History: Real American Stories vs. Obama, Muslim Agenda

Obama  Praises Muslim Contributions to American History

What is the Truth? Here are the Real Stories about the Muslim Agenda

keyCritics says the president is guilty of rewriting American history to make Islam look good in the wake of Muslim attacks on America, from 9/11 to Fort Hood to the Boston Marathon.

WND

ThomasJeffersonPresident Obama’s remarks thanking Muslims for “building the very fabric of our nation” and claiming they were in part responsible for “the core of our democracy” have left many in and outside of Washington scratching their heads. But the Founding Fathers would find the comments even more baffling.
Far from incorporating Islam into America’s early tapestry, their own writings reveal the Founding Fathers were at war with the creed and its adherents.

In 1801, President Jefferson sent the Navy to the Barbary Coast to stop Islamic pirates’ reign of terror on U.S. merchant ships. Jefferson read the Quran to understand what was motivating the pirates, and he learned that the Muslim holy book commanded the faithful to “plunder and enslave” non-Muslims.

 

 

barbary2In 1814, after Tripoli broke its truce and began attacking U.S. ships again, former President John Adams wrote Jefferson a letter advising that Islam’s founder and prophet was “a military fanatic.” In another writing, he condemned Islamic law as “contemptible.”

His son and future president, John Quincy Adams, went further, arguing that the essence of Islam is “violence and lust: to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature.” He suggested the Quran’s commands to fight and conquer other lands “in the cause of Allah” were at odds with democracy, peace and the Judeo-Christian ethic on which America was founded.

“The precept of the Koran is perpetual war against all who deny that Muhammad is the prophet of God,” he added. “The vanquished may purchase their lives by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Muslim creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective. The commands of the prophet may be performed alike by fraud or by force.”
muslimobamaLast month, celebrating the end of the Muslim holiday Ramadan, Obama extolled “the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” He also claimed we share “common values” with Islam.

Republican official Bob FitzSimmonds, who serves as GOP treasurer in Virginia, called the statement “pure nonsense” in a post on his Facebook page.

“Exactly what part of our nation’s fabric was woven by Muslims?” he demanded.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, condemned FitzSimmonds, calling for his ouster, before attempting to clarify the president’s remarks.

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In a press release, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper explained that Obama was referring to “the 20 percent of the slaves bought [sic] to America who were Muslim. I think they may have had something to do with building our nation.”

Historians, however, have disputed such a large percentage. They estimate slaves imported to the 13 colonies from predominantly Muslim areas of Africa until 1808 – the year the U.S. outlawed the international slave trade – numbered in the thousands, not hundreds of thousands.

The population of Muslims in America remained so tiny after emancipation that not a single mosque was established in this country until 1934. Called the “Mother Mosque of America,” it stands today in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

No Muslims, in fact, are recorded fighting in the Civil War or World War I.

It wasn’t until immigration was liberalized in the 1960s that large waves of Muslims began moving to America. At that time, their presence totaled under 150,000. Though their numbers today total in the millions, Muslims still make up less than one percent (0.8 percent) of the population, according to the Pew Research Center, and will only account for 1.7 percent by 2030.

With such a small population, critics say it’s implausible that Muslim Americans would have the outsized influence on American society that Obama credits them with having.

Muslims did not establish their own political institutions in America until the 1980s, and they didn’t elect a representative to Congress until 2007.

In the same CAIR press release, Hooper noted that “Obama could also have been thinking of the thousands of American Muslims who serve in the military; Muslim religious leaders like Warith Dean Muhammad or Malcolm X; Keith Ellison and Andre Carson, the first Muslim Americans to serve in Congress; basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or boxing great Muhammad Ali.”

What’s striking about all these Muslim luminaries is that they made their mark on American society only recently, and started out as Christians or secularists before converting to Islam. They all adopted their faith. None inherited Islam or can point back to a rich family history in that religion or culture in America.

Historians say major gaps exist between American and Muslim cultures.

“Muslims, particularly Arab Muslims, seem slow to assimilate compared to other post-1965 groups,” wrote Harvard University professor Samuel P. Huntington in “Who Are We?”

He blamed it on the “indigestible” nature of Muslim culture and its incompatibility with Western culture.

Huntington pointed to a study of Los Angeles Muslims that found, “A significant number of Muslims, particularly immigrant Muslims, do not have close ties or loyalty to the United States.”

A large share of Muslims in the study said it was quite important to replace public schools with Islamic schools.

Far from contributing to American traditions and culture, Huntington concluded, Muslims for the most part share an antagonistic attitude toward them.

MuslimWarriorThat antagonism, Huntington wrote, is rooted in “the fear of American power, envy of American wealth, resentment of what is perceived as American domination and exploitation, and hostility to American culture, secular and religious, as the antithesis of Muslim culture.” He also says Muslim antagonism “stems in part from American support for Israel.”

Added Huntington: “Muslims increasingly see America as their enemy.”

Yet Obama, who enjoys 72 percent popularity among U.S. Muslims, insists America is a Judeo-Christian-Islamic nation. It’s not the first time he’s made such a claim.

In 2010, he released a statement saying, “Islam has always been part of America,” and, “American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country.”

Critics say the president is guilty of rewriting American history to make Islam look good in the wake of Muslim attacks on America, from 9/11 to Fort Hood to the Boston Marathon.

