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CPAC: Allied with Japanese Conservatives

Conservatism spans the globe, as evidenced, again, at CPAC. One booth, in particular, caught my eye: the Japanese Conservative Union (JCU). It proclaims its mission statement as “Spread Liberty and Prosperity to Asia and the World through Japan-US Partnership.”

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I asked Ryoseki (Ryan) Go about his organization and its presence at CPAC. He explained,

“We created the JCU in April of last year. We are trying to create a conservative movement in Japan. We are also creating a joint think tank with ACU.” The purpose of that think tank, officially launched at CPAC, is “to develop a strategy to deter China’s aggressive behavior in east Asia.”

Go also mentioned two major events that would take place at CPAC: a JCU reception later that day and a speech by Chairman Jikido (Jay) Aeba on the main stage of CPAC on Saturday.

Alliance Against Terrorism & Rogue States

In his speech, Chairman Aeba addressed the U.S.-Japan alliance. As reported in the American Conservative, Aeba “argued … that although the alliance was created to counter the Soviet Union, it must evolve to meet today’s threats. Namely: terrorism, encroachment from China, and rogue states like North Korea.”

Ryan Go echoed those very same sentiments during our exclusive interview. Terrorism and foreign aggression are of particular interest to the JCU. He explained, “Our biggest concern is China’s military development and also North Korea’s nuclear development.” He added, “Those are two big issues which threaten Japan’s independence.” (Indeed, the global impact of those aggressors cannot be overstated.)

As a consequence, Japan needs “to develop a stronger defense so that we can counter those outside threats. We have to defend Japan – that’s our main goal.” He reiterated, “Our main concern is national defense.”

Shared Interests

JCU’s struggle against Japan’s own peace movement and impulses for appeasement necessarily brought to mind pre-World War II Neville Chamberlain and America’s present-day “War Is Not The Answer” crowd (which includes the Obama administration and both remaining Democrat presidential contenders).

Go affirmed, “Right now, in Japan, we have a very big liberal movement which calls for total peace with complete disarmament. They are involved in protests and they dominate the media and education.” Sound familiar?

Personally, it was a delight talking with Ryan. We shared not just security, political, and cultural interests but also personal experiences. When I told Ryan that I was stationed in Misawa in 1979, he recognized the city from northern Japan. When I mentioned having gone through Yokohama, his eyes lit up. Yokohama is his hometown. Strangers united with common interests and a love of liberty.

I remember the Japanese people being very welcoming to Americans living in their midst. After thanking Ryan with what little Japanese I recall, “domo arigato gozaimasu,” Ryan graciously complimented my less-than-perfect accent.

Japan and America have enjoyed a special relationship for over seven decades. It would behoove both nations to build upon our foundation of shared values and interests with renewed vigor to overcome emerging threats which endanger all of us.

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Left Wrong on Biggest Stories of 2015

The AP recently listed the top ten news stories of 2015 – and the Left was wrong on every one of them!

Left Wrong - 2015

The pacifist and radical Left, especially as epitomized by the Obama administration, rejects the very notion of a war on terror and denies the existence of Islamic terrorism in America. It prefers to wage war on climate change (a hoax), endemic and institutional racism (a myth), and law-abiding gun owners (a bogeyman), while championing the dissolution of America’s social fabric (e.g., gay marriage and the gay agenda).

1 – Islamic State

The Islamic State was the number one new story of 2015, with good reason: Islamist jihadists have created a terrorist nation-state which is gobbling up whole swaths of the Middle East and their vision of a global caliphate stretches around the globe, with climactic terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino which serve to underscore both their ambitions and their zeal.

Even in the face of the latest atrocities, the Left in general, and the Obama administration in particular,[1] reflexively defend Islam. Even in the face of savage brutality immune to reason, they seek to negotiate peace with these predators.[2] They view poverty – not religious ideology – as the motivating cause of terrorism.[3] Indeed, they hold politically correct conferences which teach the West how to capitulate to Islamists.[4] Refusing to accept reality, they really think that ISIS is contained[5] and the war on terror is over.

