Thursday, October 2, 2014

Holder: For Obama, Against the People

Holder: For Obama, Against the People
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
October 2, 2014

The strategy behind the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is about as dangerous as the six-year tenure we the people have endured with him on the job in the first place.

From Fast and Furious to voter fraud/ID issues to the New Black Panther Party to constantly injecting race into virtually every issue flying anywhere close to his radar, Holder should have been out of his job almost as soon as his swearing in. Fortunately, the United States Constitution has deeper roots than the resolve of Holder and Barack Obama combined.

Ironically, it was Holder’s supposed “independence” that Obama touted as a reason for nominating him for the post of attorney general in the first place. Yet Holder remained steadfastly loyal to Obama – even when the Constitution took a back seat. This in an administration determined to be the most transparent in history, yet has been anything but.

Holder and Obama have worked in unison to impede virtually all legislation that would help secure the borders or pertain to limiting the “rights” of illegal aliens, who should have no rights in the US in the first place. Holder called any attempts to curtail illegal immigration “racial profiling.” In getting involved with state matters such as illegal immigration, as he did in the Arizona SB 1070 case, Holder violated the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution.

Early in his tenure at the helm of the Justice Department, Holder loudly decried, that on the issue of race, America was, and is, a nation of cowards. However, once the racial missile was launched, any response would have been viewed as defensive (for good reason) and racially insensitive. The present day politically correct environment disallows honest discussion or debate and lends credence to Holder’s accusation, making it a self-fulfilling prophecy.

If Holder actually wants to have the race conversation, fine, but it should be conducted sans recriminations where people can opine at will without fear or threat of the loss of career, reputation, or garnering the label of racist. We are not a nation of cowards when the mere mention of race as an issue is so volatile and divisive that it provokes a hair-trigger response rich with venom and an unwillingness to listen.

Announcing he typically did not trust police officers, Holder often came down on the wrong side of issues involving law enforcement. He did not serve the best interest of the American people, and was too often an activist attorney general.

At every turn Holder thwarted the employment of photo identification requirements pertaining to voting. Yet, he remained silent when myriad events featuring government officials and particular Democrat candidates required ID of those wishing to attend. Photo ID would be vilified and castigated by Holder as a racist tool of the GOP or conservatives to stunt the vote of ethnic minorities. In reality, requiring photo ID to vote protects the sanctity of all votes and voters, preventing voter fraud by not diluting the power and value of any singular vote cast by legal voters.

Holder also came down on the wrong side of another voter issue – voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia in 2008. Wielding nightsticks and baseball bats, members of the New Black Panther Party scared, exclusively potential white voters, from several polling places. This was wrong when whites did the same thing to potential black voters in the 1950s and 1960s in numerous southern precincts, and it is just as wrong in the 21st Century.

Tit for tat, and all that, does not work in the justice system and revenge justice is neither justice nor does it right the wrongs of prior injustice. Holder should have done his job and prosecuted the New Black Panther Party members as well as all who have committed voter fraud.

Fast and Furious, the failed program that literally put American guns in the hands of Mexican drug lords under the foolhardy machinations of capturing said drug lords, only made the border crisis more dangerous and the borders themselves more porous and welcoming to illegals. Add to that failure, the tragic murder of border patrol agent Brian Terry in December 2010. Failure by Holder to produce documents demanded by Congress made him the first sitting cabinet member to be hold in contempt of Congress – June 2012.

Mere grumblings of an attempt to remove Holder from office were met with resistance and cries of racism. The Obama administration plays the race card with such regularity and ease, yet this is the same so-called racist nation that elected a black president – twice.

But it is the behavior – the actions – of Holder and his Justice Department that are under scrutiny, not the color of his skin. Holder and the DOJ behaved questionably with regard to spying on Fox News reporter James Rosen and other members of the press, under the guise that they violated the Espionage Act. This scandal did not receive the full measure of attention it required as the actions by the Justice Department were egregious at best, illegal at worst, and an attempt by the Obama administration to hamper an otherwise free press.

