The Industrial Revolutions improved living standards for people in most nations where technology proliferated. Populations in modern societies are not overly concerned with accessing food or water on a daily basis. In particular, the availability of clean, fresh water is a reasonable expectation throughout the modern world. However, a growing lack of water (“water scarcity”), propelled by continued technological advancement and high demand, is creating a global crisis. This resource scarcity will change long-held expectations and demonstrate the capacity to disrupt the security and stability of entire regions.
The devastation in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico has been terrifying, engaging multiple FEMA regions and significant military support to rescue, recover and rebuild. While Puerto Rico has only limited electric power, mainly due to decades old negligence of their electric grid utilities to ensure resiliency to hurricanes, we know that it will happen again if allowed to retain their aged and fragile power generation, above ground transmission and distribution lines (wooden poles).
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.
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.
This is the third 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. If Thomas Jefferson had been an airplane, he would have been named the Spirit of America. He articulated the vision that has contributed to the development path of the United States since its beginning.
History will remember 2016 as a challenging year for America. Be it economic upheavals and civil disorder, or national security and cultural challenges, almost every corner of our society and our democratic way of life was tested. Not surprisingly, a great deal of the chaos we continue to endure has one root cause – a failure as a society to develop leaders with integrity. While our society struggles to re-establish its footing, the American Leadership & Policy Foundation stayed the course with an uncompromising determination to develop leaders who put America’s citizens before themselves. However, this has not been easy. Our foundation, too, has encountered many of the challenges confronting wider society. Notwithstanding, our vision remains fixed on service before self.
The ALPF would like to invite you to learn more about how we are bringing together America’s nation’s top intellectuals and leaders to help solve our nation’s most challenging policy issues. The ALPF prospectus provides an overview of the foundation’s mission, philosophy, fellowship program, financials, and more… A Foundation by the people for the people, men and women nationwide are realizing – it’s time to stand up for America.
American Leadership and Policy Foundation Senior Fellow, Phil Sumrall joined the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in 1962 as a member of the Wernher von Braun team that developed the Saturn family of launch vehicles used in the Apollo Program. Later he worked on Saturn improvement studies and other advanced concepts including launch vehicles, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Skylabspace station and the Space Shuttle concept definition.
He was named Chief of the Space Exploration Office at the Center in 1989, a position in which he was the Agency focalpoint for concept definition of all space transportation elements required to transport humans between Earth and the surface of Mars.