Thursday, December 10, 2015

What Will it Take?

Written November 15, 2015
By Amy Galvez

"It's not an American Fight."  Words by Hillary Clinton during the democratic debate just one day after ISIS killed 129 and wounded over 200 in Paris on November 13th.   During the attack a terrorist was heard saying "American blood is best and we will taste it soon"  This, coming on the heels of ISIS blowing up a Russian jetliner over Egypt on October 31st, killing 224 people. Just before the Paris attack, 43 were killed and 200 injured by ISIS in Beirut when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a shopping district. This just hits the high profile attacks of the last two weeks.  How many more were killed by ISIS in Iraq and Syrai during that time?

ISIS has infiltrating and is carrying out attacks in not only neighboring countries, but in those  outside of the tumultuous Middle East. When does this become an American Fight?  Will President Obama stay the course of Foreign policy driven by political expedience?  Make no mistake about it, decisions regarding national security and use of the military are politically driven and must fit the agenda. We've seen him repeatedly ignore assessments and recommendations from military leaders with intricate knowledge of threats and insight as to what should be done to mitigate those threats. And repeatedly, we've seen many of these high level military leaders relieved of duty because they dared to present facts to the president.

"No boots on the ground."  How many times have we  heard those words uttered from the president and his administration?  President Obama pledged to not be drug into another ground war in Iraq.  After all, he ended the war in Iraq.  That was the narrative and that's the agenda. Obama conceded and allowed limited airstrikes against ISIS but he gave no help to the peshmerga who begged for U.S. help, and with the right equipment could have made a serious dent in the expansion of ISIS .  But with the need to look like he was engaged and appear that he was taking action,  no boots on the ground turned into boots on the ground but "not in combat".  A U.S. Soldier was killed while "not in combat" on October 22nd in a raid led by Iraqi troops to free 70 hostigaes . The president has placed American troops in the path of the most brutal terrorists in modern times, but it's "not combat".  Using the military in this manner, putting them in harm's way with a battle plan of political expedience, makes President Obama unfit to lead the military. 

The downing of the Russian jet by ISIS didn't seem to phase us much, but will the coordinated and devastating terrorist attacks by ISIS in Paris get the attention of our president?  We say we stand with Paris but we'll do nothing.  It's not an American fight.  Why not?  They said they're coming for us.  Why don't we believe them?  Does anyone really think ISIS does not need to be stopped? One would think self preservation would kick in and we'd pull out all the stops to destroy ISIS so they don't carry out attacks here. But that's not likely with this administration.  No one likes war, and especially me  War cost my family dearly.  But they have declared war on us and saying we don't like war will result in devastation.

Where much is given, much is required.  The greatness of America is not just for us to live comfortably.  Our greatness requires we do what others can't.  We must lead in the fight agains ISIS, not only for our own future, but for the future existence of others.  

Master Sgt Joshua Wheeler killed in Iraq freeing hostages taken by ISIS.
Our hearts go out to him, and his family.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Prayers have been answered and John Boehner announced he is resigning. Boehner stonewalled when it came to putting forth strong conservative principles - those that hold firm to the Constitution and traditional American values. Instead of standing up and fighting for what's right for America he offered excuses. If he wasn't guaranteed success, it seemed he'd give up. Conservatives are screaming to "pass it and let Obama veto it!" Make Obama go on the record with his vetos, don't forgo a vote because you won't win or it might cause confrontation. Getting along was more important than doing what's right. A Republican controlled congress was elected for a reason. We need strong people who will stand for the principles this nation was founded on, and not back down in the face of opposition. Even if you can't win, at least try. Make your stand and try. Instead, we got surrender.

Replacing Boehner as Speaker means a true conservative will be in the driver's seat! Not so fast. It appears the Kevin McCarthy from California will most likely replace Boehner. McCarthy is an establishment moderate who most believe would not stand firm on the most important issues we face. With McCarthy, we may not notice much difference from a Boehner Speakership. This must not happen.

Anyone can be nominated for Speaker so it's not a given that McCarthy has to step into the position. It's important that House conservatives reach a consensus on who best represents American principles and can provide strong leadership, then band together and support that person with their vote. House Republicans, don't waste the opportunity to elect a Speaker who will aggressively fight for American principles. We're praying for you as you make this very important decision.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Thank You Dr. Ben Carson for Stating the Obvious

"I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,”  Islam is not  “consistent with the Constitution.”  Words by Ben Carson that got him in hot water over the weekend when a question was posed to him on Meet the Press.  But wait, I thought we wanted straight talkers.  That's why we like Donald Trump so much.  