Military activities and the methods of terrorists notwithstanding, a free press should be sacrosanct.

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” – Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson adroitly prioritized the press above the government: “…were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

With the Barack Obamas and the Eric Holders in charge of the nation and its laws, a free press may be civilization’s last line of defense against the tyranny of our own government.

And as for the strategy behind Holder’s departure, tyranny should be on the minds of the rank and file. Holder has agreed to remain on the job until Obama nominates a replacement. Obama will no doubt attempt to nominate a candidate prior to the November 4 midterm election and have this nominee approved by the lame duck Senate before a potential Republican majority Senate convenes January 5, 2015. While this is bad enough, worse yet, is what will become of Holder once he leaves the Justice Department behind.

With two years remaining in his term, Obama would sacrifice a kidney for the crack at putting another of his acolytes on the Supreme Court – a lifetime appointment. Out goes octogenarian Ruth Bader Ginsburg who will finally retire, paving the way for Holder to rise to the High Court. Thus a greater imperative for the GOP to claim the Senate. Obama’s AG appointee will only serve two years maximum, while Holder, at 63, could serve upwards of a quarter century.

Keep the power in the hands of the people by electing Republicans to the Senate from Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia – pivotal states to a GOP majority. Simultaneously the Republicans must hold the states where there is little to no Democratic threat. Let’s ensure Holder’s retirement is permanent.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Monday, September 22, 2014

From $15 an Hour to Unemployment

From $15 an Hour to Unemployment
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
September 22, 2014

Aspiring to a $15 an hour fast food wage? Stop reading now. Just stop reading and go back to work mindlessly cleaning grease traps.

I’m not casting aspersions on grease traps, just those who see $15 as an end, not an illogical beginning. Stop reading because the following economics and history lessons will fall upon blind eyes and make too much sense to maintain your current way of myopic thinking.

The Federal minimum wage in the United States is $7.25 an hour and fast food workers are demanding a 207 percent wage increase. Imagine how that will affect the bottom line of any franchise surrendering to those demands.

Gone will be the dollar and budget menus that entice many who ultimately spend more. Gone will be sensible pricings that allow folks of modest means to patronize establishments from Arby’s to Wendy’s. When prices rise exponentially to cover the cost of increased wages, sales will decrease concomitantly, thus causing large scale layoffs to occur. Those making the $15 per hour wage will find themselves on the unemployment line. Ultimately entire businesses will be shuttered creating greater joblessness and dependency upon government.

An alternative plan, although less feasible, is to gather the workers together, tell them that half of them will need to be dismissed from their jobs in order to afford to pay the remaining half the 207 percent wage increase. Then, let them swing their own axes. Let the workers determine who should stay and who should go. With the decision making process on the workers’ shoulders, they will know they had an impact on whose jobs were lost and whose were salvaged first hand.

What these workers seem to have either forgotten or never learned, is that if they only aspire to a $15 an hour job, that is where they will remain – mired at the bottom of the economic food chain. By understanding that a minimum is simply that, a point from which to grow with learning and hard work, the employee will eventually climb the ladder toward real success.

Case in point, Jeff Stratton, who recently retired after 41 years with McDonald’s. Having started with the company at age 17, Stratton leaves having risen to the position of McDonald’s US president. Was Stratton handed the position of president? Of course not. He rose  through the ranks, no doubt having learned the business from the bottom up – sweeping, cleaning, frying, selling, supervising a shift, writing a schedule for the establishment, training new employees, learning purchasing and payroll procedures for one restaurant, then a region, and beyond, all the while learning the process for the next steps up the corporate ladder.

Learning both on the job and in school is also a key to success. Employers see success in the classroom as demonstrative of a person who can learn and be trained in the corporate setting, thus making those people valuable employees. These are employees who will understand the economics as discussed above and not just work hard to get ahead, but actually get ahead.

