European Historians Say Islam is Conquering Europe

The Battle of Tours in 732 was the high-water point of the Muslim tide in Western Europe. If Christians had not won, "perhaps," wrote Edward Gibbon, "the interpretation of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Mahomet". Does that sound familiar these days?

Continue reading the article here: Islam, Not Christianity, is Saturating Europe

My Thoughts on America's National Greatness

The United States of America is the Greatest Country in Recorded History, with a capital G. Supreme greatness demands qualitative and quantitative excellency. Neither Russia's vast landmass nor China's massive population confers true greatness upon either nation. Nor is Qatar considered to be a Great country simply because it has the world's greatest GDP per capita. America is surely the greatest military power, the greatest economic powerhouse, the greatest Civilization on the planet, for now. Will it always be so? Is our Greatness even now on the decline?
Whatever you think of the slogan, the Message to "make America Great again" resonates with tens of millions of Americans. From my vantage point, this is primarily a reaction to the decline of certain intangible aspects of American power, things like American eminence, American culture, American willpower, as well as America's shared sense of national purpose, pride, and patriotism. For history shows that national Greatness consists not so much in territory or in wealth, but rather in what may be called the Spirit of a nation - that animating force within a country which gives it life, energy, and power. Above all, it is the American Spirit which has been degraded and diminished. Making America Great again is therefore an act of spiritual restoration.
The American Spirit has good reason to feel worn and wounded. Our most precious national treasure, the American citizen, is being shot to death by gangs in Chicago; is being poisoned to death by the opioid drug catastrophe in Long Island; is being assaulted by Narco-Smugglers in the Sierra Vista; is being sacrificed in the wastelands of Iraq and Afghanistan. Less than one-half of one percent of Americans bear the brunt of our wars and our "foreign entanglements." The hard, grim, indisputable facts: 30,000 American casualties and $2 Trillion later, and we've gained nothing in the "war on terror," and lost everything. Our Institutions are corroding and our Infrastructure is decaying. Americans are divided: between Main Street and Wall Street, Democrat and Republican, City and Town, Elite and Deplorable, Liberal and Conservative, Nationalist and Globalist, Black and White, Religious and Atheist, and so on and so forth. We are a debtor nation, $20 Trillion in the hole - and what have we got to show for our astounding level of indebtedness? Civil society, as embodied in religious association and communal fraternization, is in free fall. For millions upon millions of Americans, the American Dream is not so much a goal, as it is a Candyland fantasy.
Donald Trump says: "America doesn't win anymore." Worse still, it seems to me these days that America doesn't even try anymore. Once upon a time, we were The Indispensable Nation, The Arsenal of Democracy, the Leader of the Free World. Have we lost our national ambition, that American Exceptionalism which made us truly Great? A lesson from history: "Rome's decline and fall was not an event, but a process spread over 300 years. A Great Civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. The essential causes of Rome's decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars." - Will Durant, 1944.
Sound familiar? Reversing these negative trends will take time; will require effort; will demand national sacrifice. But it will require more than anything American unity and a genuine willingness to understand and support one another as fellow Americans. We cannot simply write off the other half of the country as deplorable or socialist. Reminiscing on a much darker moment in the history of the American Republic, General George Washington noted that, "Perseverance and Spirit have done wonders in all Ages." Whoever we elect to be our President, the great task remaining before us is clear: to revitalize and renew America's Spiritual force, as expressed in our customs, our manners, our institutions, our ceremonies, our laws, our oaths, our contracts, our associations, our freedoms, our foreign policy, our shared history, and our national culture. In that sense, I fondly hope that we can, and will make America Great again, with a capital G.

The Spirit of Man has Awakened

"The Spirit of man has awakened.....Grant us the wisdom and the vision to comprehend the greatness of man's Spirit that suffers and endures so hugely for a goal beyond his own brief span.............We are all of us children of Earth. Grant us that simple KNOWLEDGE.....And in that faith, let us march!  March toward the clean world, that our hands can make - Amen!"  -Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 14,1942

Making the Torah and Bible Interesting Again

Without a doubt, the greatest rendition of the Bible in the history of mankind. Purists will have some problems with the translation, but the performance of the actors, the music, the incredible narration in all forms towers above all flaws. This is a lifetime companion.  Click the link above to hear the sample from Audible books. Happy Easter to all!

