Frank Salvato Frank Salvatois
the Executive Director and Director of Terrorism Research for
a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education
initiative. His writing has been recognized by the US House
International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for
Conflict Prevention. His organization, BasicsProject.org,
partnered in producing the original national symposium series
addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is
a member of the International Analyst Network.
He also serves as the managing editor for The New Media Journal.
Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News
Channel, and is a regular guest on talk radio including on The
Captain's America Radio Show airing on AM1220 WSRQ and on the
Internet catering to the US Armed Forces around the world and on
The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth syndicated nationally on the
USA Radio Network. His
opinion-editorials have been published by The American
Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times & Human Events and
are syndicated nationally. He is occasionally quoted in The
Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking
If you are a
Baby Boomer you, no doubt, remember the television series
Bewitched, starring Elizabeth Montgomery. Ms. Montgomery played
Samantha Stevens, a witch who was married to a mortal and who lived in a
quintessential American suburb. One of the regular characters – and one
of the funnier characters – was a neighbor of the Stevens’, Gladys
Kravitz, played by
Alice Pearce and then
Sandra Gould. An incredibly nosey neighbor, Gladys Kravitz was
always just moments away from being able to prove to her husband, Abner,
that "something very strange is going on over at the Stevens’ house.”
Gladys Kravitz was the model busybody and, if she were alive and real
today, she would, no doubt, be a member of the 111th Congress.
Gladys Kravitz knew everything and nothing at all, all at the same time.
Her advice was most always wrong and her opinion was most always
uninformed but this didn’t mean that she ever gave thought to not
offering both to anyone and everyone with whom she came in contact. Mrs.
Kravitz, as Samantha always called her, believed that she was always
right, even without knowing all the facts or understanding all the
issues. That she existed was enough reason for her input to be solicited
and Lord help you if you didn’t act on her advice in an expeditious
manner! Just ask Abner!
As I remember the character I can’t help but think that we have a
factionalist gaggle of Mrs. Kravitzs currently running our government.
Then, in deference to Ms. Pearce, Ms. Gould and the writers of
Bewitched, I reconsidered...the gaggle now in control of the US
government is much worse. The 111th Congress can only be described as
being run by a minority of know-it-alls who insist they know what’s best
for you, for me, for our entire country without any practical experience
to support their arrogance and without any understanding of reality to
sustain their bloated sense of elitist superiority.
How else can you explain moments like these?
▪ Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) – a white woman –
tries to lecture National Black Chamber of Commerce president Harry
Alford – a Black man – on the position of Black activists regarding
Climate Change legislation.
▪ President Obama, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Treasury
Secretary Timothy Geithner coerce many of the nation’s largest and most
influential banking and financial institutions into ceding control and
financially ingratiating their privately held companies to the
government under the notion that government knows best how to fix the
▪ The same trio of grifters bullied GM into ceding corporate board power
to the Auto Workers Union and pressured Chrysler into becoming a
foreign-owned company, both in a fashion that would make
Don Vito Corleone envious.
▪ Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
strong-armed a stimulus bill through Congress with not a single elected
official actually reading the bill, doing so while preaching to the
people, "We know best how to stem the crisis.”
▪ President Obama took to the national airwaves, in his fourth prime
time press conference since being elected to office, to stump for a
healthcare package which he admits he hasn’t even read. Offering no
specifics – yet again – he insisted that he knew for certain what would
happen if the bill wasn’t passed.
▪ President Obama, in the face of unprecedented slaughter on the
post-election streets of Tehran, refused to offer even moral support for
the pro-freedom Iranian patriots whose blood stained the streets of many
Iranian cities. He is still committed – even as Iran’s mullahs prepare
to go nuclear – to his naïve notion of offering the "unclenched fist” in
the hopes the mullahs will drink the Kool-Aid of his hollow rhetoric,
just as the American electorate did.
The list could go on and on and on but the fact here is indisputable,
the leaders in control of the US government haven’t a clue as to the
realities of the issues they face. They are simply executing government
on failed ideological philosophies, disastrous economic theories, a wing
and a prayer. It is unconscionable that we not only elected these
arrogant ideologues to power, but that our society allowed a generation
to be so self-absorbed and devoid of common sense, both at the same
How did we come to this? Simple. Our current control generation – the
Baby Boomer Generation – is too pre-occupied with themselves, too
narcissistic, too worried about amassing material things to give a damn
about understanding what government is doing or how it works until after
they feel it in their wallets. How else can you explain a pathetic
63% voter turnout for one of the most important elections of our
lifetimes, the 2008 Presidential Election? Where were those who
comprised the non-voting 37% of the population? Too busy watching
American Idol, I suspect. "Election? What channel?”
In the end, perhaps it is that we need more Mrs. Kravitzs providing
oversight to the narcissistic Baby Boomers elected to office and less
Mrs. Kravitzs in government itself. Can’t you hear it now?...”Abner,
there’s something fishy going on over at the Obama house!”