And, by the way, at $15 an hour, these unskilled, largely uneducated, transposable workers would surpass, in hourly earnings, substitute teachers, adjunct professors, and the average man and woman serving their country in the Armed Forces. Disgraceful the aforementioned do not earn more, but should also put into perspective the outlandish demands of fast food workers.

Instead of making such unreasonable demands as an employee easily replaceable, listen, ask questions, show up to work on time, work holidays and weekends when no one else wants to and make your own future. If not in the fast food business, the skills learned could be transferred elsewhere, but if not the skills, certainly the work ethic that will make you more valuable. Be the next Jeff Stratton by striving for personal betterment through personal responsibility.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11: Looking Back; Looking Ahead

9/11: Looking Back; Looking Ahead
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
September 11, 2014

On the anniversary of 9-11 we the American people find ourselves in a more precarious state than at any time since Barack Obama took office in 2009. Six years into his administration, there are more threats against American citizens and America as a whole from an increasing number of terrorist groups, more conflagrations around the globe; yet fewer solutions, and less demonstrable strength putting Americans and America in harm’s way.

There is a sad irony that Obama, after months, even more than a year, of dithering, hand wringing, and feigning concern seems to be heading back to Iraq after spending the entire 2012 campaign bragging to anyone who would listen that he ended the war in Iraq.

The irony is that his predecessor in the White House, George W. Bush was prophetic with his words on July 12, 2007. Bush said that leaving Iraq at that juncture would lead to losing Iraq to al-Qaeda and eventually they would confront an enemy more dangerous – enter ISIS/ISIL. (See “This is War, Mr. Obama”)

Bush led by actually leading, springing into action from day one while the horrific events of September 11, 2001 unfolded as 2,983 innocent people were murdered. Airplanes, hijacked by Muslim terrorists, were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, and a field in Shanksville, PA presumably headed for either the White House or the Capitol Building.

Yet, the fecklessness by which Obama operates has created an environment of many Americans – 45 percent – feeling less safe than before September 11, 2001. Coupled with an approval rating hovering around 30 percent, 60 percent of Americans support military action – air strikes at the very least – against ISIS as a matter of national security. Only 13 percent oppose any military action. Presumably they are spending more time at marijuana dispensaries in Colorado than anywhere else as destroying and eliminating ISIS/ISIL is a no-brainer after the beheadings of two American journalists, as well as the slaughter of countless Christians, children, and even Muslims.

While Americans and the United States as a whole rose like a phoenix under Bush, life under Obama has been a series of mixed messages, vainglorious behavior, and empty rhetoric. Such words were spoken on September 10, as Obama said “If you threaten America you will find no safe haven.” This from the same man who a week prior had no strategy for eviscerating ISIS/ISIL, saying they needed to be degraded and destroyed in one sentence, then said they needed to become a “manageable problem,” mere sentences later in the same speech. ISIS/ISIL is a terror network growing due to their ability to control and sell oil, bringing in millions of dollars. They are a cancer needing to be eradicated, not simply managed like unruly children in a classroom.

Obama appears more concerned about the Iraq-Syria border than the United States-Mexico border. Yet it his laissez-faire, open borders attitude making the latter more porous and of immediate issue to the American people – a people for whom Obama seems to have little regard as the floodgates remain open to any and all who are able to enter – including terrorists of the ISIS/ISIL, al-Qaeda, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood variety. The borders should have been shut down like a maximum security prison, but both Bush and Obama failed miserably on that count for various reasons. (See “What Southern Border?”)

Regardless, Obama seems hell-bent on defending Islam, as if the lessons of September 11 were not vivid enough to remain indelibly fixed into his memory. ISIS/ISIL is not Islamic, said Obama, adding that “no religion condones the killing of innocents; ISIL is not a state.” However, it is ISIL itself that takes pride in claiming it is Islamic and on a mission to create a worldwide caliphate. Obama still refuses to call the ongoing strife a war, as if not acknowledging it will somehow make it all go away. The only way for it to disappear is to destroy it wherever it exists – town by town, city by city, and nation by nation.

“Radical Islam is the enemy,” said Lt. Col. Oliver North.