Geert Wilders Parliamentary Discussion

Some will say, that Geert Wilders is the most important European political leader alive today. He is a defender of the Netherlands and his fellow Citizens. A defender of Freedom & Judeo-Christian / Western Civilization. Currently he is the chief of the largest political party in the Dutch Parliament. Have Americans heard of him? Do they know of his struggle, and what it represents for Europe?

Some thoughts from the video on Democracy and Transparency ----- The verbal machetes hurled at Mr. Wilders do not faze him. He has long ago willed such reactionary tendencies from his body. With wit and conviction he counters the challenges. On point and on message. This direct back and forth parliamentary exchange is one of democracy's finest manifestations. See also the regular Prime Minister's Questions in the UK, where we can witness another masterpiece of the democratic art form. This healthy practice is sadly missing in our own American form of republicanism. Our Chief Executive and Department leaders are rarely exposed to such fierce verbal exchanges. Yet such disagreements are essential to any government which truly seeks to expresses the people, and is of the people, by the people, and for the people. American leaders are comparatively insular. Imagine if you will Mr. Obama or Mr. Bush being subjected to cross-examination before Congress on a regular basis. Could such accountability perhaps helped our country avoid major blunders?  Imagine that Mr. Bush had been required on a weekly basis to face the Congress. Were each Member of Congress allowed to challenge Mr. Bush, could some of the flaws in his anti-terror strategy been exposed? Would this have made war more or less likely? We must vigorously hold our leaders to account. Many major challenges in our society could have been brought to light and tackled much earlier, before they metastasized. Imagine if the head of the Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, or the Justice Department, had to sharpen themselves against the challenge of an opposing committee of his teammates and fellow citizens of the Republic. What harm can there be in this? Aristotle himself believed a key ingredient of the ideal Leader was utter transparency in thought and action. Related to this is my cautious admiration for Mr. Trump. Consistently open and in the spotlight, he takes on all challenges directly and very rarely hides or obfuscates. Mr. Trump's life is freedom in action - free expression, free enterprise, free thought, free speech. He lives freedom, Others preach it. Merely to be in the arena, is to have lived a life worthy living.

On Geert Wilders: Mr. Wilders is heir to the ideas and the fate of the assassinated Dutch civil servant, sociologist, author, professor, and finally politician, Pim Fortyn. Gay, and flamboyantly so, Mr. Fortyn was a critic of all forms of political correctness, but most especially of militant Islam and it's horrible treatment of gays and lesbians. His murder was Holland's first political assassination in 400 years. For much of the last decade, and continuing into the present, Mr. Wilders must keep armed guards at all times, must sleep in a undisclosed locations, and must be forever on high alert. The forces of evil Islamism are so strong that they are able to influence Dutch security in the very heart of Europe. Despite all this, it is Mr. Wilders who is branded the racist, because he defends the traditional mores, culture, and bloodline of his Nation. Such is the twisted degeneracy of modern European political culture.

On Voice of America: Lastly, I thought you ought be aware of the current journalistic standards over at the good 'ol Voice of America, the official external broadcast institution for your United States Your tax dollars are here at work smearing and shaming Mr. Wilders, a man who is effectively the most popular elected leader in the Netherlands. The depth and scope of misleading information are today so astounding and are unlike anything we have ever seen in the long, dark, and lamentable catalog of human propaganda. In our era of corrupt and crooked governance, would you expect anything less from a decadent Establishment?