2 – Gay Marriage

After decades of indoctrination (via public education, entertainment, academia, and political correctness), a significant number of Americans have fallen for the gay agenda. The Supreme Court recently “settled” the issue of gay marriage. The Left was ecstatic!

The gay agenda has further infiltrated a number of churches,[6] causing them to preach a false gospel. Gay activists seek to stifle the true gospel through the power of the state and mob action (e.g., Sweet Cakes Bakery, Memories Pizza).

The Obama administration has succeeded in its goal of fundamentally transforming America[7] away from traditional values and its Judeo-Christian roots.

The Left champions gender transformation and self-identification as a different race[8] as acts of courage. America is becoming lost in a fog of immorality and tyranny[9] – while the Left applauds.

Kym Davis was denounced for standing up for truth, morality, and the law[10] when she removed to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

3 – Paris Attacks

Islamists committed notorious terrorist acts in Paris in 2015. In the first instance, Obama snubbed the Parisians[11] even as the world stood with them.[12] Right-thinking people advised Obama to stand in solidarity[13] against these terrorists. After the latest attack, Obama continued to insist that climate change is a greater threat than jihadists. The Left, as a whole, went bonkers over that attack, blaming everyone but the terrorists for their terrorism.[14]

4 – Mass Shootings

“Mass shootings” is AP’s catch-all category which includes typical criminal activity, atypical massacres committed by the mentally ill, shootings by white and black supremacists, and Islamic acts of terror. Failure to differentiate between different kinds of violence precludes prevention of that violence.[15]

Unable to split different types of violence into appropriate categories, the Left is left with only one solution: gun control.[16] Indeed, the Left’s answer to all violence, whether committed by criminals, crazed individuals, or fanatical terrorists, is … gun control![17]

The reverse is actually true: more guns, less crime. Gun control is a form of appeasement to criminals. Charles Cooke provides an excellent and thorough explanation and analysis of why the Second Amendment arose and remains relevant today. Moreover, the weapons used in San Bernardino massacre were already illegal.

In addition to reflexively screaming “gun control” at every instance of violence, the Left is wont to wrongly affix blame, usually on conservatives[18] or Christians. For them,

5 – Black Deaths in Encounters with the Police

AP’s sole focus was on the allegations of police brutality and murder and the rationale behind the Black Lives Matter movement, with zero interest in the perspective of the police and the targeting of police for assassination. The Left seems largely apathetic about the illegitimacy of most of those allegations.

“Hands up; don’t shoot” was a fraudulent narrative from the beginning,[19] yet the racial grievance industry continues to regard it as factual.[20] This is one of the Left’s most cherished narratives.[21] As a consequence of perpetuating this racial myth, Ferguson went up in flames.[22] The lives of countless police officers across the country were threatened (some were killed).[23]

Despite all the hype from Black Live Matter activists and the eagerly-complicit media, their memes are false.

Just as the Left refuses to place the blame for terrorism on Islamists, for crime on criminals, for mass shootings on the mentally ill. The Left also refuses to place the blame for dysfunctional black communities in major Democrat cities where it belongs: fifty years of Democrat policies.

Instead, the Left denies the astonishing progress made to achieve Dr. King’s dream[24] and, instead, encourages more violence in the name of alleged black victimhood and black entitlement.[25] Escalating violence in Baltimore[26] is but one of many examples. The “Ferguson Effect” endangers whole communities, including blacks.

6 – Terrorism Worries

Despite the Left’s protestations, Islamic terrorism has been on the rise in America[27] ever since President Obama took office. The AP’s sole entry in this category is the San Bernardino massacre. It completely ignored the many Islamic terrorist attacks committed in the United States[28] during the Obama administration.