So too is the political correctness that goes out of its way to not profile when profiling is one of the answers needed to limit the odds of the next 9-11. The enemy need only be accurate once, while the powers that be in the United States must be right 100 percent of the time. See also the failures involved in the catastrophe in Benghazi on this the second anniversary of the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Air Force veteran Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. (See “Obama Finally Calls Terror Attacks Terror”)

Looking ahead, Obama insists there will be a large coalition of nations to fight ISIS/ISIL, yet to date there are nine countries willing to join the United States. Compare to the 37 nations during the Bush administration aligned to fight the ongoing war on terror. Bush did not mince words and our allies knew where they stood – with the United States because Bush regarded them appropriately. Obama, conversely, has treated allies with disdain and open hostility while literally bowing to our enemies, thus proving he cannot be counted upon during this or a future crisis.

Never forget the real lessons of September 11, 2001. Remain ever vigilant. Teach the children the truth.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

This IS War, Mr. Obama

This IS War, Mr. Obama
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
September 3, 2014

Semantics be damned, Mr. Obama, this is WAR. You and that twit of a spokesperson at the State Department Jen Psaki can tap dance all day long about how you won’t assign labels, but to paraphrase a scene from the hilarious film Blazing Saddles, labels, we don’t need no stinkin’ labels.

ISIS is lopping off heads at a rate faster than you can get back to the golf course after a vacation speech where you feign concern over whatever crisis you are ignoring, Mr. Obama. Yes, Mr., not President, as I respect the office of president far too much to sully it by referring to you in that title. First James Foley, and now Steven Sotloff – American journalists who put themselves in harm’s way to ensure the world knew what dastardly, barbaric deeds the enemies of decency were perpetrating.

And as ISIS continues marching toward its goal of a global Islamic caliphate, you, Mr. Obama continue to dither and stick your finger in the air to determine which way the wind is blowing while fecklessly announcing to the world that “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse, but we don’t have a strategy yet.”

Obama’s idiotic admission to the world brings to mind another brilliant cinematic quote when Vito Corleone told his oldest son, the hotheaded Santino in The Godfather, “Never tell anyone outside the family what you are thinking.” Obama is no Sonny Corleone; sadly, Obama is more reminiscent of Fredo, a useless lounge lizard of a family traitor who can barely accomplish the simplest of tasks. What Obama did accomplish is returning to the golf course and attending numerous fundraisers.

And while Obama continues to glide emotionless through his second term in office, the national leader acting most like an actual world leader is Great Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron raised the terror threat level to “severe,” the second highest in the UK and he returned home from holiday, unlike his American counterpart, who remained on Martha’s Vineyard and did not cut short his vacation.

Cameron then issued a statement about ISIS that did not mince words. We “must confront it [at] home and abroad – and defeat it at its source,” calling Muslim extremism and terrorism a “poisonous ideology pre-dating 9/11.” Its roots even predate the Barbary Wars of 1801-05 during the Jefferson administration and 1815 during the Madison administration, as well as the Crusades spanning the eighth through 15th centuries.

That same day all Obama could muster was his announcement of a need for a strategy. Two weeks later, Obama, while in Estonia, could not even manage to offer a consistent plan within the same speech. First Obama said it was necessary to “degrade and destroy ISIS,” then backtracked mere sentences later indicating the need to make this “a manageable problem.”

Obama called for bringing the ISIS murderers to justice. Justice should be nothing less than a bullet to the head. There is only one way to deal with ISIS, ISIL, Hamas, or any other terrorist outlet, Mr. Obama, and that is to take Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) advice – “Kill them.” US Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) said he will introduce a bill authorizing the use of force.

This is not a partisan issue. Florida Senator Bill Nelson (D) supports giving Obama the tools by which to destroy ISIS and there are strong words from Vice President Joe Biden who said, “We will follow them to the gates of Hell… because Hell is where they will reside.” For once, Joe being Joe is a good thing! Lawmakers are demanding a clearly defined strategy in combating ISIS sooner rather than later.