Psalm 120

Psalm 120, written thousands of years ago (supposedly) by King David.  Of note, Meshech and Kedar are the Arab descendants of Ishmael, the forerunners to Islam. Interestingly, the great Jewish scholar Maimonides referenced this passage in his assessment of the Islamic power structures to which he was subject.  A parallel today would be the negotiations between the United States of America and Iran - Kerry talks peace, Khomeini talks war:

"I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. 
        Save me, O LORD, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.
What will he do to you, and what more besides, O deceitful tongue? 
        He will punish you with a warrior's sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom tree.
Woe to me that I dwell in Meshech, that I live among the tents of Kedar! 
        Too long have I lived among those who hate peace.
I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war."

The stewards of our diplomatic and military relations could learn a great deal from the immortal pen of a philosopher-king who dwelt in the misty dawn of recorded history.

The Context of Islamism

This post is adapted from an essay I wrote in early 2011:

Islamism must be considered as one of the most successful political ideologies of the modern era, on par with Communism and representative Democracy. From a handful of secret societies and tribal confederations, the ideologues of totalitarian Islam have swept their competitors off the battlefield of Middle Eastern politics. How did this movement rise from such humble roots to inspire millions with an active spiritual strength as powerful as any military arsenal?

Islamism is a modern political movement that advocates the submission of the entire world to the ancient doctrines of Orthodox Sunni or Shiite Islam. According to this system, all aspects of an individual’s personal and civil lives must be regulated by the Islamic legal code of Shariah, a canon inspired by the word of God and animated by the example of Muhammad, who Muslims believe to be the last and greatest of the prophets of God. Seeking, as all great political ideologies do, to provide order in a turbulent world, Islamism championed the power of totalitarian spiritual servitude, where before it democracy had exalted the indispensible virtues of liberty and equality.

If we suppose that, “the Muslim community [is], in a sense Allah’s army, with the conquest of the world as its object,” then we can consider the Islamists as the self-appointed Generals in command of this holy army. If we further the analogy, then by the outset of the 19th century the army of the faithful had been uniformly defeated, thought not conquered, by the very Christian powers of Europe that they had more than once nearly conquered themselves. There naturally arose in the midst of this epic communal failure a desire to identify the causes of decay in order that they might be reversed. What went wrong, and, crucially, how could these shameful circumstances be corrected? How would the community of the faithful react to its encounter with the modern world? 100 years ago, the world’s leading European expert on Islam wrote that in the answer to this question, “the whole civilized world and the whole world of Islam are concerned.”

To this day, Muslim intellectuals have offered and been offered every conceivable antidote to address the decline of their once powerful civilization: theocracy in Iran and Saudi Arabia, monarchy in Jordan and the Gulf, Socialism in Egypt and Syria, mandated secularism in Turkey, nominal democracy in Indonesia and Iraq, dictatorship, tribalism, and autocratic depredations everywhere. The cultural and spiritual traditions of Islam non-withstanding, Islamism is a successful ideology precisely because of the abject failure of all the other political constructs throughout the lands peopled by Muslims. Indeed, by picking and choosing the most opportunistic aspects of the ideologies that preceded it, Islamists have constructed a hybrid system that has attracted a global network of loyalists. For instance, the Muslim Brotherhood has many successful businesses that operate in the free-market, yet the essence of their ideology is Islam, and their organization is structured in a manner similar to the Communists.

Of course, the Islamists have had a little help, and while their militant spiritual force has gradually worn away at the material supremacy of the West, it has been the largesse of Saudi and Iranian oil dollars that has allowed Islamists to rise so quickly to the heights of Middle Eastern politics. The dark, oily wealth of the Wahabbis and Ayatollahs has been used to fund tens of thousands of radical mosques and schools (madrassas) throughout the globe, where daily the multitudes of Islamic youth are raised in the supremacist glories of the Ancient Golden Age of Islamic yore. Crucially, it is within this loosely-connected global network of Islamic schools, Muslim NGOs, mosques, and Islamic community centers, where generations of children have been taught, enlightened national leaders have been deceived, millions of Muslim faithful have been proselytized, and entire Muslim communities have been segregated from, and antagonized against, the modern liberal ways of Western culture and society.