The Left regularly employs Orwellian word games for ideological and political purposes. They continually try to redefine terrorism[29] to exclude the actual terrorists committing terrorism and to include their political foes: conservatives[30] and Christians.[31]

Ever-ready to deny the existence of Islamist terrorists,[32] the Left perpetuates the notion that Christians and conservatives are a far greater threat.[33] Perversely, they want to believe this nonsense.[34] A recent poll confirms this observation.

7 – US Election Campaign

The AP only names Trump, Clinton, and Sanders. It totally ignores every[35] Clinton[36] controversy.[37]

The media’s singular obsession with the Trump Phenomenon serves multiple purposes. First and foremost, ratings and money. Second, it enables them to tarnish all Republicans with the Trump brand. Third, it diverts attention away from more credible, serious, and substantive candidates. And fourth, it provides cover for the many character and candidacy flaws of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

8 – Climate Change

That climate change – a non-story – came in number eight on this list shows the extent to which the White House[38] and liberals will promote this myth. Headline: “Obama’s EPA – Holiday Meals Cause ‘Global Warming’’

Meanwhile, despite its efforts to hype global warming, the media ignores those stories which disprove its thesis.

Climate doomsayers have been around for over a century!

9 – Charleston Church Shooting

The Charleston massacre by a white supremacist made the list, fitting the media narrative of black victimhood and white racism. Finally, this very real tragedy gave the Left a singular, high-profile of white villainy. This tragic event, roundly condemned by everyone, sparked a massive campaign to destroy all things Confederate or Southern, from the flag to statues and monuments for Confederates and even America’s founding presidents! (Strangely, college campuses remain awash with courses, posters, and memorabilia exalting the Castro regime and other left-wing causes.)

But the actual surviving victims of the massacre and the citizens of Charleston exhibited genuine Christian charity in their grief.[39]

For the Left, America’s greatest threat comes from whites, conservatives, and Christians. Hence, the media silence over a gay, black supremacist, and Democrat who committed terrorist acts.[40]

10 – Europe’s Migrant Crisis

Last on the Top Ten list, Europe’s migrant crisis exposes the failures of the Obama administration’s strategy of appeasement and disengagement from the world.

Having made America weaker, Obama claims the opposite.[41] Obama’s appeasement of Putin emboldened Putin’s quest to recreate the Russian Empire.[42] Instead, Obama’s policies frustrate America’s friends and strengthen America’s enemies.[43]

Obama’s precipitous withdrawal from Iraq and hands-off approach to Syria created ISIS and enabled it to seize massive amounts of territory and expand its reach globally.[44]

Yet, Obama admits he has no strategy[45] (while claiming it is working) and denies we are at war.[46]

Still, the State Department has the chutzpah to assert as one if its accomplishments in 2015: Bringing Peace, Security to Syria.” Tell that to the Syrian refugees!

Endnotes:

[1]              See “Obama’s Muslim Roots and Sympathies” at http://t.co/3FIt1xmLqV.

[2]              See “Let’s Talk ISIS Into Peace” at http://t.co/x5bJ44gBxY.

[3]              See “Root of Evil: Let’s Put ISIS on Welfare” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7s.

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

[5]              See “ISIS Is Contained!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-bX.

[6]              See “Vicky Beeching and the Lesbian Gospel” at http://t.co/CpHQtj5sGN.

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

[8]              See “PC Trans-Racial Politics” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-aB.

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

[10]            See “In Defense of Kym Davis AND the Rule of Law” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-bQ.

[11]            See “Obama Snubs Paris, Disses War on Terror” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6S.

[12]            See “We Are All Parisians!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-71.

[13]            See “CPAC: Roman Genn – Solidarity for Liberty” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8f.

[14]            See “The Left Goes Gaga Over Paris Attack” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-c0.

[15]            See “Making Sense of Madness” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-aY.

[16]            See “Let’s Stop the Insanity Over Gun Violence” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1o.

[17]            See “Commonsense Guns Laws” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-br.

[18]            See “Left Politicizes Las Vegas Shootings” at http://t.co/dPKxyOnxsH.