ISIS is a terrorist organization making al-Qaeda look like a Boy Scout troop. If a hand of peace or friendship is extended to them, they will not only cut it off, but then slap you with the bloody stump. This is not a group with which to negotiate as their end goal is a Muslim caliphate including Sharia Law and hordes of dead Christians, Jews, and other so-called infidels.

Cameron is leading with confidence while Obama isn’t even leading from behind as he oft claims he will do. Obama is not leading, and he is most definitely behind, as this administration has had more than a year to generate a battle strategy. Obama, and by proxy, the United States, is a disrespected laughing stock on the world stage. Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas McInerny said that Obama’s inaction and lack of a clear strategy is “approaching dereliction of duty.”

Where are leaders like Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan? Neither that Democrat nor that Republican would take any crap and were presidents of action.  Action that would restore the United States to its rightful place in the global arena as a leader to be feared and respected as well as one that could be counted upon by its allies in times of distress. We are beyond the point of distress, Mr. Obama. Man up and do your job.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Firestorm in Ferguson

Firestorm in Ferguson
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 19, 2014

Shots are fired, a young man is dead, a community reacts in a criminal and emotional manner even before either the body is cold or before any of the facts are known.

Enter Al Sharpton, race-hustler extraordinaire and agitator, to emerge on the scene and make matters worse, not quell the violence, rioting, looting, and overall thugery by criminal opportunists in the name of civil rights and justice.

Prior to casting aspersions, save for the decades-long reputation legitimately earned by Sharpton, cooler heads prevailed in an effort to sift through the chaos, then determine where guilt or innocence lies and how to proceed from there.

What we have here is a classic failure to communicate – where actions clearly have spoken louder than words in the immediacy following the death of 18 year old Michael Brown. Brown has been held up as an innocent victim assassinated because of his color by a racist police force in a town that has endured revolutionary demographic change in the past four decades.

In 1970, the population of Ferguson, MO was 99 percent white and one percent black. Fast forward to 2010, and the black community had grown to reach a majority population of 67 percent, with the white population dropping to 29 percent. During this same period, the Ferguson police department has hardly changed with the times as but three of the 53 members of the force are black.

But in spite of those changes and lack of changes, one of the community’s own, Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol said “It’s not a black or white issue, it’s a community that needs to communicate.” However, it’s hard to communicate when the two sides are speaking different languages.

But as time has passed since the August 9 shooting death of Brown, reality has unfolded – officer Darren Wilson is probably not a racist, but perhaps an overzealous officer; and Brown is not the innocent “gentle giant” as his family described him. Six bullets struck Brown at close range – not in the back as a so-called witness averred, but in the front. Whether Brown was armed or not, his size, six foot-four inches tall and 290 pounds, was certainly imposing enough to warrant fear for the officer’s safety

Regardless of the circumstances behind the shooting of Brown, an adult, not a child as some of his supporters have called him, there was no excuse for the pillaging, plundering, looting, mayhem, and overall destruction of property that has allowed Ferguson to resemble downtown Beirut, Baghdad, or Benghazi.

What goes through the minds of these miscreants that foment this kind of violent behavior – and in their own communities? There is a historic consistency with these kinds of riots perpetuated in the false name of justice – a black man is killed and a feeding frenzy is authored by other black men not actually seeking justice, but seeking merchandise from their own community almost guaranteeing that community a further economic decline. Destruction in less affluent neighborhoods by thugs living in those neighborhoods only makes them less affluent and less of a neighborhood. In some cases businesses are forced to close and/or move leaving the residents with fewer choices and fewer jobs. While these hooligans are not the majority of the black community, they are the faces of that black community seen on worldwide news reports and private video gone viral.

An overwhelming white police department, apparently not adroit enough to combat this brand of domestic terrorism – first came out in force where battle ensued, then they held back, allowing more and more protests to occur, but with fewer arrests. The problem with the paucity of arrests is not the protests, peaceful protest is part of what the United States was founded upon, but the increase in assaults on local businesses – most black owned. Many of those owners arrived at their businesses with employees and/or friends armed to protect what they had worked hard to build and what the police could apparently not protect.

