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
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October 23, 2009
After giving a
talk to a group of family values minded Freeport, Illinois area
residents addressing three major threats facing the United States –
which I term "The Perfect Storm,” and a solution to a problem that
safeguards the US Constitution, I found myself personally and
ideologically assailed by a letter-writer to a local newspaper, a Ms.
Patricia Wemstrom. I take issue with her critique not only because she
mischaracterized each and every point that I made at the event, but also
because she wasn’t even in attendance.
The critique was caustic and hateful in nature:
"I am surprised by the hatred,
bigotry and lack of knowledge expressed by Frank Salvato in the front
page story of Oct. 18. ("Speaker Warns of Threats”) It seems to me the
danger to this country rest not so much in ‘Radical Islam,’ but in
people like Salvato.”
Such explosive rhetoric
emanating from a person who wasn’t in attendance and who never attempted
to contact me for any clarification leads me to believe – through the
context of experience – that Ms. Wemstrom is not only of the Progressive
or Liberal political ideology but, also, either uneducated on the
issues, disingenuous and partisan in her approach, or both.
Although out of order of presentation I will attempt to clarify the
misinformation presented by Ms. Wemstrom...in the interest of truth and
During the presentation I informed the attendees that within the US
Constitution there exists no enforcement vehicle for Article II, Section
1. This section outlines the prerequisites for holding elected office in
the Executive Branch of our federal government. I also went to great
pains to explain that in advancing a solution in the form of legislation
to require a formal submission of first-source proof of satisfaction of
these prerequisites, that I was not targeting the President. The fact of
the matter is that the issue surrounding the "birther” movement
presented an opportunity to advance a solution that would defuse and
eliminate the possibility of another "birther” situation arising in
Ms. Wemstrom said:
"Salvato wants a Constitutional
amendment that would require proof of citizenship for candidates...and
yet he says he is not allied with the ‘birther’ movement that questioned
President Obama’s citizenship status...Why now, during the presidency of
Obama, whose birth was announced 48 years ago in a Hawaiian newspaper?
Why the implication, during his presidency, that we might have someone
in power ‘whose loyalties can be skewed?’ If I dare suggest that racism
may be involved in this, I get accused of being unable to ‘conceive of
no other motivation for opposition to Obama than base racism.’”
Interesting that Ms. Wemstrom
injects the accusation of being aligned with the "birther” movement and
racism into her attack. Anyone in attendance would have known that at no
time was President Obama’s citizenship questioned. Nor was the question
of his eligibility addressed. The onus of the solution was to protect
the US Constitution in future elections so that this divisive
issue would be rendered moot.
Further, and on a personal note, if Ms. Wemstrom would have bothered to
research anything about me or my past at all she would have understood
that I spent years as a professional jazz and blues musician having
studied and performed with people of every race, ideology and gender. If
I were to be racist – which Ms. Wemstrom supposes without proof – I
contend I would have been the only "racist” to have been hired to play
with Black jazz greats...but I digress from the subject at hand.
Ms. Wemstrom goes on to allege that I incited:
"...hatred of an ethnic group,
almost all of whom are loyal Americans and law-abiding
citizens...Salvato seems to want to stir up hatred against Muslims, even
to the point of having us worry about their birth rate.”
In discussing the threat of radical Islam and encroaching fundamentalist
Islam I discussed the actions and desires of those who adhere to the
Wahabbist ideology, those who have pledged allegiance to jihadist terror
organizations that have vowed to violently attack the United States and
those who would embrace the implementation of Sharia Law into the
In discussing these topics I stressed – in no uncertain terms –
that the solution to this violent and totalitarian strain of Islam
should and must come from within the Muslim community, perhaps in the
form of religious reformation in which the violent tenets of Islam are
expunged from the dogma. I stressed that the idea of dictating a
solution for this international epidemic to the Islamic community would
be in error because it conveys disrespect and, in Islamic culture, great
insult. Of course, anyone in attendance would have understood this.
In expressing the idea of cultural demographics with regard to
reproduction I expressed that the birthrate among Europeans (1.5) and
Westerners (2.1) is significantly less than that among Muslims (4.4).