[19]            See “Ferguson: Justice, Race, and Reason” at http://t.co/ksowFPCx62.

[20]            See “I’m Black: Truth Does Not Matter” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5t.

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

[22]            See “Ferguson in Flames” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5I.

[23]            See “Propaganda Kills” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6n.

[24]            See “King’s Dream Realized (sort of)” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-76.

[25]            See “Race Myths Exposed!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8Z.

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

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

[28]            See “OK Beheading? Must be Tea Party Christians!” at http://t.co/JeE8yIckeC.

[29]            See “Terrorism Redefined” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-S.

[30]            See “Right-Wing Islamic Terrorists” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6V.

[31]            See “CPAC: Alleged Christian Terrorists” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8I.

[32]            See “Islamists Fear Cartoons” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-9Z.

[33]            See “’Right-Wing Terrorists’ or Muslim Jihadists” at http://t.co/JriDYcKizd.

[34]            See “Willful Blindness to Reality” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-c9.

[35]            See “Orwell Lives: Dead Broke = $Millions” at http://t.co/85yxboS3lk.

[36]            See “Clinton Cash – Only 15% for Charity” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8O.

[37]            See “HRC: A Caricature of the Left” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-94.

[38]            See “Obama’s War … on Global Warming!” at http://t.co/WmjRvUyVlw.

[39]            See “Our Daddy: God is Our Refuge” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-aE.

[40]            See “Bryce Williams – Domestic Terrorist Ignored by the Media” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-ba.

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

[42]            See “Putin = Hitler? Yes!” at http://t.co/czfFgLNzmx.

[43]            See “Obama Abets Five Anti-American Empires” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7k.

[44]            See “Is Baghdad Burning? Obama’s Leadership Vacuum” at http://t.co/anrh8hfqtC.

[45]            See “We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet” at http://t.co/Ftcx1QT0eA.

[46]            See “War? What War?” at http://t.co/k63DebowZE.

Willful Blindness to Reality

Two jihadists massacred people at a Christmas party and the Left refuses to call it Islamic terrorism.

Blindness

While events were unfolding, the “mainstream” media and liberal blogosphere was awash with speculation that white, Christian, anti-government militia were behind the attack. They appeared to relish, yet again, an opportunity to bash both Christians and conservatives and to continue their efforts to redefine terrorism away from its real meaning and source.

But the moment it was discovered that devout adherents of Islam were the attackers, the term “terrorism” lost its relevance and the religious motivation behind the attack became moot.

The preferred liberal narrative of widespread Christian terrorism and denial of Islamic jihad was again was thwarted by reality.

Their perverse logic emanates from a distorted worldview in which America is always to blame for having exploited the world and must atone by humbling itself before dictators, tyrants, and terrorists. Only then will we be at peace.

In the immediate aftermath of the San Bernardino massacre, Salon published an article entitled, “Syed Farooq is an American: Let’s stop the Muslim vs. Christian debate and take a look at ourselves.”

Huh? Blame America for being targeted by Islamists? We’re the guilty ones?

The “American,” Syed Farooq, clearly didn’t think very highly of America or his fellow Americans. Farooq waged a religious war on us.

In that polemic, the writer asserted that Americans were “gleeful” at the discovery the terrorist was a devout Muslim. He further accused “the United States of brutality” and “political violence.”

Blaming America for the attack, he accused Americans of being endemically racist and xenophobic. He continued, seemingly oblivious to the reality he was denying:

“The attitudes you possess – that Arabs are beholden to violent culture, that Islam singularly produces religious evil, that Syrian refugees threaten American safety, that the Middle East and South Asia are places of mystical barbarity – have existed since before 9/11, but they seem to have a particular resonance in the current presidential election.”

Looking at the facts, Islam is indeed responsible for 99.99% of the violence perpetrated in the name of religion. It’s called jihad with the purpose of imposing a global Islamic caliphate upon the world by force and political/cultural subjugation.

