U.S. involvement in the ongoing Syrian civil war is likely, judging by the near-constant war-drum rhetoric from U.S. political elite.
In Islamic law, fatwa is a legal opinion or decree handed down by an Islamic religious leader known as mufti. While the dictates issued in a particular fatwa are not necessarily binding, extremists have been known to act on the orders, often with devastating results. Some, like combining sex jihad and Muhammad’s lice, are a little more self-defeating.
On Sunday, CBS moderator Bob Schieffer invited former NSA head retired Gen. Michael Hayden to appear on “Face the Nation” to discuss privacy and government spying. Schieffer’s choice should be both revealing and infuriating to any American who rejects the notion that government has the right to violate citizen privacy.
In Cullman, Ala., Billy Coleman, the elected superintendent of the county’s school system, recently posted announcements to a system-controlled Facebook account and calendar announcing a voluntary back-to-school prayer event. An atheist group in Wisconsin took issue. Thus, a quarrel ensued.
Those Americans who toil to achieve the picket-fence American dream vote and get politicians in office, yet they matter very little to most politicians once the ballots have been counted. The lowly middle-class voters, along with their needs and dreams, are then discarded in favor of more lucrative constituents.
Kudos to Sarah Palin. In a recent column, she talks about how, since the beginning of the Tea Party movement in 2006, Constitutional conservatives have successfully been marginalized in the press, despite the fact that the Administration of President Barack Obama evidently has considered the true conservative movement a great threat.
The Associated Press wiretapping scandal and resultant revelations of Federal spying on American journalists has revealed the true contempt and fear that the Administration of Barack Obama — an Administration that has prosecuted twice as many Americans under the 1917 Espionage Act than all other Administrations combined — has for a well-informed populace.
Whatever your party ideology is, whatever the ideals — left or right — you profess as critical to the understanding of how America’s ongoing experiment in free Constitutional Republicanism will continually emerge successful, you have to hew to what you believe.
Every so often, a Presidential Administration is plagued by a report that reveals unconscionable crookedness, depravity or incompetence. And those reports, given the nature of the country’s political system, usually come as no surprise to the American everyman.
It requires a condescending disdain to complete a circle of logic that presumes a lemming-like, groupthink mentality as a defining characteristic of all the members of an amorphous and diverse ethnic population. But that’s exactly what President Barack Obama is hoping to do by assuming that Texas Hispanics are ready for the yoke of entitlement.