With the foundations of global stability being challenged by disruptive powers such as Russia and China, and rogues like North Korea and Iran, there’s scarcely been a more dangerous time to loose faith in each other and our government system. Yet, from social issues to economy and politics to defense, the U.S. struggles to deflect deliberate efforts to speed the loss of our national identity and unity. Make no mistake, “we the people” are the target in this diabolical campaign.
Communism, Fascism, Progressivism, Conservatism, Liberalism, Libertarianism, Nazism. What do all these “isms” mean, where do the Alt-Right and ANTIFAS fit in, and do most Americans have any clue what to make of it all? If you search for political spectrum charts on the Internet, you will find disparity. For example, some place Fascism on the far right while others show it on the far left next to Communism and Socialism. You also might gain an idea of whether or not the chart’s creator was of liberal or conservative persuasion based simply on the positioning of Republicans and Democrats in relation to the middle, or the historical figures used to illustrate terms.
Newly elected Missouri Governor Eric Greitens recently issued an executive order to create a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) in Missouri. The governor’s newest executive order erects a system markedly different from the plan proposed by the legislature earlier this year and is actually quite different than most drug monitoring programs across the country. Specifically, the governor’s plan calls for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to create a database that will target “pill mills” that pump out prescription drugs at “dangerous and unlawful levels.” The department will work with private sector partners to obtain de-identified data that can be used to target abusers. Furthermore, the governor declared in his executive order that he issued the order primarily due to the failure of the legislature to pass its own version of PDMP during the legislative session that runs from January to May.
This is the fourth in a series of short essays focusing on our constitutional history and constitutional leaders, all of whom had a significant impact. This series will attempt to relate the unique features that defined their leadership with an eye toward elucidation of our constitutional system as well as a deeper understanding of our national history. Although he may have been short in stature (about 5’4”), James Madison cast a long shadow among the Founders. He constructed the concept of many of the features we now take for granted in our American constitutional system, among them checks and balances and the separation of powers. A good argument could be made that Madison constructed the constitutional framework that has kept our country functioning for over 200 years.
The purpose of this work is to provide factual, unbiased information from Islamic sources concerning the essence and true nature of Islam. Most Americans have neither the time nor desire to read and understand the Qur’an in a chronology within its historical context or strive to discern the significance of Muhammad’s tradition through the Sira, Hadith and Tarikh. Rather, many, including those in government, find it far more expedient to draw their conclusions concerning Islam from the Executive Branch, news commentators or Muslim pundits. The prevailing popular commentaries include: neither ISIS or Al Qaida are Islamic; Muslims who we designate as moderate have no designs for a world dominated by Islam; all Muslims are violent and the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates have infiltrated American institutions with the intention of undermining the fabric of America.
I recently had the privilege of attending a Security and Defense summit in South Carolina hosted by the Citadel. The gathering pulled in members and leaders from every branch of military and government. For many, it was a chance to voice their concerns off the record. Sadly, most panels and discussions demonstrated one disturbing and re-occurrent theme – America is losing.
We are not the only generation of Americans to face overwhelming odds. In 1777, the American Colonial bid for independence teetered on failure. At Valley Forge, Washington’s army dangled by a thread; diplomatic relations between the French and colonists had stalled; and elsewhere, the Continental Army experienced strategic losses including the British occupation of Philadelphia – America’s largest city.
The hope of freedom was fading. Within the Continental Congress, some leaders began resigning the cause to fate. What turned the table on hopelessness?
While Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia and Egypt remain faltering democracies, no nation’s declension is more alarming than Turkey’s – a key Western ally that has enjoyed stability for more than five decades. In 2013, Turkey’s internal struggles made international headlines when hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered in the nation’s largest cities to protest against Erdoğan’s impingements on everything from freedom of the press to freedom of assembly. But the crackdown was not confined to the political realm.
ALPF Chairman David Stuckenberg and Director of Communications David Liapis speak on Spokane Washington’s KJRB 790 RADIO- about the civil-unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Pealing away the media rhetoric, Stuckenberg and Liapis hone in on the core civic issues at play amid an unprecedented period of civil-unrest near St Louis, Missouri.
Today, most of federal agencies have fortified, barricaded, and closed off to the public – the public they exist to serve. Have you ever tried walking into the Department of Commerce, the Department of Health and Human Services or some other federal agency? Don’t bother… you’ll hardly get a foot through the door. Why? Because government has forgotten it depends on the people for survival. There was once a time when it meant something to be a “U.S. tax payer.”
Adapted from commentary published by USAFE. Today, a large number of Americans travel the world annually, but less than an estimated one percent of the citizenry actually live abroad. The ability to reside, work, and travel in an international climate provides each of us a rare and challenging opportunity to improve our Cultural Intelligence Quotient […]