Eventually, Governor Jay Nixon (D) weighed in with calls for calm, yet supportive of peaceful protesting. This was further reiterated by Barack Obama. Neither voice has helped much as community outrage still reigns even following the footage depicting Brown robbing Ferguson Market & Liquor – stealing a box of cigars and roughing up a clerk much smaller than Brown.

The attorneys for the Brown family have described the film footage as an attempt to smear and assassinate Brown’s character. How is that possible? The camera doesn’t lie.

Stepping up attempts to squelch the felonious behavior of the reprobates who have violated the imposed curfew and continued thieving rampages, the National Guard have been marshaled to Ferguson by Nixon. Perhaps they might have a better notion of control over the situation versus the police force from Ferguson at times seeming as inept as that of the fictional Mayberry. In spite of the lack of preparedness of the local police in Ferguson, there is still no excuse for the rampant violence by the protesters – there is juxtaposition between the two situations.

The shooting of Michael Brown must be properly investigated and adjudicated if Wilson used excessive force and he should be held accountable. If not, Wilson should be abrogated of any wrong doing. Regardless of the disposition of any case against Wilson, all those involved with the criminal activities following Brown’s death also need be held accountable regardless of the severity of the violation.

School officials have cancelled classes for the remainder of the week – another mistake in the handling of this ugliness, especially in light of the curfew being lifted. The decisions being made in Ferguson by those in charge seem counterintuitive at best. If anything, Ferguson’s children need to be in school with as normal an existence as possible.

Nearly 50 percent of young black males are unemployed in Ferguson and the contiguous areas. This is a product of a dearth of education, which more often than not is a byproduct of the poor choices made by young people who have little in the way of a home life, often single-parent homes. There is a definite link to the bad behavior perpetrated in Ferguson.

Regardless of the origin of the violence, rioting, and looting, this is the kind of behavior that neither encourages businesses to move to a Ferguson nor promotes job growth, both keys to an economically stable community.

Ignoring or allowing these riots to continue only sends the message that this behavior is acceptable – further sinking the United States into anarchistic chaos and a deeper racial chasm. Having the likes of Al Sharpton present only makes matters worse with his incendiary language as he has made a career of racial strife and animus for decades. Obama did not help the situation with his on the one hand, on the other hand attempt to equate the riots and connected behavior with the shooting of Brown. None of the lawlessness should be tolerated and none of the looting or rioting is defensible.

What are needed are more voices of reason. “The role of Obama should be to condemn the lawbreakers,” said Jason Riley, editorial board member of the Wall Street Journal and author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder For Blacks To Succeed

Additionally, Kevin Jackson, founder of The Black Sphere ( agreed that Sharpton “does more harm than help and makes matters worse.” Jackson also does not excuse the degenerative behavior of the past week calling for personal responsibility and not the continued violence, theft, and destruction pandemic in far too many black communities.

“I am not going to let the criminals define this community,” said Captain Johnson.

There are no apologies for these statements above of fact and truth that others may deem racist. Problem is, far too many condemn truth as racist when the truth is ugly and painful. Recognize the truth and change the reality to create a new truth and a new dynamic – that of personal responsibility and pride in being able to resolve problems with brains, not belligerence or bellicosity.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Now They're Coming for the Christians

Now They’re Coming for the Christians
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 8, 2014

I am not a Christian, but I am emboldened to borrow the famous words of the prominent and self-sacrificing German Protestant minister Martin Niemoller (1892-1984) who endured seven years in Nazi concentration camps Sachsenhausen and Dachau before and during World War II (1937-45).

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”

The deafening silence must be broken. Not next month when Congress returns from its five week hiatus from shuffling papers and ignoring the will of the American people. Not in two weeks when Barack Hussein Obama returns from whatever current vacation he is on – so many it’s hard to keep track. Is it Hawaii? Is it Martha’s Vineyard? Either way, the time is now.

