For five hundred years Ancient Rome was the world's only major superpower. Although the Empire showed signs of weakening as early as the fourth century that Rome could ever fall was inconceivable to Romans and their enemies alike. Yet by A.D. 500, Roman power was only a memory, and Germanic barbarians had taken the "Eternal City" for their own.
Scholars have offered countless theories for why Rome fell, but one unquestionable factor-and perhaps the only one that mattered in the end-was the slow and eventually irreversible erosion of its military readiness. Today, many Americans are deeply concerned that our own military is headed down a similar path.
Every sensible person wants to live in a peaceful country, but there are two fundamentally different views of how to best achieve this. The first holds that war is an inevitable part of the human experience and that the best way to achieve peace is to make one's country an unattractive target for would-be attackers. The second view sees war as an anomaly that must have a specific and treatable cause. Eliminate the "cause," and you can have world peace. The first view is often associated with constantly strengthening one's defense capabilities, while the latter may be associated with greater reliance on efforts to appease one's enemies. more >>
Obama administration officials trekked out to a tiny rural community in southern Virginia to teach the local yokels a thing about immigration policy. Yet the lessons learned were not by the local farmers but by the bureaucrats who got more than an earful in protests against placing illegal aliens in their small town of Lawrenceville.
"We will not be strong-armed by federal officials," bellowed one resident at the town hall, a 32-year-old former Marine named Aaron Smith. "We will not be pushed around," he exclaimed against the federal officials, as the crowd of townspeople gave him rousing applause.
Lawrenceville has only about 1,400 residents, and the town hall was held on June 19 in a spacious auditorium that seats 900. But even that large facility was not big enough to hold the outrage, as more than 1,000 angry people -- nearly everyone in the town -- showed up to express opposition to the Obama administration plan to relocate illegal immigrant children there. more >>
Is the IRS lying about Lois Lerner's lost emails? The prevailing sentiment in America today could be answered with a series of rhetorical questions, like, is the ocean wet? Do birds fly? Does the sun shine?
On Monday night, June 23rd, I posted this question on my Facebook page: "Do you believe the IRS destroyed emails that directly incriminated the White House?"
One hour later, the post had been viewed by almost 7,300 people and there were 163 comments, virtually of all, which answered in the affirmative. more >>
Howard Schultz, the Starbucks chairman and CEO who announced last week that the global coffee giant is offering free tuition to all of its employees who work 20 hours a week or more, said he understands the plight of the poor because he's witnessed the dismantling of the American dream in his own family.
"When I grew up as a poor kid in Brooklyn I saw the fracturing of the American dream. My parents did not have health insurance — I saw that firsthand," Schultz told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
"I'm scarred with what it meant to grow up on the other side of the tracks. I feel the vulnerability and the shame of what that meant as a poor kid. And I see these kids and families and my heart goes out to them," he continued. more >>
Former Secretary of State and 66-year-old grandmother-to-be Hillary Clinton is suffering from a bad heart and President Barack Obama believes the American people deserve a fresher face than hers in the 2016 presidential election, according to author Edward Klein in his new book, Blood Feud.
"She (Hillary) had managed to keep her medical history secret out of fear that, should it become public, it would disqualify her from becoming president," notes Klein in an excerpt from the book highlighted by Drudge Report.
Klein claims in the book that Clinton, who is widely seen as the front runner to become the Democratic nominee for the 2016 presidential election if she decides to run, was diagnosed with a heart condition after she had a fainting spell during her time at the United States Department of State. more >>
A private academic institution based in Colorado was granted an injunction from the Department of Health and Human Services' birth control mandate.
Colorado Christian University will not have to pay a fee for refusing to provide certain types of birth control effective July 1, ruled a Denver federal judge.
Filed last Friday, District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn concluded that Colorado Christian University could be unnecessarily burdened by the HHS mandate of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," and that CCU will likely win its suit against the Obama administration. more >>