The Islamists – on a daily basis! – state their goals very clearly, and they zealously act to achieve those goals, which are prescribed in the Koran. To deny this truth is irrational folly – and suicidal at that.

As for that “particular resonance in the current presidential election,” has Salon not seen the carnage being perpetrated in the Middle East by Islamist barbarians who have created a terrorist state which seeks to engulf the world? Are they not witnesses to the barbarism which has invaded Europe and is now invading America?

Emulating Obama, the Left asserts it is not American to protect Americans from those who would seek to destroy America.

The Left Goes Gaga Over Paris Attack

In the aftermath of the horrendous, 9/11-style, coordinated terrorist attack on Paris by Islamic jihadists, the Left, by and large, has demonstrated its capacity to rationalize evil, ignore reality, and dismiss the truth.

Left Gaga

While many mourned the loss of life and were roused to defeat the enemy that has become our implacable foe, others either denied or dismissed this existential threat, blamed America (Bush, conservatives) for the attack, or refused to call ISIS either Islamic or evil.

Some continued to assert that ISIS is on the run, or that climate change is a greater threat than terrorism, or that gun control is the answer – all various attempts to escape the reality of life and the world as it is, not the world as liberals think it should be.

But first, kudos to Saturday Night Live for exhibiting class “with a brief, moving tribute to the city of Paris delivered by cast member Cecily Strong, clad in a black dress.” Strong declared: “Paris is the city of lights and here in New York City, we know that light will never go out. Our love and support is with everyone there tonight. We stand with you.”

Vive la France!

Now, on to the rest.

Paris Attacked – So What?

Black Lives Matter proved, once again, that the only lives that matter to it are those exceptionally few black lives killed by white cops. Its response to massive death in Paris was despicable, as noted in statements and tweets from its members.

Prepare for a shock as you read this set of expletive-laden tweets expressing hatred toward Parisians for taking the spotlight away from BLM, which is nothing more than a racial grievance organization promoting victimhood and espousing violence.

Blame Bush, Conservatives, and America

Even in the seventh year of the Obama administration, the Left blames George W. Bush for everything – even events and situations created by Obama’s own policies and actions.

All three Democrat presidential contenders, in one way or another, blamed the former President (former by two elections) for the Paris terrorist attack. Salon blamed both Bush and America. It’s headline spoke volumes: “Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves.” Ourselves? Salon fails to discern the evil hearts of terrorists and, instead, attacks fellow Americans.

Salon took to task those nasty conservatives who leapt to the conclusion that Islamic terrorists were to blame, “even though there was no evidence and practically nothing was known about the attackers,” claiming their motivation was to seize this “violence” (note: not “terrorism”) “as an opportunity to demonize Muslims and refugees from Muslim-majority countries.”

No evidence? How about the modus operandi? The nature of the attacks themselves. Witnesses who heard what the terrorists said?

The liberal media blamed conservatives for the fact that terrorists attacked Paris. Salon tweeted: “Real terror unfolds in Paris. Perhaps this will convince the right to done down their incessant violent rhetoric.”

In their contorted logic, what we said caused innocent Muslims to viciously attack someone else.

Salon also posted a lengthy, rambling, incoherent essay blaming violent, elimination rhetoric on the Right for this – and other – terrorist attacks. According to Salon, “Real terrorists have killed people in the streets of Paris. The right-wing media needs to take note of that fact and moderate their rhetoric and abusive language accordingly.”

They continue: “Given the American right-wing’s casual habit of using violent language to describe their foes, and to gin up fear and anxiety among the movement conservative base, the Fox News’ right-wing echo chamber and its elites should be ashamed given the death and destruction that terrorism actually reaps in practice.”

(Salon should read those Black Lives Matter tweets noted above.)

For quite a few years, the Left has redefined terrorism to actually exclude terrorist actors and activities, and instead to demonize conservatives, the Tea Party, and Christians (who are actually the targets of Islamic jihadists).

