human rights] – just like the United States, by the way, has some work to do – on these issues.  Human Rights Watch probably has a list of things they think we should be doing as a government.”[1]

Malaysia, remember, is guilty of horrendous human rights violations, yet Obama thinks we have “some work to do” on those issues. Issues like, “obstacles preventing opposition parties from competing on equal terms with the ruling coalition; restrictions on freedoms of speech, assembly, association, and religion; and restrictions on freedom of the press, including media bias, book banning, censorship, and the denial of printing permits.”[2]

The State Department’s 2013 Human Rights Report on Malaysia adds, “Other human rights problems included deaths during police apprehension and while in police custody; the persistence of laws that allow detention without trial; caning as a form of punishment imposed by criminal and sharia courts; bans on religious groups; restrictions on proselytizing and on the freedom to change one’s religion; official corruption; violence and discrimination against women; discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons; and restrictions on the rights of migrants, including migrant workers, refugees, and victims of human trafficking.”

America is like Malaysia? Really? (This is a clue to those who are clueless as to Obama’s view of the United States.)

American Unexceptionalism

While in Berlin, Germany, during his first presidential campaign, Senator Obama prefigured his presidential modus operandi, saying, “I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we’ve struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We’ve made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not always lived up to our best intentions.” As President, Obama launched his worldwide apology tour,[3] which, seemingly, has yet to end.

At a 2009 NATO Summit, Obama revealed, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”[4] What a shocker! We all remember his wife’s astonishing revelation, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.”[5]

Why was the soon-to-be First Lady proud of America? Because America would soon be pursuing the change that her husband envisioned. Just two weeks earlier, Sen. Obama had declared, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”[6] (“We” are our own Messiah?)

Hope and change! Days before his first presidential victory, Obama promised, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”[7] Few understood what that transformation entailed and how Obama would seek to achieve it. What has since become clear is that Obama has replaced the vision of the Founding Fathers with that of his own.

In contrast to Obama, author and columnist Norman Podhoretz wrote,

“By remaining faithful in principle – and to a considerable extent in practice – to the ideas by which the Founders hoped to accomplish these ends, we and our forebears have fashioned a country in which more liberty and more prosperity are more widely shared than among any other people in human history.”[8]

Podhoretz concluded,

“With all exceptions duly noted, I think it is fair to say that what liberals mainly see when they look at America today is injustice and oppression crying out for redress. By sharp contrast, conservatives see a complex of traditions and institutions built upon the principles that animated the American Revolution and that have made it possible – to say yet again what cannot be said too often – for more freedom and more prosperity to be enjoyed by more of its citizens than in any other society in human history. It follows that what liberals – who concentrate their attention on the relatively little that is wrong with America instead of the enormous good embodied within it – seek to change or discard is precisely what conservatives are dedicated to preserving, reinvigorating, and defending.”

America is Not a Christian Nation?

Many rightly contend that America’s Judeo-Christian heritage deeply informed its political and cultural institutions, indeed, the very fabric of the American way of life. The Supreme Court, in a series of decisions, definitively affirmed our Christian heritage.

Vidal v. Girard’s Executors (1844): “Christianity is not to be maliciously and openly reviled and blasphemed against, to the annoyance of believers or the injury of the public. … Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?”

Holy Trinity v. United States (1892): “There is no dissonance in these [historical] declarations. There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning; they affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation. … This is a Christian nation.”[9]

United States v. Macintosh (1931): “We are a Christian people … according to one another the equal right of religious freedom, and acknowledging with the reverence the duty of obedience to God.”

But according to the President, “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.”[10] Says who? Despite a decline in the number of people who regard themselves as religious,[11] fully 78% of the population regards itself as Christian.[12]

Still, Obama gets it wrong. In June 2007, he said, “Whatever we once were, we’re no longer a Christian nation. At least not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.”[13]

Obama’s vision of America drastically differs from that of most Americans.

Fundamental Transformation

In The Audacity of Hope, Obama wrote, “Implicit … in the very idea of ordered liberty [is] a rejection of absolute truth, the infallibility of any idea or ideology or theology or ‘ism,’ any tyrannical consistency that might lock future generations into a single unalterable course.”[14]

His relativistic, multicultural perspective radically rejects the absolutist values upon which America was built and which were enshrined in its Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Those fundamental, foundational ideas and ideals created the America so many of us love and the America to which millions of people turn to every year. The Founders’ America, not Obama’s.

Obama’s counter-cultural perspective and globalist worldview informs the fundamental transformation of America to which he has devoted his presidency, perhaps even his entire life.

Remember, Obama promised to fundamentally transform America and he has, indeed, kept that particular promise, though not in the way most people anticipated.

Obama sees America as fundamentally flawed and an exploiter of the world, not as “the last great hope of mankind.”[15] It is Obama’s worldviewnot America – that is fundamentally flawed.

[Future essays will address the domestic and foreign ramifications of Obama’s fundamentally flawed vision of America: Obamanomics and the Obama Doctrine.]

Endnotes:

[1]               President Obama, 4/27/14, see http://therightscoop.com/breaking-on-human-rights-obama-says-malaysias-got-some-work-to-do-just-like-the-united-states/.

[2]               See the U.S. State Department’s 2013 Human Rights Report on Malaysia at http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/2013/eap/220209.htm.

[3]               Regarding President Obama’s infamous apology tour, see http://spectator.org/blog/20288/conservatve-leaders-speak-out-against-obamas-apology-tour.

[4]               See http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/09/12/an_explanation_of_american_exceptionalism_for_vladimir_putin_and_barack_obama.

[5]               Michelle Obama, 2/18/08, see http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=17884.

[6]               Barack Obama, 2/5/08, see “A Chorus of Millions,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsrgYvx7KJE.

[7]               Barack Obama, 10/30/08, see http://www.nationalreview.com/article/359967/obama-transforming-america-victor-davis-hanson.

[8]               Norman Podhoretz, “Is America Exceptional?” Imprimis, Hillsdale College, October 2012.

[9]               See http://vftonline.org/EndTheWall/TrinityHistory.htm.

[10]             President Obama, 4/6/09, see http://www.redstate.com/diary/warner_todd_huston/2009/04/08/what-are-we-if-not-a-christian-nation/.

[11]             See http://www.pewforum.org/2012/10/09/nones-on-the-rise/.

[12]             See http://www.pewforum.org/2012/12/18/global-religious-landscape-christians/.

[13]             Brad O’Leary, The Audacity of Deceit: Barack Obama’s War on American Values, WND Books, 2008, pg. 8.

[14]             Larry P. Arnn, “Time to Give Up or Time to Fight On?” Imprimis, Hillsdale College, December 2012.

[15]             See http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/congress.htm.