“Before too long, it will be taught in all the textbooks,” warned Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/founding-fathers-refute-obamas-muslim-fabric/#5Ch7yeTyhK2IwaD1.99

Stress Management, Classical Music, and Debussy Youtube Video

Dinner Topics for Friday

keyoldBe still, and know that I am God. ~Psalms 46:10

 

 

debussyClaude-Achille Debussy (French pronunciation: [klod aʃil dəbysi])[1] (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions.[2] In France, he was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903.[3] A crucial figure in the transition to the modern era in Western music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

His music is noted for its sensory component and for not often forming around one key or pitch. Often Debussy’s work reflected the activities or turbulence in his own life. In French literary circles, the style of this period was known as symbolism, a movement that directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant.[4]

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History, Entertainment, and Government Corruption

Modern Bread and Circuses

ObamaMonstersBallAmericans Are So Distracted by Entertainment That They Don’t See Government Corruption

 History-Clues

keyThose who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin

America’s “welfare state is now larger than the gross domestic product of 175 of the 190 wealthiest countries.” ~Terrence P. Jeffrey

When Lenin set out to transform, fundamentally transform Russia, he didn’t say he was going to kill 40 million people, create famines and concentration camps called gulags. He said he was going to give them bread, land and peace. ~David Horowitz

Hope and change. Bread and circuses. Don’t say you weren’t warned. ~Patrice Lewis

 

America, Land of 1,000 Addictions

David Kupelian

But, unlike getting high and being entertained, real faith is not a feeling or emotion, no an intellectual concept or positive affirmation.

Rather, faith and hope come, as the Good Book tells us, on the heels of genuine, sincere repentance. As always, the only way out of the great maze of life on earth is upward—by yearning for the Living God and His influence and direction in our lives.

breadandcircusesProviding free food is the best way to conquer and domesticate animals and to lead them into cages.

“Bread and circuses” (where politicians and “experts” become our gods, and continual distraction and escape from reality become a way of life) is the diametric opposite of early America’s “Christianity and liberty” (faith in God, and the real freedom that keeping His commandments brings.)

Enter the circuses! To assuage our angst and anxiety, we need to be continually entertained and distracted so we cannot hear the still small voice within us that is desperately saying, “Something is terribly wrong with the way you’re going.”

At the root of the bread-and-circuses welfare state is our country’s de facto abandonment of God, with the government and a rotten culture acting as our gods.

Do you think telling children, in a multitude of ways today’s culture and government constantly do, that God is not real has no effect on their mental health and happiness?

Do you think aborting over 55 million American children in the four decades since the Supreme Court legalized it in 1973—and the not-subtle message this sanitized slaughter sends throughout society about the lack of sacredness of human life—has no effect on the mental health and sense of wellbeing of Americans?

Do you think watching the greatest, freest and most productive nation in history—one based on “Christianity and liberty”—being dismantled by arrogant elitists, addicted to power and enthralled by a delusional utopian system that always fails, has no part in driving people to addiction?

Do you think, for America’s military members, that having a president who—let’s just say it—hates America, and therefore logically cannot have American soldiers’ best interests at heart in his decisions as commander in chief, wouldn’t cause tremendous stress and morale problems in the armed forces, perhaps even contributing to the radical level of psychiatric drug use by troops and the 22 military suicides (active-duty and vets) that occur daily?

Do you think indoctrinating and pressuring young children into affirming that two men kissing each other, or getting “married,” is normal and wholesome has no effect on their mental health and happiness? Allow me to spell it out: When a 5-year-old sees two men kissing, the “ick factor” he automatically experiences—“Oh my gosh, that’s so gross!”—is from God. It is gross.

To escape from our self-consciousness of this uncomfortable rift between us and our Creator, we are easily tempted to escape into distraction, excitement, intoxicants and toxic relationships.

As if that weren’t enough, add to the mix a government run by people addicted to power and control over us, as well as a corrupt culture addicted to celebrating pride and rebellion against basic moral values, and these influences make things immeasurably worse for us.

But, unlike getting high and being entertained, real faith is not a feeling or emotion, no an intellectual concept or positive affirmation.

Rather, faith and hope come, as the Good Book tells us, on the heels of genuine, sincere repentance. As always, the only way out of the great maze of life on earth is upward—by yearning for the Living God and His influence and direction in our lives.

 

Amusing Ourselves to Death

“In the age of advanced technology, spiritual devastation is more likely to come from an enemy with a smiling face than from one whose countenance exudes suspicion and hate.” ~Aldous Huxley

 

Art Moore

TVbabyIn his book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman, who died in 2003, shows how various forms of media shape the way a civilization defines truth. In the age of television, information becomes a packaged commodity that subordinates the relevant and the important to what sells.

Entertainment and emotional stimulation thus become society’s highest values, and the complex ideas of politics and religion are diluted and distorted into platitudes, pleasant aphorisms and sound bites.

Education, too, becomes a form of show business.

In one chapter, “Reach Out and Elect Someone,” Postman demonstrates how elections have boiled down to a battle of images, functioning much the way retailers sell their products on TV.

Citizens become consumers who are fed abstract images based on what they believe is lacking in their personal lives.

They vote, consequently, largely to fill that perceived personal lack, rather than to do what is best for society and their families, in alignment with enduring principles.

Neil Postman …said he actually found Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” a more relevant reflection of modern times than Orwell’s “1984.”

The book concludes with “The Huxleyan Warning” from Brave New World: “in the age of advanced technology, spiritual devastation is more likely to come from an enemy with a smiling face than from one whose countenance exudes suspicion and hate.”

In the Huxleyan prophecy, Postman says, there’s no need for Big Brother to watch people. (Orwell: 1984) People watch Big Brother—by choice.

Postman writes:

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.”