Blame Climate Change Myth, Not Fact of ISIS Terror

Yet again, the far Left is using yet another tragedy to promote its phony climate change agenda. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the openly Socialist Democrat presidential candidate claimed, “In fact, climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism.”

This is in keeping with the Obama administration’s viewpoint, which has, on at least 23 occasions, claimed that climate change poses a greater national security threat than Islamic terrorism (which it doesn’t call by that name).

Make Love, Not War

The pacifist War Is Not The Answer contingent greeted this latest destructive attack on Western Civilization with its Sixties-style “make love, not war” mantra. Pop icon Madonna argued, “Yes, there are people who have no respect for human life and there are people that do atrocious, degrading and unforgivable things to other human beings, but we will never ever, ever change this world that we live in if we do not change ourselves, if we do not change the way that we treat one another on a daily basis.”

In other words, we need to change before the terrorists stop committing terror. Applying the same logic, we should not arrest criminals but, rather, change ourselves until they stop their criminal activities.

Madonna, continued, “Only love will change the world, but it’s very hard to love unconditionally and it’s very hard to love that which we do not understand, or that which is different than we are. But we have to or this will go on and on forever.”

Again, it is our fault for not understanding them, and until we understand them, terrorism will not end. Most rational people do understand that these are evil people committing evil acts.

Nevertheless, “fired MSNBC personality Krystal Ball” insisted: “Most powerful response to radical hate is radical love. Open your hearts wider and love harder.”

This is the Barack Obama Model for World Peace, a model proven wrong time and again.

Release Terrorists; Take in Refugees; Spurn Persecuted Christians

So, we can’t call the terrorists what they are – terrorists – and we aren’t supposed to fight back against those self-same terrorists who want to destroy us – because it wouldn’t be, according to our Commander-in-Chief, in keeping with our American values.

(Mr. President, you don’t adhere to “American values.”)

Now, we find ourselves in a panorama from Hell. At one and the same time, the Obama administration is releasing more Gitmo detainees (i.e. terrorists), even as it brings into America even more Syrian refugees (many of whom are undoubtedly terrorists), while utterly ignoring the plight of Christians who are persecuted by the terrorists it refuses to fight.

Some would call that crazy!

President Obama has just released five more Yemeni terrorists from Gitmo, while continuing its efforts to “accept 10,000 Syrian refugees,” with a goal of absorbing 100,000 refugees annually. Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton actually wants to increase the number of refugees brought into America.

Clinton’s senatorial successor in New York, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, concurs, saying, “I think what we could be doing more of is dealing with the humanitarian crisis. I wish we were focused on how we could create relief for millions of families that are streaming out of Syria. I’ve seen our European partners really pick up the pace and take significant responsibility for these families. What Germany has done is outstanding. I think America should be doing more.”

In the meantime, Obama’s State Department (once run by Hillary), has denied visas for Christians being persecuted in Iraq. This falls on Obama’s shoulders.

At the G20 Summit in Turkey, Obama said, “We have to, each of us, do our part, and the United States has to step up and do its part. When I hear folks say that, well, maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims. When I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who’s fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted. When some of those folks themselves come from families who benefitted from protection when they were fleeing political persecution – that’s shameful. That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.”

(Mr. President, you don’t know “who we are.”)

ISIS is Neither Islamic Nor Evil

The Obama administration continues to claim that Islamic terrorists are not Islamic and it refuses to recognize that what they engage in is terrorism. Last Saturday (the day after the Paris attacks) all three Democrat presidential candidates avoided the stark reality of global Islamic jihad.

(The Left will soon discover that ISIS is more dangerous that campus radicals.)

Dan Kimmel, a [Democrat] candidate for a Minnesota state representative seat” tweeted: “ISIS isn’t necessarily evil. It is made up of people doing what they think is best for their community. Violence is not the answer, though.”

That logic would justify every serial killer and terrorist throughout human history.”

