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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
Liberty v. Obama’s Social Engineering
Constitution Just a Grand Suggestion?
Dems Been Marginalized within Their Own Party
the Spin on the Fort Hood Massacre
to Speak for an Entire Culture
Ideology Masks Ignorance
to Pay Close Attention to the Politicians
Real Strategy for Afghanistan
Will Throw ACORN Under the Bus
God, No...It's So Hot, I'm Burning Up"
Larger Point on the Public Option
the Status Quo
You Say You
Want a Real Solution
Awakened the Sleeping Giant'
Label Overshadows a Real Issue
Legislation...It’s Your Job!
Government Run by Mrs. Kravitz
a Safeguard Against Political &...Tyranny
the Celebrity Deaths, A Reality Check
When In The
Course of Human Events...
Massacre, US Repeating Mistakes...
The Path to
the Future Requires a Return to the Roots
Things, Facts & Truth Matter
Liberals, Politics & Deceit
Obama, Cheney & The Bright Shiny Thing
Nancy Pelosi: Damaged Beyond Repair
Radical Islam By Any Other Name...
Celebrating the Exit of a RINO, Cheering as Rome...
Specter: An Opportunist Guilty of Political Treason
A Week for the Earth; A Day for the Constitution
Left Is Making a Mistake in Ridiculing the Tea Parties
Obama’s European Tour: Arrogance, Ineptness &...
The Two-Faced Brutality of Hope & Change
The United States of America Is Not a Democracy
The ‘Give Obama a Chance’ Trial Period is Over
Recognizing the Reality of Radical Islam
‘Oh, God!’ It’s Bobby Jindal!
Determining the Intent of the Pres. Determination
It’s Not Obama’s "Stimulus” Bill
Time to Admit the Realities of Pakistan
Gaza & The One-World Media’s Propaganda
Politics, Chicago Corruption...I Told You So
Obama: Neither Oblivious Nor Deceptive
POTUS Needs to Be a Natural-Born Citizen
Cornucopia of Gratitude
Marriage Back to the Church
American Liberty v. Obama’s Social
General Election of 2008 I made a conscious effort to give President
Obama a chance. I wanted to give him an opportunity to be true to his
word; to prove that he was committed to governing from the center. I
also wanted to demonstrate that I was not of the same ilk as the
Bush-hating, "he stole the election,” fact-ignoring Progressive
malcontents that served to divide the country over the eight years of
the Bush Administration. But now, a year after the election, and as we
approach a full year of the Obama Administration, it has become
abundantly clear that Mr. Obama has abandoned almost all of his campaign
promises (but for his commitments to the SEIU) and is governing from the
far Left. He has instituted a campaign of social engineering that can
only be described as a direct threat to liberty.
defined as, "freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or
control.” It was the single most
motivating factor in the American Revolution and war for
independence. Our Founders and Framers risked their lives to free the
people of what would become our nation from the elitist tyranny of King
George and his court, a tyranny that choked liberty – personal and
societal – dead.
In addition to the limitations placed on religious freedom and freedom
of speech, taxation was excessive and exploitive and it was imposed
without representation. Many of the colonists believed the denial of
direct representation in the British Parliament was an illegal denial of
their rights, as colonists were considered Englishmen subject to the
king’s rule. Thus the credo, "no taxation without representation,”
served as the rallying cry for Patriots in each of the thirteen colonies
as they coalesced into a movement toward American independence.
Thomas Jefferson is quoted as having said, "The natural progress of
things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” If
Jefferson were alive today to witness the encroachment of government
into the private sector being perpetrated by the Obama Administration or
the non-representation of constituencies in the House of Representatives
under Nancy Pelosi and the US Senate under Harry Reid, he would be
validated in his statement.
In the run-up to the American Revolution, the British Parliament imposed
five laws that Patriot colonists referred to as "Intolerable
Acts.” Four laws were enacted in direct response to the Boston Tea
▪ The Boston Port Act closed the port until such time as the East India
Company should be paid for the tea destroyed.
▪ The Massachusetts Government Act gave complete control of seating
government officials to the King and Parliament. It also severely
limited activities at town hall meetings.
▪ The Administration of Justice Act allowed the king’s appointed
governor to move trials of accused royal officials to another colony or
even to Great Britain. This made it nearly impossible for witnessed to
testify against those charged due to monetary and geographical
▪ The Quartering Act allowed the king’s appointed governor to house
soldiers in non-governmental buildings.
The result of the imposition of these acts was the formation of the
First Continental Congress and the eventual Declaration of Independence,
which not only stated the colony’s declared independence, but enumerated
the Patriot colonists’ grievances with the king.