 

Socialists killing America with Bread and Circuses

Gina Loudon

Creating dependency degrades those who indulge, and it makes saps of those who do not. Worse, the tighter we weave the social safety net, the more we destroy the beautiful fabric of the nuclear family.

Example:

A cop responded to a domestic disturbance call. When he arrived and settled things down, he started asking questions and got some surprisingly candid answers. The young couple was doing pretty well for two people with no jobs.

Cop: How do you afford all this without jobs?

Man: We do OK> we pull in about $30,000 per year.

Cop: How do you do that?

Man: Welfare, AFDC (aid to families with dependent children), SSI (Supplemental Security Income), food stamps, housing assistance, food pantries.

ObamaCommunistIt seems the Cloward-Piven strategy—intentionally loading up the welfare rolls to cause the current system to bread down, to be replaced by a new socialist system—was in full swing.

Worst of all, family interdependence is all but nonexistent for the poor, as illustrated by the stunning figure of 68 percent out-of-wedlock births for black women.

Under the flawed social welfare system, the teenager who seeks “independence” from her parents can find it in pregnancy. At the end of life, the senior no longer needs children, as the government has programs for them. Economic interdependence was part of the glue that held together the family fabric that forced people to humble themselves and work out problems between one another.

The socialists have eliminated that family-binding glue in the U.S.

family5prayingdinnerDestroying then nuclear family, killing the poor with flawed food, and placating people with expanded access to mind-altering drugs is no way to build a strong sovereign nation. No country can survive these assaults over time. Patriots know that true compassion is tough love, but it is more than that.

Christians are commanded to help the poor. Three times Jesus beseeches his followers to show their love for him by feeding His sheep. The socialists have twisted this beautiful calling by making the government the agent of all good works. But those who create a system that enslaves people, and who do it in the name of justice, are the enemies of the people they profess to love.

 

The Kardashian Effect

Dire events abound, but many are too busy watching Kim’s derriere

Patrice Lewis

obamaneroIt’s not just Kim, of course. Americans are obsessed with celebrity culture. They follow the antics of “American Idol,” “Dancing with the Stars” and every intellectual giant that flashes skin in the Hollywood landscape.

Why? What has Kim Kardashian actually accomplished? What kind of cultural contribution has Britney Spears made? What significant event elevated Miss Gaga to the status of Lady? What am I missing?

Some people thought increased availability of information through the Internet and personal electronic devices would increase America’s vigilant oversight of our leaders. The opposite has happened. People (especially young people) have become so separated from reality, so drugged by media and so focused on those tiny little screens that they become immune to government actions that will have a vast effect on their future.

In other words, people are more interested in following the shallow antics of Kim Kardashian than they are in following the life-altering antics of our leaders. It’s the ultimate triumph of style over substance.

Saturated in this kind of constant stimulation, the one thing people miss out on is real life—and that includes how Washington is taking advantage of these distractions to disassemble our nation and rebuild it into something unrecognizable.

I know it’s a lot easier to immerse ourselves in the trivial than face the serious, and I’m not implying we don’t all deserve a little R&R by reading or watching fluff.

But for goodness sake, people, America is burning down around our ears. You need to put aside the digital bread and circuses and open your eyes to the real world we’ve been gifted by God. Just maybe you’ll see some things that need fixing.

Or at least you’ll avoid walking into a light pole.

Youtube Video: Real History vs. Obama

Obama Tries to Rewrite History

See These Youtube Videos to Learn Real History

keyoldIf the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you. ~Mosiah 29:27

Truth-Detectors

 History-Clues

5 Ways Muslims Have Contributed to ‘Building the Very Fabric of Our Nation’

Why did Columbus set sail? Because the fall of Constantinople to Jihadists in 1453 closed the trade routes to the East.

by
Robert Spencer

PJ Media

Last Sunday, in his message congratulating Muslims on Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, Barack Obama wrote: “Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” That’s right: he said “many achievements and contributions.” I could only think of five. Maybe you will be able to think of some more.

5. Getting us here in the first place

This one predates the United States as a nation, but without it, the United States would not exist. Every schoolchild knows, or used to know, that in 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue and discovered America while searching for a new, westward sea route to Asia. But why was he searching for a new route to Asia? Because the fall of Constantinople to the Muslims in 1453 closed the trade routes to the East. This was devastating for European tradesmen, who had until then traveled to Asia for spices and other goods by land. Columbus’s voyage was trying to ease the plight of these merchants by bypassing the Muslims altogether and making it possible for Europeans to reach India by sea.

So the bellicosity and intransigence of Islam ultimately opened the Americas for Europe – and made the United States possible.

4. Slavery

Slavery is condoned in the Qur’an as well as the Bible, and has been taken for granted throughout Islamic history, as it was in the West until the advent of the great abolitionist movements in the U.S. and Britain. The opening of the transatlantic slave trade provided Muslim slave dealers in Africa with a lucrative new market – one that they cheerfully and energetically exploited.

One consequence of this has been claims by the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other Islamic advocacy groups in the U.S. that the first Muslims in the U.S. were slaves imported from Africa. This, of course, feeds the sense of victimhood that CAIR so assiduously cultivates for the political power that it offers, but it cuts in the other direction as well: not only the slaves, but the slave traders who sold them to Europeans and Americans who brought them to the New World were Muslims, operating in accord with the sanction of slavery given by Muhammad and the Qur’an.

Arguably, then, if it weren’t for the Islamic slave industry on the African continent, there would have been no slavery in the New World, and none of the attendant national traumas that reverberate down to this day. This means, of course, that one way that Muslims have contributed to building the very fabric of our nation is by setting in motion the chain of events that led to ongoing racial tensions in the U.S., and ultimately to the election to the presidency of Barack Obama.

