How do we fight terrorism at home?
Unlike America's past wars, the war on terrorism transcends traditional political boundaries. It is impossible to say that since we are fighting in the Middle East, we are safe at home. We have to reorient our perspectives on longstanding ideas of offense and defense, as we must practice both on a domestic and a global scale. At home, it is essential to secure buildings, borders, and other assets that are likely terrorist targets. At the same time, we must be proactive, seeking out those who would cause us harm and preventing them before they can be successful. This is a complex challenge that demands a complex response. The government alone cannot fulfill the dual demands of homeland security. The American people must assume some responsibility for their own safety and contribute their individual and collective strengths to the government's effort. Working together, we stand a much better chance of keeping our families and communities safe.
Federal, state, and local level action plans . . .
The United States has always been a nation of immigrants. The entrepreneurial courage of someone who would leave the country and culture they had always known to take their chances in a new world has greatly shaped the American experience. Our population has grown immensely since our founding, but we still welcome newcomers to our shores. Our commitment to an equal opportunity and equal treatment for all, with no consideration for ethnic background and place of birth, remains strong.
Of course, there are other people, those who would do us harm, who are not so welcome in the United States. Technological developments exercised alongside our own precious freedoms provide a lone actor with malevolent intent the tools required to cause immense devastation to the American homeland. Our law enforcement capabilities are poised to detect and prevent such an act before it could occur, but our resources are necessarily limited. It is much easier and safer to stop such individuals before they even enter our country. Preventing individuals with threatening backgrounds or a blatant disregard for our laws from entering the United States is an important step in preventing further attacks. Equally important is having an accurate record of who is here, for what reasons, and for how long, to assist in law enforcement investigations. This is not a question of keeping out those who are different or reserving the wealth of the United States only for those who are native citizens. A balance must be struck that respects the role of immigrants in our national culture and gives an opportunity at the American dream to as many people as possible, while preventing the entry or continued residence of those who would do us harm or disrupt our system of government.
NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Enemies of Islam have been warned? Episcopalians can call this "ecumenism," but it sure sounds like jihad to me. Now, at least, we all know it.
Obama implemented an order allowing people from Ebola nations to stay in the United States. It’s amnesty on steroids!
NOVEMBER 22, 2014
The only limit on the president’s power that he recognizes is political expediency.
Several days ago the United Arab Emirates government published a comprehensive list of what they consider the main terrorist organizations
NOVEMBER 20, 2014
On the evening of November 4th, President Obama underwent an intervention—yet it failed to have the desired effect.
In effect, Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” is saying he can’t figure Obama out. He’s pleading ignorance.
By the looks of it, the prospect of a nuclear deal between the United States and Iran by next Monday's deadline doesn't look promising
Obama believes Congress exists to do his bidding, nothing more. And if Congress does not do his bidding, then Obama believes he has the “lawful authority” to do what he wants...
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NOVEMBER 19, 2014
Peace in the Middle East will come when the two parties involved both seek peace — not when one must constantly defend itself against terrorist attacks.
NOVEMBER 18, 2014
Researchers are finding that Washington bureaucrats can get children to “choose” healthy foods, but getting students to eat them is another task altogether.
Many of us wonder which Muslim countries will publicly take a stand against Islamic terrorism?
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It may seem crazy, but unfortunately it’s simply one of a myriad of real-life stories illustrating how government wastes our tax dollars.
Why is sickcare (a.k.a. "healthcare") absurdly unaffordable in America?
...as the euphoria dissipates, let me add a cautionary note--the victory was not a grand as it seems since the Left (and this includes the Democratic Party) still dominates the political culture.
The Daily Caller reports that “All told, Gruber has earned at least $5,893,100 for his work for federal and state governments...”
NOVEMBER 17, 2014
The Ottoman Sheikh ul-Islam (supreme Muslim religious authority) issued fatwas (religious edicts) declaring a jihad against non-Muslim state enemies of the last Muslim “Caliphate.”
The U.S.-Mexican border is wide open to potential terrorists.
NOVEMBER 16, 2014
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... the most egregious of political correctness stances is the one that maintains that Obama cannot be impeached because of the melanin level in his skin.