Now they are coming for the Christians. The “they” is ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), a Muslim terrorist organization of nothing short of filthy, maniacal, animals hell bent on the slaughter of Christian men, women, and children. ISIS, making al-Qaeda look like Boy Scouts by comparison, is sending notices to Christian communities throughout the Middle East, now currently in Iraq, that they must convert to Islam, flee with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, or die. Children are being beheaded in the ISIS attempt create a Muslim caliphate with the goal to “raise the flag of Mohammad in the White House.”

And yet, the silence remains thanks to feckless leadership, not just coming from Washington, DC, although Obama is certainly the league leader in fecklessness, but what about the leaders of Europe’s major nations, some of which are already being overrun by the Muslim hordes inflicting Sharia Law wherever possible with little resistance. There is talk of air strikes from the United States, but of course there remains the issue of collateral damage in the form of civilians.

The media attempts to run wars, yet are not a part of the Defense Department. Media tries to call the shots by reminding militaries that there are innocent civilians on the ground. No war is perfect or without civilian casualties and it would be foolish to attempt to run a war with that kind of thinking – detrimental to the troops themselves.

But the next burning question must be why is it always incumbent upon the United States of America to fight the world’s battles. Yes, American involvement seems necessary, but where are the British, French, Germans, Italians, and Spanish? How many Americans must die for the world? Where are the voices of British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy?

The European nations should be offering refuge to the thousands upon thousands of Christians literally fleeing for their lives from their homes and homelands while the barbaric horde of Muslim ISIS terrorist murderers attempts global domination and rule under the guise of religion. This from a people claiming theirs is a religion of peace. The same religion of peace burning down ancient churches, slaughtering Coptic Christians and Kurds, not to mention the thousands of Jews already killed in communities that have been free of Jews now for years.

The slaughter will only stop when there is a global commitment to not live in fear of these murdering animals and fight back. Stop them at the borders of each country. The European Union must work in concert to preserve a European Europe for the peaceful coexistence of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and people of other faiths in accordance to the rule of law.

It begins with the end of the spinelessness and cowardice by Obama and European leaders as well as the eradication of those seeking a global caliphate and potential apocalypse.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Israel, Hamas - No Equivalence - Moral or Otherwise

“One does not deal with terrorists; one does not bargain with terrorists; one kills terrorists.” – Rabbi Meir Kahane (1932-90)

Israel, Hamas – No Equivalence – Moral or Otherwise
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 29, 2014

I am a Zionist – an unabashed, unequivocal Zionist. That means I support the right of the State of Israel to not only exist, but to zealously defend her borders, her citizens, its way of life and to take any measures necessary to do so.

History, both recent – since the Balfour Declaration November 2, 1917, and Biblical, also supports the right of Israel to exist and fervently defend itself.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ardently stated often that “If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more war. If Israel put down their weapons, there would be no more Israel.”

These are some of the myriad incontrovertible truths that the overwhelming majority of humanity has forgotten – especially Barrack Hussein Obama – never a friend of Israel, as he has said, “Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people.” Obama’s declaration is demonstrative of how obtuse he truly is. After all, how much of a supporter of Israel could Obama be, having called for the return of the Jewish state to its pre-1967 War borders, shrinking its most narrow portion to under eight miles wide? Would Obama accept returning the United States to its pre-Mexican War borders?

To date, nearly 3,000 rockets have been launched from Gaza by the terrorist menace Hamas into Israel and Israel continues to be told by the likes of Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to exercise patience, discretion, and restraint. Eighty percent of Israel is within reach by these rockets, giving 80 percent of the Israeli population under two minutes to reach a bomb shelter. Such calls demonstrate the ignorance of Obama and Kerry, who doubtful would show restraint were a concomitant number of rockets fired into the United States. (Although judging by how Obama is handling the illegal alien crisis on the southern border, I could be wrong.) Does anyone think if 80 percent of the United States was under a constant rocket barrage in New York City, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Denver, Tulsa, San Antonio, among other jurisdictions that it would be taken lightly or with restraint? No way, Jose, nor should it be.