Is Islam really inconsistent with the Constitution?  It is well known that the Constitution was founded on Godly Christian principles.  With those Christian precepts is the freedom to worship whatever god you choose, in whatever way you choose, without risk of harm or punishment.  However, when it comes to the leadership of this nation, voters must examine the character of a person.  Do their values and beliefs align with  American values and the Constitution?  

Most Muslims see Sharia law as the revealed word of god and many believe Sharia should be the law of the land.  Here are a few things Sharia law covers:

•  Theft is punishable by amputation of the right hand.
•  Criticizing or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
•  Criticizing or denying Muhammad is a prophet is punishable by death.
•  Criticizing or denying Allah is punishable by death.
•  A Muslim who becomes a non-Muslim is punishable by death.
•  A non-Muslim who leads a Muslim away from Islam is punishable by death.
•  A non-Muslim man who marries a Muslim woman is punishable by death.
•  A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is nine years old.
•  A woman can have one husband, but a man can have up to four wives.
•  A man can unilaterally divorce his wife but a woman needs her husband's consent to divorce.
•  A man can beat his wife for insubordination.
•  Testimonies of four male witnesses are required to prove rape against a woman.
•  A woman who has been raped cannot testify in court against her rapists.
•  A woman's court testimony, allowed only in property cases, carries half the weight of a man's.
•  A female heir inherits half of what a male heir inherits.
•  A woman cannot drive a car, as it leads to fitnah (upheaval).
•  A woman cannot speak alone to a man who is not her husband or relative.
•  Muslims should engage in taqiyya and lie to non-Muslims to advance Islam.

Where are women's rights in this?  Where is due process?  Where is freedom?  Take careful note of the last line which states Muslims should engage in taqiyya, which means LYING TO ADVANCE ISLAM . Well, I wonder how taqiyya plays into the Iran deal? 

With increasing numbers of Muslims in the US, there have been several court cases come up in which civil law was in conflict with Sharia law.  Most states have introduced bills banning courts from accommodating sharia law.  Only a few states have been able to pass the ban! In most states, bills have been struck down due to well-financed Muslim groups fighting against it.  THIS SHOULD SHOCK EVERYONE!  

Having said this, many Muslims in the US would say they align more with. American values. As Christians, we are to love one another as Christ loves us. I would submit that Muslims in the US for the most part, are treated with respect and do not face discrimination by most people. However, we are to use good judgement and discernment when choosing leaders for our nation. So thank you Dr. Ben Carson for stating the obvious; Islam is not consistent with the Constitution and a Muslim should not be put in charge of this nation!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Trump Phenomenon; Time Will Tell

I love what Donald Trump has done for the party.  He has generated interest in the primary process like we've never seen before.   Americans are starving for a strong leader and at the moment Trump is it.  For years, we've wanted to spit in the face of political correctness which has backed us into a corner and defined our thoughts, motives and character.  We see common sense coming from the Trump camp saying the things we've all wanted to say but knew we'd offend someone if we did.  If Donald's not offending someone, give him a few minutes.  When was the right not to be offended added to the Bill of Rights? Instead of being handcuffed by the political process, he would leverage it and use it to his advantage.

Do people like his egocentric bulldog style or do they like what he stands for?  Does he really stand for conservative values? Most conservatives would say no.  As of late we're seeing more cases where the bulldog has become a bigger bully showing blatant disrespect for others.  He's long on pep rallies and short on policy specifics.  Nonetheless, he is a force to be reckoned with and I like the enthusiasm he has generated.

