If an election were held today between Nobel Prize Laureate Barack Obama and the Man who actually helped liberate hundreds of millions of people from the shackles of tyranny by winning the Cold War, the latter guy would win. Continue reading
Imagine if an American celebrity supercouple chose South Africa–of all the countries in the world–to vacation in the 1980s at the height of the Apartheid era during rampant human and civil rights abuses.
Imagine them staying at hotels reserved only for whites, dining at restaurants that only allow whites, dancing and partying in clubs where only whites are welcomed, and infusing thousands of American dollars into a regime that will only use that money to continue oppressing its people.
And if all that wasn’t enough, imagine the regime covering and touting these celebrities’ every move on state television, showing what a great time they had as a propaganda ploy to distract from its own oppression and undermine dissidents’ efforts to call international attention to their plight. Continue reading
Last week I received a call from a woman heavily involved in veteran support groups. She told me there was a veteran of the war in Iraq who suffered a bad car accident. He was hospitalized and she asked me if I could stop by his room to keep him company as he was feeling lonely in the room. I went to the hospital not knowing that my life was about to change.
Demario is an orphan who spent time with over 20 foster families throughout his childhood before joining the military at 18. He bravely served 12 years before being shot four times in Iraq, which rendered the left side of his body paralyzed.
He was promptly served medical discharge papers, the military cut all ties, and a half paralyzed Demario was again alone in the world with no family, friends, or job–after over 10 combat deployments to just about every hell hole on Earth in defense of his country. Continue reading
When Florida state legislators Senator Rene(cito) García (R-Hialeah) and Represenatative Manny “El Bueno” Díaz (R-Miami Lakes) each filed legislation in their respective chambers that would prohibit graduates of Cuban medical schools from practicing medicine in Florida, my initial reaction was to commend them (I always encourage anything that kicks the Castro regime in the teeth).
That being said, I also decided to dig a little deeper to investigate where they were coming from.
But before I get into that, here is a summary of their proposed legislation: Continue reading
Within hours of the horrific shooting at Newtown, CT’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, grotesque, low-class hack politicians were already making public calls to “exploit” the tragedy.
There is a time and place to reflect and look back at what we as a society could have done to prevent this, but within a couple of weeks, much less the day of the tragedy is not the right time to do it. Reigniting age-old petty debates about this policy or that policy in the immediate aftermath only serves to trivialize the tragedy, disrespect the lives that were lost or shattered, and inject unnecessary emotion into what should be a deliberative process. Decent Americans reject this kind of exploitation and media-driven sensationalism and instead prefer to exercise restrained grief and sober mourning after something like this happens.
That being said, eventually the issue must be taken up. I believe enough time has passed where cool heads can come together and begin to propose ideas for reform. Continue reading