This is a fact that cannot be disputed. Because radical and
fundamentalist Islamists represent 10% to 20% of the Islamist
population, this information is significant. It is also significant in
the face of the cultural conflicts currently facing individual nations
In Britain, fundamentalist Islamists – whose global numbers grow in
proportion with the general global Muslim population –
that the British Parliament incorporate Sharia Law into British Law,
"We hereby request all Muslims
in the United Kingdom...to join us and collectively declare that as
submitters to Almighty Allah, we have had enough of democracy and
man-made law and the depravity of the British culture. On this day we
will call for a complete upheaval of the British ruling system its
members and legislature, and demand the full implementation of Shari’ah
Further, in communities here in
the United States that are predominantly Muslim, there is a push by
fundamentalists to create
in order to find remedy for cultural issues within their Muslim
communities. These councils would take their guidance from...Sharia Law.
These requests of local government have taken place in several locations
around the United States including Dearborn, Michigan.
It needs to be pointed out that under strict Sharia Law, women are
considered possessions and are deemed less than a man in worth and
ability. The fundamentalist Islamic culture embraces the practice of
stoning to punish adultery, which can be as simple as having a
conversation with an unrelated man in public.
which are publicly decried, are more common than not and are even taking
here in the United States.
In Afghanistan and Pakistan, Taliban fundamentalists – radical Islamists
or fundamentalist Islamists – routinely set fire to girls’ schools and
young women who dare to self-educate are often killed. Women who refuse
to wear the hijab or burqa are often attacked by men who
throw acid into their faces. Many women commit suicide or
rather that subject themselves to the brutality inflicted upon them in
the name of fundamentalist Islamic "honor.” These facts cannot be
disputed but by those who embrace ignorance and/or cowardice to the
Further, over the time that I have been advocating for the education of
the American public where the religion of Islam is concerned – with an
onus on radical and fundamentalist Islam – I have come to know many
Arabs, Persians, Muslims and former Muslims whom I admire and consult.
From Syrian-born Wafa Sultan, Lebanese-born Brigitte Gabriel and
Iranian-born Amil Imani to former Palestinian terrorist Whalid Shoebat,
Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Dr. Walid
Phares and Director of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Dr.
Zuhdi Jasser, I count them all among my professional cohorts and
personal friends. To suggest I incite hatred toward the general Muslim
population is not only ludicrous it is border-line slanderous. It is
certainly an uninformed and ignorant assertion.
Ms. Wemstrom goes on to question why I would include groups like Planned
Parenthood and the ACLU into a group described as The American Fifth
Column, a group associated with the advancement of neo-Marxism in the
History provides the facts – and they cannot be denied – that founders
of both organizations were Marxists and Socialists and sought to advance
neo-Marxism into American society to the detriment to the concepts of
liberty and freedom as established by our Founders and Framers as
derived from the great Western philosophers the likes of Cicero,
Aristotle, Hobbes and Locke, among many others.
In the 1930s,
and the ACLU allied with the Popular Front movement, which was
engendered by Stalin to strengthen the Communist Party by allowing it to
make common cause with Socialists and other leftist groups. Baldwin
himself made two trips to the Soviet Union and in 1928 published a book
entitled Liberty Under the Soviets, which contained effusive
praise for the USSR.
the founder of the American Birth Control League, which later became
Planned Parenthood, was an avowed Socialist who blamed what she
perceived as the evils of contemporary capitalism for the conditions of
young white working-class women. Her very personal views on this issue
are well expressed in the last pages of What Every Girl Should Know.
That Ms. Wemstrom would cherry-pick statements presented in an 872 word
newspaper report of an event that spanned the better part of a
two-hour-plus presentation, and then craft an uneducated argument on
subjects she clearly knows little about, stands as a monument to
knee-jerk reactions everywhere. That people would consider her
unqualified and ill-informed diatribe as something to champion presents
as proof positive that our mainstream informational outlets and
educational institutions have failed in their duties to accurately
inform and to cultivate critical thinking skills respectively. In Ms.
Wemstrom’s case they have failed miserably.