3. The Marines

“From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli…” The line from the Marines’ hymn commemorates the Marines’ actions during the First Barbary War (1801-1805), the first war the United States fought against Islamic jihadists. The war came about because President Thomas Jefferson refused to accede to the Barbary states’ demands for tribute payments – demands made in accord with the Qur’an’s dictum that the “People of the Book” must be made to “pay the jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (9:29). The Barbary pirates, also acting in accord with Islamic law regarding the kidnapping, enslaving and ransoming of non-Muslims, were seizing American ships and enslaving the crews, demanding exorbitant ransoms for their release.

The Marines put a stop to all that, and the line from the Marines’ hymn shows how pivotal their actions on the Barbary coast were to forming the Marine ethos. So for the Marines, too, we have Muslims to thank.

2. A drastically weakened economy

Osama bin Laden explained that he mounted the 9/11 jihad terror attacks in order to weaken the American economy. In October 2004 he exulted: “Al-Qaeda spent $500,000 on the event, while America, in the incident and its aftermath, lost — according to the lowest estimate — more than $500 billion, meaning that every dollar of al-Qaeda defeated a million dollars.” Then there are the further billions lost since 2004, and the billions wasted on the nation-building misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan – such that if he were alive today, bin Laden could look with satisfaction on an America with a severely weakened economy, high unemployment, and no imminent prospects for genuine recovery.

We experience the effects of this every day in a thousand ways, large and small – in an America that is poorer, uglier, meaner, more dangerous, less productive and less efficient than it was on September 10, 2001. A veritable contribution to the fabric of our nation indeed.

1. The TSA

Once romantic and even glamorous, air travel today is an uncomfortable, uncertain, unpleasant, inhospitable, cramped affair involving intrusive and inefficient security procedures that annoy and humiliate travelers. At least everyone is humiliated equally. Passengers are poked, prodded, threatened, herded like cattle, beleaguered with delays, and treated as if they were criminals in a politically correct attempt to avoid focusing on the true source of the problem.

Meanwhile, the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security are two new bloated and ever-growing bureaucracies, further draining the already depleted American taxpayer.

And that, surely, is the crowning contribution that Muslims have made to “building the very fabric of our nation” as it stands today.

 

 

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We’re In. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

America, History, and Geography

jedmorseDinner Topics for Wednesday

Jedediah Morse—Father of American Geography

Jedidiah Morse (August 23, 1761 – June 9, 1826) was a notable geographer whose textbooks became a staple for students in the United States. He was the father of telegraphy pioneer and painter Samuel F. B. Morse, and his textbooks earned him the sobriquet of “father of American geography.”

 

Early life and education

Born to a New England family in Woodstock, Connecticut, Morse did his undergraduate work and earned a divinity degree at Yale University (M.A. 1786). While pursuing his theological studies studies under Jonathan Edwards and Samuel Watts, in 1783 he established a school for young women in New Haven.[1]

Career

In the summer of 1785 he was licensed to preach, but continued to occupy himself with teaching. He became a tutor at Yale in June 1786, but, resigning this office, was ordained on 9 November 1786, and settled in Medway, Georgia, where he remained until August of the following year. He spent the winter of 1787/8 in New Haven in geographical work, preaching on Sundays to vacant parishes in the vicinity.[1]

Religious activities

He became a pastor in Charlestown, Massachusetts (across Boston harbor) on 30 April 1789, where he served until 1820.[1] Among his friends and numerous correspondents were Noah Webster, Benjamin Silliman and Jeremy Belknap. In 1795 he received the degree of D.D. from the University of Edinburgh.[1]

Throughout his life he was much occupied with religious controversy, and in upholding the faith of the New England church against the assaults of Unitarianism. Ultimately his persevering opposition to liberal views of religion brought on him a persecution that affected deeply his naturally delicate health. He was very active in 1804 in the movement that resulted in enlarging the Massachusetts general assembly of Congregational ministers, and in 1805 unsuccessfully opposed, as a member of the board of overseers, the election of Henry Ware to the Hollis Chair of Divinity at Harvard.[1]

Morse did much toward securing the foundation of Andover Theological Seminary, especially by his successful efforts in preventing the establishment of a rival institution in Newburg,[where?] which had been projected by the Hopkinsians.[who?] He participated in the organization of the Park Street Church in Boston in 1808, when all the Congregational churches of that city, except the Old South Church, had abandoned the orthodox faith. In 1805 he established The Panoplist for the purpose of illustrating and defending the commonly received orthodoxy of New England, and continued its sole editor for five years. This journal later became The Missionary Herald.[1]

Geography

Morse strongly influenced the educational system of the United States. While teaching at a school for young women, he saw the need for a geography textbook oriented to the forming nation. The result was skimpy and derivative, Geography Made Easy (1784).[citation needed] He followed that with American Geography (1789), which was widely cited and copied. New editions of his school textbooks and the more weighty works often came out annually, earning him the informal title, “father of American geography.” His postponed gazetteer for his work of 1784 was bested by Joseph Scott’s Gazetteer of the United States in 1795. With the aid of Noah Webster and Rev. Samuel Austin, Morse published his gazetteer as Universal Geography of the United States (1797).

