Firefighters, police, EMT's, soldiers showed up, first by the score, then by the dozen, finally by the hundreds. Each hero committing their own separate acts of courage great and small.
Those who witnessed it live or on TV will never forget that day. It's one of those events of such magnitude you remember where you were, who you were with, and what you were doing at the time. Some memories fade over time, this is one we should hope won't, lest we forget what it is we never want to go through again.
Early 2016 saw the presidential race go into full swing. It seems like a lifetime ago, but the year started with Presidential debates, the most interesting being those on the Republican side. 16 men and one woman began their campaigns in earnest.
It can be difficult sometimes finding a favorite, or best article of the past year. This year one post came immediately to mind. The following is a reblog of an article I wrote back in October. Most of the time I'm writing about broad, abstract ideas like liberty and conservatism. This one was a little … Continue reading 2016 in Review: Syrian Christians in the Crossfire
The individuals who committed these acts on two continents in pursuit of different goals both confused evil for good, vengeance for justice, and wrong for right. For that we can and should describe both as terrorists.
If there is an active FBI investigation, and the subject attempts to buy a gun and is denied because he or she is flagged, does that not alert the subject to the fact they are being investigated? What if the person is innocent? Would they have to prove their innocence in order to regain their second amendment rights? That's not how our system works. In out system, you are innocent until proven guilty.
We have to understand what our enemy does not-- that every human life is sacred, not just those we approve of, or those we can relate to, but all lives.
Two European capitals have been attacked, two capitals of NATO countries, by the same Islamic terrorist group. This group holds land, has a government infrastructure, finances-- it acts in every way like a nation state. It has attacked so far four NATO countries, Belgium, France, Turkey, and the U.S., yet article five of the NATO charter has yet to be invoked, the article that states an attack against one member is an attack against all.