The failure of all modern political constructs, the general instability sweeping the globe, and the massive transfer of oil wealth to the enemies of liberal civilization have all abetted the rise of Islamist power. Yet the heart of the movement lies in its militant spiritual strength, which is so essential a component of orthodox Islam. Islamists legitimize their totalitarian doctrines as a continuation of the glorious legacy of an ancient, respected, and powerful religion. The hard facts are that the Sunni and Shiite orthodox traditions, which are followed by the vast majority of practicing Muslims, agree on the following: that infidels ought to be aggressively converted, apostates must be murdered as traitors, that the Koran and its Prophet must not be critiqued, that Christians and Jews are to be reviled, and that women are subjected to men. The Muhammadan faith since its inception has been at odds with Judeo-Christian civilization. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that a movement of the radical right-wing of Sunni and Shiite Orthodox traditions should necessarily stand opposed to those bedrocks of Western civilization: reason, science, capitalism and freedom.

The hypocrisy of the Islamists is on a scale with their political cunning. The bearded fanatics who are loudest with their invective against modern society are the first to utilize modern technology to drag the world into the supposed glorious barbarism of 7th century Arabia. A megaphone carries the call to prayer to more ears; the printing press brings the dictates of the Koran to more eyes; cell phones allow commanders to give orders directly to the jihadists on the front lines; the internet expands the reach, and magnifies the power of insurgent groups like Al-Qaeda; and the education of Muslims in the western sciences has led to their ability to develop deadlier weapons. The irony of the Salafist successes is that though they may despise the climate of freedom in which these inventions were created, they are quick to abuse the scientific genius of infidels towards the advancement of their own backwards, totalitarian dogma. Much as Adolf Hitler used the pretense of democracy to come to power, so he disregarded the will of the people as soon as he had achieved his position of authority.

The Islamists are thus able to draw from the greatest strengths of two diametrically opposed civilizations. It is precisely this hypocritical genius that has allowed the modern Islamist movement to conquer the peasant minds of the Arab street, both in the Middle East and in the important Muslim Diasporas in India, Europe, and the Americas. Radical Islamism is certainly one of the primary factors driving the revolutionary sentiment presently sweeping the Muslim World. In the few places where they have achieved tangible political power, their ascension has led to the abuses one might expect from a totalitarian ideology. The world has not heard the last of Islamism. Civilized nations of all stripes would do well to prepare for the day when the governments of many States are in their hands, and where the Mubaraks and Ghaddafis are replaced by the Qaradawis and Gannouchis.

An Ode to Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill, Britain’s Prime Minister during her most perilous hour, was the leading statesman of the 20th century, a Ciceronian orator, a Nobel Prize-winning historian, and a champion of Western Civilization in the magnitude of Charles Martel and John Sobieski. In a mad age of appeasement and cowardice, his was the lone voice of resistance and courage. Blessed with an imaginative mind, he foretold of the existential danger to humanity posed not only by Nazism, but of communism, socialism, and Islamism as well. Like the Athenian general Themistocles before him, he correctly identified Naval supremacy as the lifeblood of national empire. Witness as First Lord of the Admiralty, Churchill already winning Parliamentary funding in 1911 for the four modern dreadnaught ships which proved decisive in Britain’s naval victory over Germany in World War I.

Thirty years later, as Europe “lay prostrate and writhing under the Nazi yoke,” it was Churchill the lion, almost alone, defiant in the face of the bloodthirsty Nazi tyranny. By his actions he instilled courage in the breasts of his countrymen, and by his words he  inspired them with hope for a brighter future. Churchill was not by nature a war monger. Rather, he was a Righteous Gentile, a painter, writer, and a lover of animals. His martial instinct was firmly rooted in his just appreciation for perilous beauty of Civilization, And it is a measure of his Greatness that he resolved it worthier to die fighting for such a worthy cause then to live to witness it destroyed and subjected.

An example for all generations, the world at present requires Churchillian leadership to navigate it through another dark and stormy hour in the history of mankind.