Diplomacy has failed, because the singular goal of Hamas is the destruction of the State of Israel and those who support its existence – not because Israel fires back, as the so-called mainstream media would have the gullible believe.

The cowardly Hamas hides behind its children, preferring to ensure their martyrdom by allowing their deaths – even at their own hands, as hundreds of Hamas’ own rockets are murdering Arab children. Israel has, and this has been their practice for years, given its enemies warnings via leaflets and other media of impending bombings to attempt to spare women and children. Israel does more to protect Arab children then the Arabs themselves.

Ironically, it was in 1967 when Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister 1969-74, said “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”

In Israel, minorities, Arabs, women, and homosexuals have more rights, freedoms, and protections than in any Arab nation. When the State of Israel was founded in May 1948 the hundreds of thousands of Arabs who fled, did so by choice. They were not expelled, threatened with death if they didn’t convert, such which is sadly happening to millions of Christians in Isis-dominated regions of the Middle East, they left under their own volition.

Now, generations later, these so-called refugees, still called that to this day, are in economically depressed circumstances by their own choosing. There are many educated, financially successful Arabs living in Israel. Arabs can even be elected to the Knesset in Israel. Yet, Israel is blamed for the so-called refugees enduring their chosen status. Did Jordan offer refuge? No. Syria? No. Qatar? No. Yemen? No. Iran? No. Kuwait? No. Saudi Arabia? No. Oman? No. Lebanon? No. Iraq? No. Egypt? No. Nor any other Arab/Muslim country, yet Israel is still vilified.

While Israel flourishes and prospers using its resources for good instead of evil, the residents of Gaza flounder as the overwhelming majority of their resources are used for evil rather than good, thanks in large part to Iran and Qatar who gleefully fund Hamas and Gazans.

Five cease fires have been accepted by Israel when they have no obligation to do so, as they are permanently playing defense, only this is no game, but the life and death struggle of a nation the size of New Jersey surrounded on all sides by enemies wishing and fighting for Israel’s destruction. In fact, Hamas violated its own cease fire in an effort to paint a negative picture of Israel by firing on its own children.

Netanyahu smartly stated he would no longer worry about the public relations aspect of the current war started against Israel. The public relations wars can never be won by Israel as they face regular condemnation from the United Nations, the global media, and also the Obama administration and its Democratic apologists like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

There can never be a cease fire as long as Hamas exists. Their mission is the destruction of Israel – even at the expense of its own children. Defeating Hamas is not good enough. In fact, the Hamas mission statement says “Israel will exist, and continue to exist, until Islam obliterates it.” Clearly there is no negotiating with such a terrorist entity calling for global jihad and further promises to kill every Jew in the world.

It is the tunnels that must be obliterated and all aid used for munitions and arms must be halted. For even when Hamas is no more, there will be Isis, the Muslim Brotherhood,  Hezbollah, the next group, and the group after that, all hell bent on the evisceration of Israel, the Jewish people, and Zionists the world over. If J Street in Washington, DC recognizes the need for Israel to zealously defend itself, this should be a no-brainer for the rest of humanity.

The Jewish people went like lambs to the slaughter during the Holocaust and were questioned as to why they didn’t defend themselves. The State of Israel learned from that vital lesson and understands well what former president Ronald Reagan meant by “peace through strength.”

The great rabbi Meir Kahane, of Blessed memory, (1932-90) also understood well the mentality of Israel’s foes. “Above all, it is not decency or goodness of gentleness that impresses the Middle East, but strength.” He further added, what is a fatal flaw of the United States, as the current influx of illegal alien children will prove out, “One of the great problems with Americans is that – being a decent people – they assume that everyone else is equally decent.”

“Israel will take whatever action is necessary to put a stop to these attacks by Hamas. This is not merely our right, it’s also our duty,” declared Netanyahu. Amen, Mr. Prime Minister, Amen.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.