Native American peoples

Morse rebutted certain racist views published in the Encyclopædia Britannica concerning the Native American peoples, e.g., that their women were “slavish” and that their skins and skulls were thicker than those of other humans.[2]

He took great interest in the subject of civilizing and Christianizing the native Americans, and in 1820 he was appointed by the secretary of war to visit and observe various tribes on the border, in order to ascertain their actual condition, and to devise the most suitable means for their improvement. This work occupied his attention during two winters, and the results of his investigations were embodied in a Report to the Secretary of War on Indian Affairs (New Haven, 1822).[1]

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Dinner Talk

When I was in the 5th grade, I had to learn the shapes of all the United States, the names of the state capitals, and be able to label and locate each state and capital on a blank map of the United States, with only the states outlined. It has been a really useful thing to know, and doing that, I never forgot it. Try it with a blank U.S. map, and color each state a different color, so you can remember the shape of each state. ~C.A. Davidson

Heritage Update: Obama handling of ISIS War on Women, Children

Who or What Is ISIS?(Islamic State of Iraq and Syria)

This is the  Militant Islamic Group Taking Over Iraq (an equivalent of Al Qaeda)

 

Heritage Foundation Expert

Q&A: How Should the U.S. Respond to New Violence in Iraq?

Steven Bucci

ISIS_syria_iraq_mapSteven P. Bucci, who served America for three decades as an Army Special Forces officer and top Pentagon official, is director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Read his research.

Military expert Steven Bucci, director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, takes your questions on the current situation in Iraq.

Q: What is the U.S. doing in response to  the Islamic State’s violence in Iraq?

The U.S. was again caught by surprise by the insurgent army known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham. Its rapid advance on the Kurdish capital of Erbil and threat to kill 15,000 minority civilians trapped on a mountain may prove to be the spur to action.

President Obama announced two operations in support of the Iraqi government. One is humanitarian aid (food and water supplies will be dropped from planes) to minority Yezzidis trapped by ISIS forces on a remote mountain top, and the other is the authorization for combat air strikes if ISIS moves closer to Erbil, where a large number of U.S. personnel are stationed in a consulate. There is also a small U.S. military element in Erbil who were coordinating with the Kurds.

Q: Is Obama’s announced response sufficient?

This is not an adequate policy.  It is a knee-jerk reaction that is too little, too late. Using air power alone to “plink” at individual vehicles and pieces of equipment did not work in Kosovo for Bill Clinton and will not work here.  The policy of “do as little as humanly possible” just so you can get credit is now coming home to roost. This requires a much larger regional response.  ISIS is a regional threat, and it will take cooperation from numerous sources to deal with it.

Q: Does ISIS pose a serious threat?

ISIS has shown itself to be ruthless with the persecution, torture and even murder of minorities (Christians, non-Sunni Muslims, etc). There is every reason to believe it will follow through with its demand that the Yezzidis convert to Islam or die. The group is trapped on Mt Sinjar in northern Iraq. It includes mostly women and children.

Q: Does the Iraqi government want the U.S. to intervene?

It was emphasized in the White House announcement that the Iraqi government had requested this support. Additionally, there were great pains taken to ensure it was understood that no additional U.S. ground troops will be deployed.

There had been earlier reports the U.S. already had conducted air strikes in Iraq against ISIS targets, but these proved to be false. These earlier actions were likely conducted by the Iraqis air forces themselves. They clearly are not sufficient to address the situation.

Q: How serious is this?

EGYPT-POLITICS-UNRESTThe situation is grave. ISIS has shown itself to be very clever. Rather than moving on Baghdad, as expected, it appears to be looking for, and finding, weak spots. The move against Erbil was not anticipated.

Many experts have noted the reversals the Kurds have suffered are stunning. The Peshmerga (Kurdish militia) had a reputation for extreme toughness and military capability. It was thought it would form a bulwark against which ISIS would flounder. ISIS’s ability to push Peshmerga out of areas it has controlled for extended periods is not a good sign and indicates ISIS is a force to be reckoned with. It now must be considered more than just a terrorist group.

The concern is growing that even if ISIS can be driven back, there may be irreparable damage done. Its present control of an Iraqi dam, electric production facilities and oil infrastructure means it can at the very least damage or destroy these key locations as it withdraws.

There are reports that ISIS continues to expand in other areas as well. It is operating in Syria and Lebanon. It is not widely reported, but an ISIS affiliate moved into northern Lebanon, and the army has failed to dislodge it. This ability to operate in multiple locations against disparate targets is another sign that this is a very dangerous foe, not just to Iraq, but to the region.

People and Law: Government Force or Liberty of Opportunity?

Egalitarianism: Is it Equality of Opportunity or Government Forcing Everyone to be the Same?

Month-Defining Moment

Defining Moment: What is Egalitarianism?

keyIf we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion. ~Friedrich August von Hayek

Even the striving for equality by means of a directed economy can result only in an officially enforced inequality – an authoritarian determination of the status of each individual in the new hierarchical order. ~Friedrich August von Hayek

We must face the fact that the preservation of individual freedom is incompatible with a full satisfaction of our views of distributive justice. ~Friedrich August von Hayek

Rousseau’s Error

John Adams was in France when Jean Jacques Rousseau was teaching that all men were designed to be equal in every way. Adams wrote:

 

johnadams2That all men are born to equal rights is true. Every being has a right to his own, as clear, as moral, as sacred, as any other being has …But to teach that all men are born with equal powers and faculties, to equal influence in society, to equal property and advantages through life, is as gross a fraud, as glaring an imposition on the credulity of the people as ever was practiced by monks, by Druids, by Brahmins, …or by the self-styled philosophers of the French Revolution.