Flashback - 2006 College Essay - President Bush and Christianity in the Middle East

The following Essay was written in 2006 when I was an International Relations student at Boston University. One could write the exact same thing about President Obama today:

As a general rule, the Bush Administration has gone to great lengths to assuage the fears of Muslims worldwide, that his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are not part of a religious crusade against Islam. On numerous occasions, he has made public declarations in favor of the peaceable nature of Islam. He has directed American aid to Muslim countries including Pakistan, Egypt, and Jordan, besides the trillions in reconstruction dollars spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. The President has even championed the cause of new Muslim countries in Palestine and Kosovo. It is thus a disgrace that a born-again Christian President does not use the power at his disposal to champion the cause of the millions of Christians living under siege throughout the world.

Don’t get me wrong. I sympathize with the Muslim masses. Trapped between Islamic theology and autocratic despotism, these liberty-starved people need and deserve help from the powerful United States of America, the land of the free, and the arsenal of democracy. But the Christians in the Muslim world have the added misfortune of being minorities. The President’s refusal to use his bully pulpit to speak against the vast persecution of Christians in Muslim lands is cowardly and betrays the hypocrisy at the heart of so many of the President’s foreign policy undertakings.

In his seminal essay, A Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington wrote of the “bloody borders” of Islam. Yet what of the internal nature of Muslim societies? In every country where Islam is a national force, Christians (and other non-Muslims) suffer.

In Egypt, Coptic Christian plans to expand a Church are met by riotous, hatchet-wielding, house-burning Muslim mobs. In the Pakistani Punjab, Christians have been warned to immediately stop their prayers to the “supposed son of God”, even while they are in their own sanctuaries. In Gaza, a Hamas leader has decreed that the meager community of 2,500 Christians can only live safely if they obey the rigid strictures of Islamic Shariah law, which mandates an inferior status for all non-Muslims infidels. In Nigeria, the northern population of Muslims is battling the Southern, Christian half for control of the country. And while the ethnic cleansing of Christian (and Muslim) blacks in the south of Sudan began in the’80s, the jihadist slaughter has attained genocidal intensity under President Bush’s Administration.

Lastly, and most disgracefully, is the annihilation of ancient Mesopotamian Christianity currently under way in Iraq, under the nose of the allegedly crusading, imperial, Christian West. Iraqi Christians are being murdered, ransomed, robbed and tortured by Muslim clans. Hundreds of thousands have already fled for greener pastures in Jordan, Turkey, and Syria. Swarms of refugees in Jordan know that if they remain in their “liberated” homeland, their religious culture will be swamped by the tidal wave of Islam in Iraq.

If Islam is a religion of peace, then why has its resurgence in Iraq led to the devastation of Iraqi Christianity? Is it merely a coincidence? Facts are inconvenient things and they lead one to think otherwise. It can be argued that Islam is a militant and totalitarian religious belief system, recently rejuvenated by injections of massive oil wealth after centuries of stagnation. The idea of Islamic power having once been once reawakened, it has now begun to assert itself, and has shaken the very foundations of the international order. So long as the Koran is taught as the literal word of God to hundreds of millions of Muslim children throughout the world, Christians and Jews and Allawites and other minorities living under the sway of Islam will necessarily suffer. Such a devout follower of the teachings of Christ as President Bush, having attained the pinnacle of power, should use his bully pulpit to shine light on the gross injustices being committed against Christianity in the name of a supremacist religious belief system. His leadership can give hope to millions at a dark and precarious moment in the ancient history of Middle Eastern Christianity.

Learning Lessons from 9/11 and Iraq - Senator Marco Rubio

On Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) addressed what he said he sensed was his constituents concerns about the escalating violence in Iraq. He said that many do not understand why it was America’s responsibility to address the situation in Iraq. In his speech on the Senate floor, he set out to address his constituents’ concerns, to explain why the problem in Iraq was and will be America’s problem, and why President Barack Obama must “lead” on this issue.

“Imagine for a moment if we could go back in time to the year 1997, or 1996, or 1998, 1999, and had known about al-Qaeda then what we knew by September of 2001,” Rubio began. “We would have realized that this was a dangerous group that had the capacity and the deep willingness to attack Americans in order to terrorize us so that we would leave the Middle East and turn it over to people like them.”

