Weekly Columns and Op-Eds
Dallas. Baton Rouge. In those two cities, eight police officers lost their lives after being targeted and ambushed in two separate attacks. Our nation has been stunned as law enforcement has also been targeted in shootings in Philadelphia, in St. Joseph, Michigan, in Tennessee, in Missouri, and in Georgia. Two officers were shot in San Diego just last week.
Freedom of conscience and religious liberty have been bedrock principles of our republic since our founding.
I am a strong believer that the flurry of top-down rules from the federal government threatens job creation over the long-run rather than empowering individuals or moving our economy forward.
Imagine a national health care system that works for the people who require care: patients who are able to schedule appointments and be seen by a doctor of their choice for high-quality, life-saving care that does not break the bank.
During the Fourth of July holiday and as the world’s focus on the United Kingdom’s vote for “Brexit” to leave the European Union, we as Americans are reminded of our own decision to declare independence from Great Britain 240 years ago. The lesson we can take is that no matter the risk and the naysayers, a free people will not always choose security; because they long for freedom.
Within one week of the terrorist attack in Orlando that took the lives of 49 innocent people, there has been a concerted effort to change the subject from radical Islamist terrorism, and the threat of ISIS here at home, to restricting Americans’ constitutional liberties.
Ask someone to recite our national motto, and you might just get a couple different responses. Such has been the confusion about our national motto, that in a speech President Obama delivered in 2010, the President even said, “In the United States, our motto is E pluribus unum — out of many, one.” Actually, “E pluribus unum” is the phrase on the official Seal of the United States.
To face a threat, we must begin by calling it exactly what it is. Our nation has once again been attacked by radical Islamists. Early Sunday, Americans woke up to the horror that 49 innocent individuals had been killed and dozens wounded in an insidious terrorist attack on a “soft target,” an Orlando nightclub. The attack in Orlando was an attack on all Americans.
From our founding to the present, American history is filled with reminders of the sacrifices of patriots, who took up arms when the call went out to defend their country and the principles that we hold dear. We just observed Memorial Day, when we recognize the high price paid by more than one million men and women in the Armed Forces.
As we observe Memorial Day this May 30th, I hope that we each take a moment to reflect on the high cost paid for the freedoms we enjoy by the men and women in our Armed Forces. Throughout our history, more than one million Americans have given their lives defending our liberty.