 

The answer is that everyone’s individual differences should be accepted, but be treated as equals as human beings. Constitutional writer Clarence Carson describes two ways all persons should have their equality guaranteed:

1) Equality before the law. This means that every man’s case is tried by the same law governing any particular case. Practically, it means that there are no different laws for different classes and orders of men [as there were in ancient times]. The definition of premeditated murder is the same for the millionaire as for the tramp. A corollary of this is that no classes are created or recognized by law.

2) Each man has an equal title to God-given liberties along with every other.

 

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Obama: The Best Crony Capitalist Since Mussolini

“Barack Obama has wrapped himself in egalitarianism all his political career and now that dissatisfaction with his goal of ‘transforming’ America …

Rush Limbaugh

fascismwndRUSH:  Well, that’s what some of them want.  Obama wants to be the dictator; the people on Wall Street want to be the subjects.  Some of these people on Wall Street actually want that.  Some of these protesters, the Occupy Wall Street Now, some of them actually want that.  Some of them actually want to be serfs.  That’s how they look at freedom and equality, and egalitarianism and so forth.  That’s what some of them want.  That’s what they’ve been taught, and it’s superior, it’s fairer, it’s better for everybody.  A lot of them are saying, “Look, go ahead and stay in business, we love what you make, just don’t make a profit.  Why can’t you make iPhones and just break even?  Why do you have to show a profit?”

That’s their mentality.  Why can’t you provide us what we want but why do you have to make a profit in the process?  That’s objectifying us, that’s taking advantage of people, that’s overcharging people, that’s just unfair, why don’t you just do what you do — this is a very naive thought, but many people have it, particularly young, idealistic people.  Why don’t you make that car and sell it to us for no more than what it cost you and then everybody would be happy. You’ll make the cars, we’ll buy the cars, we’ll be able to buy the cars at a much cheaper price and then everybody will be able to afford one.  But the minute people start putting profit into it, that’s where we have problems because that’s exploitation and unfairness.  That’s what they’re taught.  Some people are just oriented toward being slaves, natural born subservient people, and they will give away their freedom as fast as they can, at the same time trying to get you to do the same thing.

 

Did Christianity give us gay marriage?

By Alex McFarland

As long as God keeps making human beings and the Holy Spirit works among them in this world, that which is false cannot ultimately prevail.

 

bible1An editorial by religion writer Damon Linker asserts that the current push for gay marriage is really an inevitable outgrowth of … Christianity. He attempts to support this unlikely conclusion in several ways, invoking the Bible (as he understands it) and American history.

Linker insinuates that evangelicals – the prime supporters of “traditional” marriage in the U.S. at least – should not be surprised that homosexuals want to marry and are being successful in their demands to do so. After all, he reasons, Christianity (and America) are about equality.

But I find at least four things wrong with such a line of thought. These are:

1. Mischaracterization of the Bible’s concept of equality. Egalitarianism (which Linker attributes to Scripture) says that there are no inherent differences between men and women. By this definition, all social constructs related to the sexes (such as marriage and gender roles) should not be defended as unique in any way. In an egalitarian world, no social order should be preferred above another.

But this is not what the Bible teaches. The truly Christian position on men and women, gender roles, human sexuality and marriage is one of complementariansim. Men and women are complementary. Definitely equals in the sense of being made in God’s image, having equal worth, value, dignity and purpose. However, men and women are clearly unique in functions, in strengths, in abilities and in areas of interest.

2. Linker interprets advances of the gay agenda in a positive light, and supports this by referencing Alexis de Tocqueville. But to do this, he misrepresents Tocqueville’s writings that deal with American equality.

Tocqueville spoke of Christianity’s influence in America with a clarity that is hard to miss. Tocqueville does write about “the march of equality,” but this march is able to take place because of the Judeo-Christian backdrop before which America stands. A slight (and often fluctuating) equalization between the rich and poor is not the same as a deconstruction of that most fundamental human institution, the home.

America has changed the social order of millions in an economic sense, but it does not follow that a new order must (or should) come in a moral sense. Linker certainly stretches things in trying to sanction the modern gay agenda by invoking Democracy In America (Vols. I and II, 1835 and 1840, respectively).

Sermon_on_the_Mount0063. Like many today Linker invokes what I call “a Bible without boundaries.” He defends radical egalitarianism by referencing Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. Christ’s words as found in Matthew 5-7 are a favorite text of defenders of homosexuality, relativism, religious pluralism, leftism and many other “isms.” Those who see Jesus as the ultimate egalitarian will often support their position by reminding people of the unlimited love and grace of God.

Yes, God is love (I John 4:8). And His grace has been offered to all men (Titus 3:5). God’s love prompted Him to come to earth, die, rise and make it possible for humans to be saved from their sins (John 3:16). And speaking of sin, Scripture teaches that our guilt before God is a gravely serious matter. The Bible even lists a whole bunch of sins that, if not repented of, will keep a person out of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

4. Linker’s article opens by calling widespread embrace of gay marriage “all but assured.” For about four decades now, the gay agenda has been marketed to the American people. Pro-gay messaging has been subtly introduced through entertainment, postured in scholarly terms for the classroom, and railroaded in through politics.

Fortuitous timing for the gay movement, it arose after much of the religious establishment of the West had spent a century being infected with liberal thought and Darwinian social theory. By the dawn of the 1970s, lobbyists for homosexuality were not strongly opposed by clergy whose job it was to stand for the Bible.

But let me encourage all who believe that God’s design for marriage and morality is still true and relevant. That which is morally right and factually true has a way of prevailing – even to the point of trumping propaganda campaigns that are well organized, well funded and nearly unrelenting. History has shown us this.

As long as God keeps making human beings and the Holy Spirit works among them in this world, that which is false cannot ultimately prevail.