“If we had done something about it, it is fair to say that eventually there would have been some terrorist attack, but maybe there wouldn’t have been one on September 11, 2001,” he continued.

“While this is not the time to point fingers or throw blame around, I certainly think it’s the time to learn the lessons of that history and apply them to the challenges of our time,” Rubio asserted.

“So, while I understand that he doesn’t want us engaged in another conflict, and neither do most Americans, he knows – he must know – that we are going to have to do something about this,” Rubio insisted. “The issue before us is whether we do something about it now, or we do something about this later when the problem will be much harder and much costlier to address.”

Quotations on Islam from Notable Non-Muslims

The invaluable website, WikiIslam, has compiled a list of quotations about Islam from famous non-Muslims. Their list features 86 individuals, each with a short biography, and some choice quotes from their writings or speeches as they referenced the Religion of Muhammad. I personally appreciated them and was not offended by their accuracy and truthfulness.

For instance, here is what the French political thinker and historian, Alexis de Toqueville wrote:
I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. As far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.
And here is what legendary author Mark Twain had to say:
That is a simple rule, and easy to remember. When I, a thoughtful and unblessed Presbyterian, examine the Koran, I know that beyond any question every Mohammedan is insane; not in all things, but in religious matters
Lastly, here is Maimonides, Jewish Rabbinic and Literary Master:
Let Ye understand, my brothers, the Holy One Blessed HE through the trap created by our iniquities cast us amongst this nation, the people of Ishmael [Muslim Arabs] whose oppressiveness is firmly upon us and they connive to do us wrong and despicably downgrade us as the Almighty decreed against us “Your enemies shall judge you."

There never came against Israel a more antagonistic nation. They oppress us with the most oppressive measures to lessen our number, reduce us, and make us as despicable as they themselves are.

The Jews' Oldest Enemies

Here is a long article, published at Azure Online by Assaf Sagiv. It analyzes the ancient and continuous schismatic character of the Jewish nation:
It would be fair to say that every human group suffers from a schismogenetic malaise of one sort or another. Countless nations have experienced violent domestic spats that in some cases deteriorated into bloody revolutions and civil wars. Even so, it would seem that the Jews are a special case, displaying throughout their history an exceptional tendency toward factionalism. “The Jewish people has been a divided house from the very beginning,” wrote Arthur Hertzberg and Aron Hirt-Manheimer. “When Jews, on occasion, did have the semblance of a united structure, it was short lived.”19 Indeed, any time the Jews managed to form a large, autonomous commonwealth, they were seized by an almost uncontrollable urge to tear that unity to pieces.

Clearly, the people of Israel suffered from this particular illness since day one: The Hebrew Bible makes no effort to spare its readers stories of fraternal hatred and its murderous outcome. In the wake of the sin of the calf, for example, the members of the tribe of Levi, acting on Moses’ instructions, killed three thousand men who had sinned by worshipping the idol. Jephthah of Gilead massacred forty-two thousand men from the tribe of Ephraim in a single day. The war that the Israelites declared on the tribe of Benjamin following the brutal rape of the concubine in Gibeah cost tens of thousands of lives, almost destroying the Benjamites completely. And the kingdoms of Israel and Judah continued to clash even after their bitter split; Jehoash, the twelfth king of Israel, even advanced on Jerusalem to despoil the palace and Temple treasuries.
The essay is copiously documented. Here he quotes Josephus from Roman times:
O most wretched city, what misery so great as this didst thou suffer from the Romans, when they came to purify thee from thy intestine hatred! For thou couldst be no longer a place fit for God, nor couldst thou long continue in being, after thou hadst been a sepulcher for the bodies of thy own people, and hadst made the holy house itself a burying-place in this civil war of thine. Yet mayst thou again grow better, if perchance thou wilt hereafter appease the anger of that God who is the author of thy destruction.41
And he concludes with this:
The long and sorry history of the Jewish nation is undeniable proof of its extraordinary psychological resilience and its willingness to transcend internal divisions in times of danger. One can certainly take comfort in the knowledge that, when under pressure, the Jews have proven their capacity to act as a unified force to be reckoned with. But a society cannot reach its full potential solely on the basis of its willingness to rise to the occasion. On the contrary, it must develop the tools that will enable it to deal with the more mundane tasks of maintaining a sovereign and democratic state. A culture of public schismogenesis will complicate, if not confound, efforts to do so, and in the long run will erode a society’s ability to survive existential crises. Even at this very moment, as we enjoy the relative security and strength of the state we have established in the land of our fathers, we Jews must review and remember that heartbreaking dirge written by Josephus, witness to the greatest disaster that our nation ever brought upon itself.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Goes to Traitorous Reporters

