Recently the Argentine President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, remarked to the press that the United States was out to kill her. This past summer, Iraq began a decent into anarchy as ISIS gained more control in the region. West Africa continues to experience an epidemic of tremendous proportions as Ebola rages on, and is spreading to the United States and Europe. Thousands are protesting in the streets of Hong Kong, begging for more democratic processes as the Chinese government continues pursuing communist policies. Where is America amidst all these international issues?
America is in the backseat.
One need not have an interventionist philosophy to understand that world events impact the home front.
It’s October again, and time to not only bring awareness to breast cancer, but honor the women who have died from this terrible disease.
In May, my best friend Melissa Bourgeois passed away from breast cancer complications after a ten year struggle. She was thirty-eight years old.
The Democrats are in trouble, and with so much at stake, they’re worried one loyal voting bloc may not show up to vote:
Hoping to duplicate Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s success on the national stage, Democrats are placing this coveted demographic group at the top of their priority list by using every avenue available to reach voters.
In what is being dubbed as the President's "latte salute", Barack Obama gave what looked like a less than enthusiastic "salute" to Marines this morning with his coffee cup as he stepped off Marine One in New York City. On his way to the United Nations, the President no doubt had plenty on his mind.
Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark) really needs the women's vote in the upcoming election. In the past, Sen. Pryor has always had the upper hand when it came to getting women's votes; however, this election is shaping up to be a bit harder for the embattled democrat.
Although Sen. Pryor holds an 8% lead with women overall, when you look at the issues that really matter to women, you see that Sen. Pryor is not understanding the needs of Arkansas women and that could hurt him come November. According to a nationwide PewResearch poll, women cited the economy, along with healthcare, as the most important issue in the upcoming election with 84% of women citing it as being "very important".
I have nothing against the public schools. I am a product of the public school system. My children have gone to public schools since they became of age. I have always been a proponent of the public school system.
Not only have our personal experiences with public schools disenchanted me, but seeing story after story about students being punished for what, in my opinion, goes against everything our country stands for. The most recent occurred on September 11, 2014 at a school in South Carolina. Students, in honor of the day, put flags on their cars. According to local news station WSPA-TV “Principal Aaron Fulmer removed the flags from vehicles parked at Woodruff High School in Spartanburg, claiming rules forbid anything that creates a disturbance or draws an “unusual amount of attention.” The flag of the United States of America apparently was a disturbance.
Shannon Grady, wife of a serviceman, who is overseas, interviewed South Carolina Congressman Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District about this incident.
Before getting married, I was what you would call a casual sports fan. With the exception of the Olympics, sports were an occasion not a way of life. However, in marriage things change and compromise is the goal. So I traded CSPAN and morning news for ESPN and Mike and Mike. Needless to say sports news is a part of daily life now. However, in recent years it has become the action of athletes off the field of play that has dominated the headlines as much as their accomplishments on the field. Names like Rice, Pistorius, Peterson, Hardy, and Hernandez have become synonymous with violence. But are these isolated incidents? Are they a result of on field competitiveness spilling over off the field? Or have the actions of society over the last several decades finally manifested themselves in the microcosms of professional sports for all to see?
In the cases currently tormenting the NFL, I believe we are reaping what we have sewn. Professional athletes are idealized. Here we have a profession where you essentially work half the year and make more money in one season than most people will earn in their entire life. This was not always the case. When Joe Namath was drafted his contract was for $427,000. This year’s first draft pick, Jadeveon Clowney, has a contract worth $22.3 million. Almost every male athlete I have taught believed he would go pro; none have.
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.
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.
“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.