But ISIS is Islamic and ISIS is evil. The evil of ISIS derives from a defect in the human heart, not a product of economic deprivation. Obama’s ideas of putting ISIS on welfare are ludicrous.

Gun Control Will Stop Jihadists

Other proposed solutions to end the jihadist threat include the liberal favorite: gun control. Hint: gun control never works to achieve its stated goals. Gun control only serves to aid tyrants and dictators, terrorists and criminals. If any of those victims in Paris had been armed, they might not have become victims. Weapons in the hands of law-abiding citizens are a game changer for good.

Nonetheless, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America tweeted: “Our hearts are with the victims and survivors of the horrific mass shooting and violent attacks in Paris today.” The attached photo bore the words: “We are united in mourning all lives lost to gun violence.”

Those lives weren’t lost due to gun violence, but due to terrorists intent upon doing evil.

Appeasement Is the Answer

Like gun control, appeasement never works. Still, Obama is intent upon continuing his disastrous foreign policy. In light of the Paris attack, Obama said, “The strategy we are pursuing … that’s the strategy we are going to have to pursue. And we are going to continue to generate more partners for that strategy.”

The strategy that created ISIS and mushroomed it into a world-threatening terrorist state is the strategy that Obama intends to continue?

Appeasement encourages aggression and leads to defeat and subjugation.

ISIS is on the Run

Obama’s false claims that Al-Qaeda is on the run, that the war on terror is over, that ISIS is JV, that ISIS is contained, ad infinitum, were amplified by yet another claim, this one from a Muslim apologist who argues that the Paris attack is a sign of weakness and not strength on the part of ISIS. (Just as Obama claimed Putin’s many acts of aggression are really signs of weakness.)

This apologist reasons thus: “There is a reason ISIL still want to appear so powerful, why they don’t want to acknowledge that the land they control has been taken from weak enemies, that they are pinned down by airstrikes, or that just last weekend they lost a significant part of their territory.”

“ISIL don’t want you to know they would quickly be crushed if they ever faced a proper army on a battlefield.”

“They want you to fear them. They want you to get angry. They want all of us to become hostile, and here is why – ISIL’s strategy is to split the world into two camps. It is that black and white. Again, we know this because they told us.”

Except, of course, they haven’t. This phony propaganda is designed to dismiss and discount the danger posed by ISIS, to thwart the sense of urgency the West sees in combating that terrorist threat, and to enable the status quo to continue until the West has been defeated.

I’m sure the current President of the United States would rally behind this apologist’s opinion, just as he has heralded all of the many unprecedented accomplishments of his tenure in the Oval Office. After all, according to Obama, America has never been stronger and the world has never been safer.

But for those who live in the real world, neither of those claims is true.

ISIS Is Contained!

Just hours after proclaiming that “ISIS is contained,” President Obama was again proven wrong about the War on Terror (that he refuses to name as such) when Islamic jihadists conducted a devastating 9/11-style attack on Paris.

ISIS contained

(Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Paris, the French people, and all those affected by this attack.)

The JV team has vexed this administration, which refuses to recognize the evil of Islamic jihad. Instead, the Obama administration targets law-abiding Americans, conservatives, and Christians, and anyone but jihadists!

Obama suggests that this evil which must be defeated can be assuaged by welfare or through diplomacy. Obama’s agenda appears designed solely to appease and submit to Islamists!

Will Obama continue to claim that America has never been stronger and that we are not at war with jihadists? Will he still boast of not having a strategy? Will he continue to ignore terrorism in America’s homeland?

President Francois Hollande has the right idea. He declared that his nation would “be merciless toward the barbarians of Islamic State group” promising to “act by all means anywhere, inside or outside the country.”

Headline: “A nightmare in Paris, an attack on the world.”

The last time Paris was attacked, Obama skipped a gathering of world leaders to watch TV. Will he go to Paris this time?

Vive la France!

Veterans Honored: A Personal Story

I was both embarrassed and encouraged.

Vets

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).

Compromise

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!