The Relevance of September 11, 2001

The President of the United States completed a somber and sobering speech this evening to the American people regarding ISIS. Unless you have been in a coma for the past couple of months, you know what entity he speaks of.  ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria); a terror organization that has finally managed to wake our ever-lukewarm president from his wait-and-see foreign policy approach.

Many of us will make our pilgrimage to the New York 9/11 site to respectfully stop and reflect on the loss of life on that day.  For some of us, it is ever so personal. The constant reminder of TERRORISM, thirteen years later, weighs on our souls.

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NATO is Not Yesterday’s News

Created in 1949, NATO was originally intended to be a cooperative alliance aimed at preventing another world war and stopping the spread of communism from the Eastern European block controlled by the Soviet Union. Since its inception, NATO has played an integral part in joint US/European ally military operations around the world.  Yet, in the last decade its power appears to have waned. Differing opinions between world leaders in the NATO ranks, economic crises, attention demanding domestic issues and a move away from interventionist policies have all contributed to the diminished capacity of the NATO alliance.

However, this year has seen a surge of activity demanding the attention of US and EU leaders, and the need for more comprehensive joint responses. 

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Are You Tired of Politics, Too?

“I hate politics.”

I often hear that comment, especially in today’s divisive political environment and after yet another ugly primary season. And it is apparent from the disparity in the number of “likes” I receive on my political Facebook posts as compared to my “happy” personal posts, most people would be content to never see anything pertaining to the world of political issues.

Perhaps you also think that “social” media isn’t the place for political posts. That’s fine, but please remember that social media was the driving force in the last two presidential campaigns, so while conservatives shy away from its use, those on the left solidly embrace it.

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Wendy Davis' Political Theater is a Slap in the Face to Women

Wendy_Davis_Ectopic.jpgWith the November election only weeks away, Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is trailing her opponent, Republican Greg Abbott, by double digits. So what is a woman who has based her entire campaign on lies and abortion rights to do to weave her way back into the public's favor? If you’re Wendy Davis, you pull a Hail Mary pass and tug at the heart strings of gullible Americans by telling an emotional story about your own "hard choice" to have an abortion.

Davis, who is releasing her memoirs this week, released a portion of her memoir to the media where she talks about her "tough" choice to have two abortions. However, Davis included her ectopic pregnancy as one of her two abortions. According to ThinkProgress,

"Davis’ forthcoming book details her decision to end two pregnancies in the 1990s, before she was involved in politics, for medical reasons. The first — which the candidate has spoken publicly about once before, during her infamous filibuster against an anti-abortion bill last summer — involved an ectopic pregnancy in which a fetus had implanted in her Fallopian tubes. Those pregnancies are not viable. Two years later, Davis had a second abortion after she discovered her fetus had a severe brain abnormality and likely would not survive; if the pregnancy did make it to full term, the unborn child would be in a permanent vegetative stage" (emphasis mine).

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Is Relativism Opening a Pandora's Box?

Morality is an age old subject.  Webster defines morality as “particular principles or rules of conduct.”  Traditionally, despite being a nation that promoted freedom of religion along with separation of church and state, America had a moral fiber based on Judeo-Christian principles.  Today it does not seem so clear.  In everything from music to movies, college campuses to corporate boardrooms, the idea of relativism has taken root. 

Nowhere does this seem more prominent than in today’s growing generation.  In speaking with a group of teenagers willing to share their views on morality, an overwhelming majority stated that when it comes to morality (or choosing right from wrong) the determining factor is the situation itself.  They believe that if you can justify your action it is morally acceptable.  While several admitted they had solid views on morality, they also said their views could be changed.

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