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Islamic State authorization for military force scrambles Washington

Barack Obama’s request for a formal Congressional authorization to use military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State has produced the most amazing responses. Everyone seems to be switching sides and one cannot tell the players without a scorecard.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain went from earlier introducing a new War Powers Act requiring the president consult with Congress if he plans military action lasting more than seven days to saying, “To restrain [the president] in our authorization of him taking military action, I think, frankly, is unconstitutional and eventually leads to 535 commanders in chief.” Ranking Foreign Relations Democrat Robert Menendez went from introducing a more restrictive AUMF in December to supporting the president’s broader authority now. Continue reading

From pagan to sacred and back again

For many years I have heard the reference that the United States is like modern day Rome – both in its glorious
achievements and also in its potential downfall. While Rome had many issues that affected its eventual demise,
the underlying one was moral decay. Some would argue that morality may also be at the center of whether or not
the United States will continue to achieve and prosper as a nation. I would argue that it is not just the United
States that will hinge on the morality issue. Indeed, across the globe, the myriad of concerns that we read, hear
and see on the news and social media, are mostly rooted in issues of morality. In some respects, while the globe
has progressed on many fronts since the Roman Era, in other ways, the world seems to be backsliding into a
previous time when pagan societies engaged in morally questionable and societally destructive practices. As we
scan the issues of the globe over many years, we seem to have spanned from pagan to sacred and back again. Continue reading

Is Rudy right?

(’76 Contributor) Rudy Giuliani’s assertion that Barack Obama doesn’t love America or Americans has inspired scorn and outrage from the mainstream media, but a tweetstorm of hurrahs from Americans online who’ve made “Rudy is Right” a popular trending hashtag. Giuliani has actually voiced the unease many ordinary citizens feel, especially in the last few months as the president’s oath to protect and defend the nation from threats has de-escalated from “leading from behind” in his failed war for Libya into something he calls “Strategic Patience.” Continue reading

The political left’s marriage to the Islamic jihad

This is the first of a four (4) part series on the long historical relationship between the political left/Progressives and the global Jihadi Movement over the last century and its current culmination in the attempt to bring down Western civilization in general, and the United States specifically.

In this first edition, we will review the general history of the relationship between the Left and the Islamic Jihad movement, and the disconnect from reality that must take place for the Left to believe the leaders of any totalitarian movement will allow them to survive despite a hundred years of history to the contrary.

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Pantsed at the circus

Our president is the poster child of modern elite academic thought. In that world of secularism and relativism, reality is socially constructed by language. They believe that man is the creator of reality and that man creates that reality with his words. So, this president, with the magic of his words, has created a mystical universe of wonder that is hope and change. He has created better and more affordable health care and anyone like me who is dealing with a doubling of their health insurance premiums and a doubling of their health care deductibles is just a cynic. And the enemy, he tells us, is cynicism. I am the enemy because I dare to live in reality then I choose words that fit that reality. Continue reading

A Christian response to militant Islam

The advance of militant Islam with all of the terror attacks around the world in our lifetimes is one of the major issues of our lives. From attacks on targets in Africa, India, Pakistan, England, and France to the attack on America on 9/11 and the rise of the Islamic State across Iraq and Syria, Islamic terrorism and war is a major world problem, and likely the greatest one. Between the presidencies of George Bush and Barack Obama, America seems to be confused about how to think about the threat and how to handle the threat. As in all major issues, policies have to be based on the most important and enduring principles of truth. Continue reading

Top news stories of 2014 from a global justice perspective

(Centennial Fellow) Heading up a Colorado-based nonprofit that seeks to make global justice concerns present and practical to ordinary Americans, I read the headlines with a different perspective than most people. International issues have been central in news stories throughout 2014 and have had an increasing impact on our communities, our country, and our world. While there are justice concerns in every region of the globe and many significant events from the past year, I highlight the following “Top 10” news stories for their impact during 2014 as well as their implications for 2015: Continue reading

Twenty Fifteen: Here’s what one informed observer sees coming

(Centennial Fellow) 2014 was the year of unravelling for President Obama as his party received a historic drubbing at the election polls, his administration was plagued with scandals and incompetence, and his international diffidence troubled allies and emboldened foes. 2015 will see a further progression of the Obama legacy: an increase in the $18 trillion debt that can’t be repaid, more division within the nation and between the governing parties, more brazen defiance regarding separation of powers, and a destabilized global political environment where US leadership is woefully lacking. Continue reading