- See more at: http://www.afajournal.org/archives/2010-present/2014/may/commentaries/did-christianity-give-us-gay-marriage.aspx#sthash.RJtqNUfA.dpuf

Obamas Throw a Monster’s Ball Dinner Party

Obama’s monsters ball:

How the White House opened its doors to some of Africa’s most evil dictators and homophobes and turned blind eye to their human rights record

keyTherefore we should [dedicate ourselves] in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness. ~Doctrine and Covenants 123:13

RUSH Limbaugh: That Monster’s Ball dinner party for all of these African leaders.  Nine dictators, murderers and thugs among the guests. 

ObamaMonstersBallObama’s monsters ball: How the White House opened its doors to some of Africa’s most evil dictators and homophobes and turned blind eye to their human rights record

  • Leaders were invited to the White House for the first ever US Africa summit

  • Included were dictators and despots with shocking human rights records

  • Obama’s speech barely acknowledged the oppression rife across Africa

By Corey Charlton and Ted Thornhill

UK Daily Mail
President Barack Obama drew a diplomatic line at the first ever U.S-Africa summit at the White House this week by not inviting Zimbabwe’s brutal dictator Robert Mugabe.

But the guest list still included several other African leaders with only slightly better human rights records.

The White House promoted the summit as the largest-ever gathering of African leaders in the United States, with more than 50 countries represented.

The red carpet was rolled out for Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who shot or jailed virtually all his political opponents, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, who threatened to ‘cut off the head’ of any homosexuals in the country and for Cameroon’s Paul Biya, who has the dubious honor of ranking 19th on author David Wallechinsky’s 2006 list of the world’s 20 worst living dictators.

Many of the leaders were later photographed in the White House, posing for individual portraits with Obama and the First Lady.

The President’s opening speech avoided the prickly issues of homophobia and torture and instead sought out similarities between the two continents.

He opened with: ‘I stand before you as the president of the United States, a proud American. I also stand before you as the son of a man from Africa’.

Before going on to say: ‘Our faith traditions remind us of the inherent dignity of every human being and that our work as nations must be rooted in empathy and compassion for each other, as brothers and as sisters.’

Here we run the rule over nine of the most controversial leaders who enjoyed the lavish affair.
Pictured outside the White House waving and grinning with his wife President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea is Africa’s longest serving dictator after seizing power from his uncle and mentor (who used to hang regime critics from the capital’s street lights) in 1979.

Since then he has won the yearly elections with 99% of the vote. Taking the lead from his uncle, he has since had shot or jailed virtually all political opponents and ruled the country with an iron fist. Despite running one of sub-Saharas biggest oil-producing countries and amassing a personal wealth in excess of an estimated $600million, he’s far from generous with his riches.

The average income of his citizens is $2 a day, few live beyond 53 and 20 per cent of children die before they reach five years of age. Last year the country ranked 163 out of 177 on Transparency International. There is no freedom of the press, the country’s one television station is government-run and clean water is scarce. In 2011, the United States’ Department of Justice made moves to seize more than $70 million in assets from President Obiang’s son, Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue.

Justice Department lawyers alleged Nguema, on top of his official government salary of $100,000, used his position to amass more than $100 million through corruption and money laundering, including a $30 million dollar mansion in Malibu, California, a $38.5 million Gulfstream jet and one of the world’s finest Michael Jackson memorabilia collections including  the red and black ‘Thriller jacket’ and Jackson’s crystal-studded ‘Bad Tour’ glove worth more than $2m. He was also the focus of a corruption investigation in France who seized his 101-room Paris mansion, a collection of cars and other luxury assets. He has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Burkina Faso’s Blaise Compaore is another African leader who seized power by bloody coup. The Burkina Faso president’s 1987 uprising left his predecessor Thomas Sankara dead – who himself had taken power four years earlier alongside Compaore. In 2011 he watched as protests gave way to calls for his resignation over claims of police brutality and government corruption. However, his presidential guard eventually squashed a mutiny, then made concessions to appease the remaining protesters – but questions remain over corruption among the ruling elite.
Paul Biya has the dubious honour of ranking nineteenth on author David Wallechinsky’s 2006 list of the world’s 20 worst living dictators. The Cameroon’s grip on his country’s presidency has remained tight since he came to power in 1983 and there have been widespread allegations of fraud and voting consistencies in every election cycle. In fact, Mr Wallechinsky claims in the Huffington Post Biya is credited with the innovative election fraud tactic of paying for a set of international observers to certify his elections as legitimate.
Human rights groups claim Angolan president Jose Eduardo do Santos has murdered many and exploited the country’s resources to his own gain. After Mariah Carey was paid $1million for performing for him last year, Human .Rights Foundation president Thor Halvorssen said: ‘It is the sad spectacle of an international artist purchased by a ruthless police state to entertain and whitewash the father-daughter kleptocracy that has amassed billions in ill-gotten wealth while the majority of Angola lives on less than $2 a day’
Gambian president Yahya Jammeh took power in a military coup in 1994. Although the coup itself was bloodless, in the 20 years since he has been accused of countless breaches of human rights. In 2008, he threatened to ‘cut off the head’ of any homosexuals in the country. The following year, it was reported up to 1,000 Gambians had been abducted by the government on charges of witchcraft – they were taken to prisons and forced to drink poison.
When he came to power in 2000, Rwanda’s president Paul Kagawe inherited a nation still raw from the brutal genocide of 1994 which claimed up to one million lives. But during his heavy-handed time in power, the country’s ranks for press freedom have plummeted and a suspicious number of public and political opponents have been harassed or have died in increasingly suspicious circumstances
Goodluck Jonathan, president of Nigeria, signed harsh anti-gay laws this year. They criminalise gay relationships, being involved in gay societies and organizations and gay marriages. Violation of this law can result in up to 14 years in prison, with dozens of homosexuals already jailed. Jonathan also sparked major controversy over his decision in 2012 to end fuel subsidies. He is also accused of pardoning corrupt politicians.
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta is embroiled in major controversy over electoral violence. He has pleaded innocent to murder and other charges for an alleged role in organizing violence that left more than 1,000 people dead after Kenya’s 2007 elections. The case is before an international criminal court, and Obama pointedly skipped visiting Kenya when he toured Africa with his family last summer.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2718143/Obamas-monsters-ball-How-White-House-opened-doors-Africas-evil-dictators-homophobes-turned-blind-eye-human-rights-record.html#ixzz3A83Wzr54