The Pulitzer Prize committee has just announced they are awarding the esteemed Pulitzer Prize to Edward Snowden's enablers, the Washington Post and The Guardian. Thus one man's act of patriotism in another man's form of treason.

Here is a man who stole everything from the United States Intelligence Community, including the kitchen sink. Here is a man who betrayed his country and betrayed his employer. Here is a man who is currently living in that great paragon of individual freedom, Russia. Here is a single man who has done more harm to America in a couple of months than an entire army of Soviet and Chinese spies could have done in a generation.

At best, he exposed what has become an out of control spying agency snooping on American citizens. This is indeed outrageous. But Investigation and Oversight are the responsibilities of our elected representatives in The Congress. And though much of our leadership may be worthless, perhaps, he could have found common cause with the likes of Rand Paul, Bernard Sanders, Ted Cruz, and other libertarian members of the Senate and Congress. He could have told them that he had incriminating information about the NSA, that they were out of control, and that, if granted immunity, he would provide all the information he had obtained. Even if he did not trust his government (and for that, I do not blame him), he could have threatened those Congressmen with a broader release of classified information if they sought to arrest and silence him. This is similar to what a craftier and more egregious traitor, Julian Assange, did by encrypting a cache of classified secrets - which he has threatened to release if ever harmed. To this day, he continues to release embarrassing documentation of American foreign and domestic incompetence.

Instead, Snowden chose the path of Assange, and so he went to the Press. Thus he has enabled his own downfall. For though he could steal with ease the secrets of the NSA, he could not so easily outwit the power of the Press and the Public Opinion. Snowden thus linked himself, and became dependent on the Media. And as such he became a tool of the Media. And the Media is full of useful idiots quick to make a buck. These Idiots of course are cleverly manipulated by our Enemies, most notably. Russia and China. While thus emboldening the inclinations of our enemies he has simultaneously been undermining the resolve of our allies, most notably Germany and Brazil In the end, Snowden has succeeded most greatly in devastating the American Intelligence Community (i.e. The Jack Bauers who are protecting your ass). The release of the classified information has neither brought about the reformation of the security-intelligence apparatus, nor has it made the world a safer place. Thus one man's act of patriotism in another man's form of treason.

Whether corrupted by money or fame, or whether he had a truer sense of patriotism, we may never know for sure. Snowden is either a great whistle-blower or a traitor, and quite possibly somewhere in between. In the last resort, I can understand a man like Snowden. But it is the Journalists and News Organizations I can neither understand, nor forgive. For they choose willingly to broadcast this highly sensitive and valuable information to all the corners of the globe, including the backwards mud hut villages of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The pages of the Washington Post and the Guardian are like gold to the intelligence communities of Russia, Iran, Al-Qaeda, and China. This is not the first time national security secrets have been leaked. Nor will it be the last. For they feel they are doing a great service to the country by reporting this information. A great Patriotic act. In reality they are Quislings of the highest and vilest order. They have weakened and demoralized the American intelligence community. And the media has broadcast this message of weakness to all the despots and terrorists across the world. And because America is still the last, best hope for mankind, Snowden and the media have caused lasting damage to the future of freedom, progress, and prosperity. Let us hope the 99% of the intelligence community that is passionate about defending our nation still has the will to overcome this internal treachery.