Intolerable Acts II
Today, we are witnessing another establishment of "Intolerable Acts” by
the 111th Congress and the Obama Administration that enable an
encroachment into the private sector and onto the personal liberties of
every American; an encroachment of liberties that dwarves the
Intolerable Acts of 1774.
The Stimulus Bill
The $787 billion stimulus bill that was rushed through Congress by a
coalition of liberal Democrats and neo-Marxist Progressives, and signed
into law by President Obama, was less a bill that stimulated the growth
of the US economy or the creation of jobs and more a pork-laden special
interest bill that was timed to be dispersed for the maximum political
benefit it could afford the elected Democrats and Progressives. In
reality, the almost trillion dollar legislation was a raid on the
Treasury by political factions to reward loyal special interest groups
and bankroll the intellectual manipulation of voters in 2010 and 2012,
just before the elections.
The Healthcare Reform Bill
The trillion dollar healthcare
bills proposed by both houses of Congress and championed by the Obama
Administration have more to do with a governmental power-grab of
one-sixth of the US economy than they do with affording the uninsured in
the United States healthcare benefits.
Instead of crafting legislation that would mandate the private sector to
cover the uninsured and promote true free-market competition among
private health insurance companies (which would lower premiums for all),
the Obama Administration and Congress are deceptively marketing a
government take-over of the healthcare insurance industry as a
protection against the "evil healthcare insurance industry.” An
examination of the almost bankrupt federal Medicare program provides a
perfect example of government-run healthcare.
The EPA, CO2 and Cap & Trade
With the recent announcement by
the Environmental Protection Agency that carbon dioxide (CO2
– the stuff we exhale and which is required for plant growth) is now
considered a pollutant by the federal government, the Obama
Administration has enabled itself to not only usurp the legislative
process but coerce the electorate and the total of the energy industry
into supporting a Cap & Trade Bill. Of course, this designation – as
well as any legislation designed to address this issue – is based on the
now debunked junk science of anthropological global warming – or what
the disingenuous eco-zealots are now calling climate change.
With this designation,
FOX News reports that the Obama Administration has positioned itself
to force one of two outcomes with regard to energy management in the
"The Obama administration is
warning Congress that if it doesn't move to regulate greenhouse gases,
the Environmental Protection Agency will take a "command-and-control"
role over the process in a way that could hurt business.
"The warning, from a top White House economic official who spoke Tuesday
on condition of anonymity, came on the eve of EPA Administrator Lisa
Jackson's address to the international conference on climate change in
"...while administration officials have long said they prefer Congress
take action on climate change, the economic official who spoke with
reporters Tuesday night made clear that the EPA will not wait and is
prepared to act on its own.”
Taxation Without Representation
The 111th Congress and the
Obama Administration have veered violently away from representative
government where the citizenry is concerned and moved to execute a
government that represents special interest groups, unions, advocacy
organizations and the two political parties. They have crafted
legislation behind closed doors and in the company of special interest
groups and union officials that provides wealth and privilege to the few
while mandating a debt that future generations will have to bear if, in
fact, we do not collapse the US dollar and watch, helplessly, as our
country fades into the pages of the history books as another failed
experiment of government and human nature.
A Usurpation of the Established
Branches of Government
In seating a plethora of "czars” – overseeing everything thing from
broadcast regulation to safe schools, jobs and the economy to
environmental issues – President Obama has effectively usurped the
congressional oversight used to vet cabinet level appointees and
department heads. In essence, Mr. Obama has seated a shadow government
with ideological generals who answer to no one but him. This usurps the
complete idea of representative government as mandated by the US
The Revolution Starts Now
James Madison, the Father of
the US Constitution, said in
"Enlightened statesmen will not
always be at the helm. Nor, in many cases, can such an adjustment be
made at all without taking into view indirect and remote considerations,
which will rarely prevail over the immediate interest which one party
may find in disregarding the rights of another or the good of the whole.
"...Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention;
have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights
of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they
have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have
patronized this species of government, have erroneously supposed that by
reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they
would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their
possessions, their opinions, and their passions.”
Today, enlightened statesmen
are not at the helm. Political opportunists who have their own interests
and the interests of the financial benefactors in a position of priority
are seated in power. And while there are a scant few in government who
still do adhere to the notion of public service and are still dedicated
to their oaths of office and the US Constitution, the controlling
majority of those in federal government – and in many cases state
government – have come to represent everything our Founders and Framers
despised in the elitists they waged war against for independence.
Now, the question is this, will those of us who still believe in the
sanctity of the Charters of Freedom – The Declaration of independence,
The US Constitution and The Bill of Rights – defend them, doing so in a
cohesive manner so as to avoid the politics of factionalism – as with
the institution of litmus test politics, or will we watch, helplessly,
impotent, as Rome burns?