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.
DECEMBER 4, 2013
No matter how many times the whole thing ends in blood and bankruptcy, the worshipers return to worship the coming of the god again.
A thoroughly enraged reader took exception to my Thanksgiving entry, claiming that the meal portrayed was inaccessible to most Americans.
Thank you to all those that took part in GivingTuesday.
Obamacare was never primarily about getting the best, most affordable health care to Americans.
A spokesperson for the network said that “A panel of politicos helped us put together the top ten scandals of the century.”
DECEMBER 3, 2013
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The FBI, meanwhile, warns of Islamist U.S. citizens attacking the homeland.
Review of Nancy Kobrin's latest Book
by ROBERT PEAR
The White House is offering more money to insurance companies as an incentive for them to let people keep insurance policies that were to have been canceled next year.
DECEMBER 2, 2013
From health care to Iran, it's grown far too serious for Clinton-era entertainment.
Fracking is friendly to protected species and mosquito-devouring bats.
There is an old joke (a John Wayne movie?) that tells of why women put up with violent husbands. “How else can I know he loves me?”
While the Chinese describe this perimeter as “air defense,” in actuality it is “air control.”
DECEMBER 1, 2013
“I don’t think the Russian state was involved in any way” in the JFK murder.
What have FDR, JFK, and Barack Obama in common? The authoritarian hubris to set the purposes of our lives, and in so doing, destroy our freedom.
The character of our country is quickly changing to a nation of demographic tribes which vie to see who can lodge the most grievous complaint with their bureaucratic administrator in the hopes of financial mollification.
NOVEMBER 29, 2013
They are reduced to near total childish dependence on the leaders ...
The Supreme Court agreed to hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. The family-owned company is intrepidly challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare's abortion coverage mandate.
NOVEMBER 28, 2013
For the first time--and never again thanks to the vagaries of the Jewish calendar--the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving.
by RUSH LIMBAUGH
I don't know about you, but when I went to school the public school system had not been corrupted, at least not to the extent that it has been today, and I don't think at all, and even I did not get the full story of Thanksgiving when I was a kid.
NOVEMBER 27, 2013
The origin of Thanksgiving has been blurred by popular myth, and even a hoax document. But the real story of Thanksgiving’s origin needs no myths to make it fascinating.
“My fellow Americans, let us keep this Thanksgiving Day sacred.”
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A truly inspiring essay on the history and current meaning of Thanksgiving in America, reminding us of what is really important about this special day – saying “Thank you.”