Perhaps if the republican House and Senate would show some backbone, we'd have more confidence that a well mannered conservative president could produce results. Congress has tainted many of us who believed the Republican majority would act with conviction and boldness.  Sadly they have let us down in the worst way.  Are we willing to take that chance on our next president? While most of the republican candidates look strong, right now people are more interested in someone they know will take the bull by the horns regardless of who doesn't like it.  Only time will tell if conservatives will stay true to their roots or bank on the bulldog.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Paying the Price for Doing the Right Thing

What does an Army Captain and Sgt 1st Class do when they find out an Afghan boy has been
repeatedly raped and his mother beaten by the Afghan local police? In 2011 the Army was sent to train and mentor the Afghan local police in Kunduz Province. They were not only being trained, but also equipped, armed and paid with our tax dollars. Some of these men were known to the Army as corrupt police officials who were carrying out beatings, honor killings and rapes. Captain Quinn and Sgt 1st Class Martland did what we would expect any honorable Soldier to do. They intervened on behalf of the boy and his mother. They confronted Police Commander Abdul Rahman. When Rahman laughed it off, Quinn and Martland shoved him to the ground. It was the only way to get their point across, according to Quinn. "As a man, as a father of a young boy myself at the time, I felt obliged to step in to prevent further repeat occurrences".

For shoving Abdul Rahman the Army relieved both men of their positions and reassigned them pending the outcome of an investigation. Quinn voluntarily separated from the Army. Martland being a Green Beret with eleven years of service desired to continue his career.  But because Martland was relieved for cause and there is a negative mark on his service record, he is being involuntarily discharged from the Army.  Once again common sense is no where to be found.

We expect honorable Soldiers to stand up for innocent children. Why isn't military leadership standing up for these men?  Unfortunately it's coming directly from the top.  Our president has repeatedly shown contempt for the military. He has taken steps to all but strip away the military's ability to be an effective force. There has been a systematic purging of those in military leadership who disagree with the president.  The serving men and women are caught between obeying orders and a command structure who won't stand up for them because they can't.  
These are dire times when good men are punished and destroyed  while our government elevates those who are evil.

We're thankful that men and women of integrity and good character continue to be willing to serve and sacrifice for our nation.  But how do we expect people to continue to enlist in the military when service men and women are seen as pawns in a political game by those who are in authority? 

Monday, August 31, 2015

All Lives Matter 25,000 Person March Not Worthy of News

Many of us have heard about the black lives matter march in Minnesota that took place over the weekend.  The hateful chants, "pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon" of the 325 protesters has played over and over on national news broadcasts. Is the  hateful and disgusting message a call to action?  Whether it's the intent  of the group or not, some seem to be taking it as such.  In a shameful display the protest took place following the murder of a Houston Deputy who was simply filling his car with gas.

So what about the 25.000 person march in Birmingham, Alabama that took place the very same day?  Did you hear about that?   The peaceful marchers held signs that read "All Lives Matter", "Unity", "Love One Another",  God is the Answer",  "Justice" with a picture of Abraham Lincoln and "Courage" with a picture of Frederick Douglass.  Alveda King was heard singing "Jesus Loves the Little Children" along with other marchers.   Why isn't that news?   All Lives Matter  stands against evil and respects all people. That's the message we should be promoting. 

Why was the media silent on this march?  Say what you will but this was a news story and most of the media did not cover it.  Especially in light of the cold blooded killing of Houston Deputy Darren Goforth, this march mattered.  The majority of people are loving, kind, decent and respectful.   It's part of the story and the media should show it. 

The Birmingham march was organized by conservative Glenn Beck.  Bishop Jim Lowe, pastor  Guiding Light Church in Birmingham, co-organized the event.  Estimates placed the crowd between 20,000 and 30,000.  No arrests were made at this march. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Chattanooga Lt Cmdr Being Charged with Firearm Violations. Common Sense Takes a Holiday.

Lt Cmdr White from the Chattanooga Reserve Service Center where four Marines and one Sailor were gunned down, will be brought up on charges by the Navy for using his personal firearm to defend himself and other military personnel while they were being sprayed with bullets.

There are many, many issues today that should rally the American people to action and this is one of them. When our military is made the bad guy when they are under attack by radical Islamic terrorist, on our own soil, and their most basic human right of self defense is prohibited, you have to ask yourself why. It makes no logical sense. What is the agenda here?  There is an expectation that somehow common sense will factor in the investigation but apparently that was not the case.

The rule of law in this nation is selectively applied at best, if not deliberately manipulated to fulfill an agenda. The decision to charge Lt Cmdr White is completely devoid of any form of common sense. Rather it should cause the Navy to question why they are leaving their personnel vulnerable and pursue changes to make them safer.  Lt. Cmdr White discharged his firearm on federal property in violation for Navy regulations and federal law.  That's a fact.  It's also a fact that he fired his weapon at someone who was in the process of murdering many people as possible.  This is the Navy's chance to stand up and do the right thing. It's time for common sense to prevail.