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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
Medicine for Getting Back to Good
Federal Government’s Basic Purpose
Party Movement, The GOP & Making It Work
Time Is Ripe for Divide & Conquer
Janus Face of the Progressive Democrats
At This Point It’s About Defining the
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
Tough Medicine for Getting Back to Good
February 26, 2010
I just watched an important video. It
United News newsreel from December 2, 1945, and captured the official
Japanese surrender proceedings aboard the USS Missouri, proceedings that
brought World War II to an end. As I watched, I wondered how it must have
sounded to my Father, who was fighting in the South Pacific during that time.
It would be impossible for me to be able understand how he must have felt at
hearing Gen. MacArthur say,
"Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will
preserve it, always. These proceedings are closed.”
My Father volunteered for military service during
World War II, as did many who fought for the Allies from all countries. They
did so not only because they understood the existence of evil in the world, but
because they wanted to preserve the "way of life” their countries afforded them.
For my Father it was to advance our American heritage – freedom, liberty,
constitutionality and opportunity – to his children. It was for this belief that
he risked life and limb in one of the bloodiest episodes in world history.
I recall during the waning days of my Father’s life his incredulousness at how
apathetic the American public has become; how narcissistic and unaware the
American populace had grown. From the announcement of the formation of the
Nation of Islam in Chicago to the over-reaching of labor unions and government,
his exasperated retort was always the same, "So this is what I fought in World
War II for?”
I can only imagine the heartbreak that his surviving brethren feel at the state
of our nation today.
It has been said many ways but it bears repeating. The "Me Generation,” those
who brought us the "cultural revolution” of the 1960s and 1970s, those who
twirled in the streets at Haight and Ashbury while placing feelings above fact,
have done more to damage the United States, bastardize the Constitution and
jeopardize the continuation of our existence than all of the enemies we have
faced combined. They have spent us (and both political parties are responsible
for this) into trillions of dollars of debt, balkanized and "dumbed down” the
populace, misused and abused our military and have allowed caustic special
interest groups hell-bent on one-world globalization to capture influence. They
have taken a country bequeathed to them in good societal and financial health
and moved it to the point where our nation’s AAA bond rating is being
US Representatives laugh at the idea of saying the Pledge of Allegiance
before SEIU meetings.
For this I cannot feel the heartbreak of those who fought in World War II, but I
can feel a kinship to them in my frustration, sense of urgency and call to duty,
because today, it is my generation that must fight the battle for our nation’s
survival against ideologues, opportunists and those of seditious intent who, in
many cases, also happen to be US citizens.
But I am not alone in holding these feelings, especially the call to duty. As
was made evident on September 12, 2009, in Washington DC, and every day since
then in every part of the country, millions of Americans have re-awakened to
their civic responsibility to governmental oversight. This re-awakening is
commonly referred to as the Tea Party Movement. It is real. It has sufficient
motivation to succeed in its goals. And those who attempt to diminish its
potency or providence do so at the cost of their political careers.
The unique facet of the Tea Party Movement is that it is a true grassroots
movement of people who believe in the Constitution; who believe in limited
government, limited taxation, States’ Rights, fiscal responsibility and a strong
national defense. There is no leader and there needn’t be one. And while there
have been organizers in locations around the country, good people one and all,
should anyone claim to be a leader or an originator he or she is a charlatan.
This movement was born in the soul of the American and belongs to no one but the
American; no political party, no special interest group, no individual.
So, in these dark days for our country, days in which politicians continue
expanding the debt on the backs of our children, in which the strength of
America overseas has been diminished through the appearance of weakness, and in
which Progressives try to
fundamentally transform the United States of America, there is hope, real
hope, not the fake, manufactured, media-hyped hope that the American voter was
sold in 2008.
The re-awakening has allowed the American people to reestablish their connection
to the fact – and the importance of the fact – that our government was
created by the people, for the people and subject to the consent of the
This, in turn has allowed us to clearly see that most multi-term politicians in
Washington and in the many State Houses have elevated themselves into a class of
elected elitists, in their eyes, much more qualified to decide what will and
will not be good for the people. The American people have re-awakened from a
fifty-year slumber of apathy and ignorance to find that most multi-term
politicians are actually political opportunists more concerned with the politics
of getting re-elected than in performing good government for their constituents.
In an honest quest to get back to good, our country is going to have to take
some tough medicine and endure some cultural clashes. Think of it as political
chemotherapy. As part of this political chemotherapy a few things, among many
others, must be accomplished.
Taking Back Our Schools
Our schools have turned from places where children are taught critical
thinking skills, skills that allow them to intelligently engage in life, into
ideological indoctrination mills, churning out political operatives who can
better put a condom on a cucumber or spew false information about non-existent
man-made global warming than solve complex mathematical equations of write an
accurately structured sentence. The attention span of the average child pales in
comparison to a child of just fifty years ago. And while the technical knowledge
of our children today may be far more advance than that of their parents, they
have no meaningful education in US History or the philosophies that moved our
Founders and Framers to risk life and limb to create our great nation.
The blame for this is two-fold.
First, we, the citizens, have to take a great share of the responsibility for
this predicament. We have become far too busy with our own individual lives to
be engaged in our children’s education. It’s more important to get to that
coffee shop, to watch that television show, to engage in that sporting activity
than it is to attend a school board meeting or be active in the PTA.