Some Ideas to Improve Welfare

There are some fundamental ideas about which 90% of Americans can agree. Of these, the need to provide for some basic social safety net for the destitute is the closest we may come to a unifying American principle. As a country, we differ over both the provider and the nature of this social security. But almost all of us believe that the hungry should be fed, the homeless should be housed, the sick should be cared for, the young should be educated, and the elderly should be assisted. These ideas are Biblical and universal in nature.

Though less unifying, there is a growing consensus that the current state of welfare distribution is unsustainable and inefficient. Whether those who on welfare are bums, unlucky, unfortunate, or truly deserving of help is not the essential issue, for we must deal with these people one way or another, as dependents or criminals. One thing is clear: our country can no longer afford the entirety of the entitlement state that has been built up in the past three generations. As I mentioned, a basic safety net is essential, and is a wise investment on many levels. But at what point does our virtuous desire to support the needy negatively impact the body politic as a whole? Are we to continue to spend ourselves into bankruptcy as a nation? What if we are unable to upgrade our transportation system or our military capabilities? Don't we all suffer as a nation in this case? Is this the inherent vice of socialism, as Churchill put it, that it leads to equality of misery?

According to the progressive rationale, we might as well spend $5 trillion each year, pay for everyone's college degree, free American-made cars, free food, free health care, free housing, etc. In this philosophical reasoning, since government spending increases productivity, then we might as well spend $10 Trillion each year. Its always another program proffered, in the guise of helping the, poor, the sick, and the elderly. Never can enough money be thrown at the problem. And to those who propose cutting these programs, altering them, or making them more efficient? Well, they are branded as racist, as being against the poor, as wanting dirty air and water. How can this lead to any productive reform or unity?

Here are a few common-sense ideas I support:

1) Strict drug testing of any recipient of any form of federal aid, whether social security, food stamps, Medicare, or Medicaid. In fact, any and all public servants, from the town clerk up to federal Senators, should be tested yearly for banned substances and drugs.

2) All able-bodied welfare recipient (Unemployment, section 8 housing, subsidized health care, food stamps, etc) must perform some form of national or communal service as a form of payment for government assistance.

3) After a certain amount of time (2 years maybe), if there are Americans who are consistently unable to find jobs, if they are able-bodied, and if they are still receiving government housing assistance, then they need to be encouraged to move to rural areas of the country where it is cheaper for the government to subsidize their housing. The country can even offer them free plots of land, teach them farming tactics, thereby guiding them towards self-sufficient. This is preferable to housing projects where generations of families stay on the government dole because they are locked in to ridiculously good rental rates.

4) Clear out our jails of any and all illegal immigrants and deport them back to their countries of origin. Encourage any other illegal immigrants to come out of the shadows by offering them monetary incentives to return to their countries of origin. Strictly police our borders. This will decrease the supply of low-wage workers, and thus increase the demand for low-wage American citizens, and therefore increase the wages of these workers, and decrease the amount of unemployed citizens receiving unemployment insurance.

5) Just as we must limit welfare to private citizens, so we must cut back on corporate welfare. Companies like Google and GE pay very low income taxes. I support simplifying the tax code at all levels. Hypothetically, lets set the tax rate at 10% for all private citizens and 15% for all corporations. There should also be minimum amounts of taxation for the wealthy and for big businesses, so that they cannot skirt their taxes by hiring lawyers and by manipulating their businesses strategy towards tax avoidance. This way, big businesses and wealthy individuals would have to pay taxes, even if they sheltered their profits overseas.

6) Allow a one-time repatriation of all overseas American profits and cash. Tax this money at 10%. This would bring a flood of American capital back into the country, into our banks and into the hands of employers. Some people have estimated $1 Trillion would come in overnight, meaning a $100 billion windfall for Uncle Sam

The Roman Republic collapsed and a dictatorial Empire arose in its place in large part due to the Romans' failure to reform their broken governmental system. We are as yet a young Republic, and have the power to shape our future in a positive fashion.