Stress Management, Classical Music, and Enesco

Dinner Topics for Friday

Romanian Rhapsody

Stress Management, Classical Music, and Enesco

Enescu24George Enescu known in France as Georges Enesco; 19 August 1881, Liveni – 4 May 1955, Paris) was a Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, conductor and teacher.

Enescu was born in the village of Liveni (later renamed “George Enescu” in his honor), Dorohoi County at the time, today Botoşani County. He showed musical talent from early in his childhood. A child prodigy, Enescu created his first musical composition at the age of five.[1] Shortly thereafter, his father presented him to the professor and composer Eduard Caudella. At the age of seven, he entered the Vienna Conservatory, where he studied with Joseph Hellmesberger, Jr., Robert Fuchs, and Sigismund Bachrich. He graduated before his 13th birthday, earning the silver medal. In his Viennese concerts young Enescu played works by Brahms, Sarasate and Mendelssohn. In 1895 he went to Paris to continue his studies. He studied violin with Martin Pierre Marsick, harmony with André Gedalge, and composition with Jules Massenet and Gabriel Fauré.

Many of Enescu’s works were influenced by Romanian folk music, his most popular compositions being the two Romanian Rhapsodies (1901-2), the opera Œdipe (1936), and the suites for orchestra.[citation needed] He also wrote five symphonies (two of them unfinished), a symphonic poem Vox maris, and much chamber music (three sonatas for violin and piano, two for cello and piano, a piano trio, two string quartets and two piano quartets, a wind decet (French, “dixtuor”), an octet for strings, a piano quintet, and a chamber symphony for twelve solo instruments). A young Ravi Shankar recalled in the 1960s how Enescu, who had developed a deep interest in Oriental music, rehearsed with Shankar’s brother Uday Shankar and his musicians. Around the same time, Enescu took the young Yehudi Menuhin to the Colonial Exhibition in Paris, where he introduced him to the Gamelan Orchestra from Indonesia.[

More about Enescu

 

US Constitution Series 10: God and People vs. Government Control

US Constitution Series 10: The God-given Right to Government is Vested in the Sovereign Authority of the Whole People

keyThere was no place for the idea of a divine right of kings in the thinking of the American Founders. They subscribed to the concept that rulers are servants of the people and all sovereign authority to appoint or remove a ruler rests with the people.

The Founders’ Basic Principles: 28 Great Ideas that changed the world

The practical application of this book review of Skousen’s educated wisdom is to leverage “We, The People’s” knowledge to easily expose ignorance, anarchy and tyranny, and hold the government accountable.

From The 5,000 Year Leap—A Miracle that Changed the World

By W. Cleon Skousen

The God-given Right to Govern is Vested in the Sovereign Authority of the Whole People

There was no place for the idea of a divine right of kings in the thinking of the American Founders. They subscribed to the concept that rulers are servants of the people and all sovereign authority to appoint or remove a ruler rests with the people.

 

King Charles II beheaded Algernon Sidney in 1683 for saying that there is no divine right of kings to rule over the people. That same year, John Locke fled from England to Holland, where he could say the same thing Sidney did, but from a safer distance. (Skousen, 141,142)

View of the American Founders

signers3There was no place for the idea of a divine right of kings in the thinking of the American Founders. They subscribed to the concept that rulers are servants of the people and all sovereign authority to appoint or remove a ruler rests with the people. They pointed out how this had been so with the Anglo-Saxons from the beginning.

Dr. Lovell describes how the tribal council, consisting of the entire body of freemen, would meet each month to discuss their problems and seek a solution through consensus. The chief or king (taken from the Anglo-Saxon world cyning—chief of the kinsmen) was only one among equals:

The chief owed his office to the tribal assembly, which selected and could also depose him. His authority was limited at every turn, and though he no doubt commanded respect, his opinion carried no more weight in the debates of the assembly than that of any freeman. (Lovell, English Constitutional and Legal History, 5)

Alexander Hamilton

It is a maxim that in every government, there must exist, somewhere, a supreme, sovereign, absolute, and uncontrollable power; but this power resides always in the BODY OF THE PEOPLE; and it never was, or can be, delegated to one man, or a few; the great Creator has never given to men a right to vest others with authority over them, unlimited either in duration or degree. (Albert Long, Your American Yardstick, 167)

madisontyrannydefineJames Madison

The ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, wherever the derivative may be found, RESIDES IN THE PEOPLE ALONE. (Federalist Papers, No. 46, p. 294, emphasis added)

 

But even if it is acknowledged that the PEOPLE are divinely endowed with the sovereign power to govern, what happens if elected or appointed officials usurp the authority of the people to impose a dictatorship or some form of abusive government on them? (Skousen, 144-145)

 

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