Fortunately, this can be rectified and it must be rectified. We must run
for local school boards and get on the curriculum committees so that we can have
a definitive say in what our children learn in the classroom. By taking back the
curriculums in schools we can at least give our children a fighting chance.
Second, we must apply pressure to elected officials to enact legislation that
would limit the influence of teachers unions where curriculum is concerned.
Teachers unions have morphed from organizations meant to negotiate contracts for
its membership to organizations shopping an ideology for the classroom.
Decisions on curriculum must be held at the local levels, if just as a safety
precaution against ideological indoctrination.
Limiting the Influence of Labor Unions
There was a legitimate need for labor unions after the turn of the 20th
Century. Some unscrupulous employers took great advantage of the work force
providing less than safe working conditions, demanding long hours and issuing
degrading compensation. But that was then...this is now.
Over the years, laws have been instituted that address each and every issue that
labor unions were created to champion, thus removing any real reason for labor
unions to exist at all. In fact, it can be successfully argued that in the last
fifty years labor unions have done more to hurt the worker and business in the
United States than they have helped.
Aggressive labor union demands have turned
Detroit into a ghost town. They have forced many corporations to outsource
manufacturing jobs, turning our country into a service oriented and consumer
economy from a production-based economy. Alarmingly, our country’s manufacturing
base is an emaciated shadow of what it once was and because of that there are no
jobs for the unemployed. Yet labor unions want more in wages for their members,
more perks and more influence.
Labor unions must be limited in mission to negotiating reasonable
contracts for its members, if not completely abolished. Labor union leadership
has proven beyond doubt that they have no regard for the balance that must exist
for the private business sector to be healthy enough to achieve full employment.
They have transformed into a political special interest group that not only
feeds from the public trough while literally eliminating the entrepreneur and
destroying the private business sector, but one that is increasingly advancing a
Progressive (read: Socialist) ideology, an ideology antithetical to
Reexamining the Federal Government’s Use of the Commerce Clause
For years the federal government has abused the Commerce Clause in order to
expand its reach of authority over the States. The
Commerce Clause, Article 1 Section 8, Clause 3 of the US Constitution,
"The Congress shall have Power to...regulate Commerce with foreign Nations,
and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes...”
The original intent of the Commerce Clause is described in the Supreme
Court's opinion in Gonzales v. Raich, 545 U.S. 1 (2005):
"The Commerce Clause emerged as the Framers' response to the central problem
giving rise to the Constitution itself: the absence of any federal commerce
power under the Articles of Confederation...the primary use of the Clause was to
preclude the kind of discriminatory state legislation that had once been
Since the American Industrial Revolution, Congress has pushed the limits of
the Commerce Clause to the point of usurping the Tenth Amendment, which states,
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor
prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to
The stranglehold Congress has granted itself – with the help of several
Supreme Court decisions – has served to create a "master” for the fifty States,
which, in the original intent of the Founders and Framers, were to be sovereign
Limiting Government’s Ability to Spend
Both the Legislative and the Executive Branches have proven they cannot be
trusted with spending within their allotted means. Today, even as Harry Reid
(D-NV) and Nancy Pelosi (P-CA) trumpet the virtues of "Pay As You Go” rules, the
fact is they routinely exempt certain pieces of legislation from that specific
Put succinctly, the US Congress is populated with spendthrifts; people who spend
money recklessly, extravagantly and who use taxpayer monies to affect their
re-election via the earmark. Congress has learned to raid the treasury for their
own purposes and they are spending us into insolvency.
Congress – as well as the Executive Branch – must be forced to abide by a
prioritized and limited budget derived from a set and limited amount of tax –
equitable and fair to all in percentage, starting with the responsibilities
actually outlined in the Constitution: funding the courts and providing for
national security, to name but two. Only when there is money remaining in that
limited budget, after the constitutionally mandated
responsibilities have been fully funded, should they be allowed to spend funds
on new legislation and then only when absolutely needed.
Further, congressional power to borrow should be directly linked to the exact
amount it has accrued in reserve capital that has been established in a separate
and exclusive holding account, never – ever – to be accessed but for time
A Moratorium on Entitlements
Constitutionally, the only entitlements that the American people have
bestowed upon them as legitimate rights are the rights to life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness, all rights granted to us not by Congress or even by the
Constitution, but, as the Founders and Framers plainly stated in the Declaration
of Independence, by our Creator; through Natural Law.
In a paper titled
The Challenge of Giant Entitlements, written in April of 2008,
Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA) states,
spending, or government spending that takes place automatically every
year without any action from Congress, is currently 62 percent of our overall
According to the
SocialSecurity.gov, Social Security and Medicare benefits represented 7.6%
percent of the Gross National Product in 2008, with Medicare benefits
representative of the GDP reaching 11.4 in 2083 and Social Security reaching 6.2
The numbers speak for themselves. Our nation, with the debt that it has amassed,
and until definitive action is taken to alleviate the debt burden that will not
most assuredly reach past our children’s children’s generation, cannot affords
even one more entitlement program, not healthcare, nothing. To continue to call
for entitlement programs or to continue to work toward establishing entitlement
programs is not only irresponsible, it is a direct threat to the continuation of
Many will read these suggestions and immediately say that there is no way in
Hades that any of this can come to pass, not in the climate we have today in
Washington. And while I would agree that these are formidable tasks to achieve I
would have to also ask, what is the alternative?
...and then I just heard my Father say, "So this is what I fought in World War