The Youth Vote Is Key To Saving America

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Barack Obama was ushered into the Oval Office by a wave of young supporters and first-time voters in 2008. However, they are now among those most disillusioned with Obama and his regime, and they are the ticket to winning the 2016 presidential election and preserving the heart and soul of our republic.

Politico recently posted a story that started with the words, “Coming soon to a battleground state near you: White House campaigns combining census reports with Instagram and Twitter posts to target teenagers who aren’t yet 18 but will be by Election Day 2016.”

With more than 8 million young people becoming eligible to vote in 2016, prospective presidential campaigns are already seeking ways to win over 16- and 17-year-olds across our county.

Obama won his two presidential elections because of his campaign’s slick strategies in targeting the millennial generation. In 2012, Obama carried two-thirds of the youth vote. In fact, so powerful was their vote that a Tufts University study revealed that if Mitt Romney had merely split that youth vote with Obama, he would be president today.

Chief among Obama’s campaign tactics to sway young voters was to exacerbate the country’s disillusionment with Republicans, especially former President George W. Bush. But the tides have turned since then — big-time — and the millennials are now increasingly disillusioned with Obama and Democrats.

I understand that millennials generally are independent but vote Democratic, are less conservative and more liberal, believe in marriage equality and climate change, are anti-death penalty and anti-guns, are pro-marijuana legalization, favor big-government solutions, and are neither particularly patriotic nor very religious.

Yet I know that millennials love their country, believe in governmental activism, know the power of local community involvement, are open to truth, are willing to be challenged, and have never been more disillusioned with President Obama and his fellow Democrats than they are today.

In October, Harvard’s Institute of Politics published a poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds. Obama’s approval rating among young voters had dropped from a soaring 70 percent in the honeymoon months of 2009 to 40 percent, including record dips among young Hispanics.

Of course, disillusionment and dissatisfaction with predecessors is key to winning any election. It is virtually equivalent to the value of having the right candidate. In light of the 2016 presidential election, that means a winning campaign must have a candidate with a strong appeal to younger generations, not one who can merely address their needs.

I agree with Vincent Harris, digital director for Rand Paul’s political operation, who said, “It’s got to be the right candidate with the right message to excite and motivate that age demographic, with so many distractions in their life, to register and then turn out.”

No doubt we all want to see our values represented in a candidate of our liking, but the desire is even larger for America’s youngest voting generations. The right candidate’s influence among them cannot be underestimated.

At the same time, there is still a high level of social and political mistrust among millennials. Therefore, I believe, for the next two years, we the people have a unique ability to help change our country by reaching out to young people in our own lives and our circles of influence. We shouldn’t wait for our political party or presidential candidate to lead the way in reaching young voters. At the very least, as parents and grandparents, we need to be the primary models, mentors, and motivators in the lives of youths and not leave those roles to other educators or influencers.

As trusted loved ones and friends, we need to educate, inspire, and challenge millennials to fight for what’s right in America, not merely what may be generationally favored, socially expedient, or of personal interest. We must remind them of the importance of our republic’s history and legacy and that it’s all of our duty to set aside self and uphold the founding tenets of our country — to fight to preserve what has been handed to us. If we lay the groundwork in young people’s lives, they will be more apt to align themselves with a candidate who does the same, even if he or she runs on a platform that’s a bit contrary to their generational preferences or agenda.

As I wrote in my New York Times best-seller, Black Belt Patriotism, in the chapter “Calling All Millennials!”:

“Millennials are the future of America, but are not connected to its past. Due to our distortions and revisions of history, and oversights in education, the Founders are simply folklore but not a legacy to follow. Young Americans are willing to move America forward, but don’t see any other way ahead beyond the creation of a more socially-conscious, domestically-strong, globally-peaceful nation. But we must help them to hear the voices of the distant past, and that they share commonalities with early Americans.

“But herein lies their potential soft spot: Millennials can too easily be swayed by slick-sellers of tolerance and compassion, because jumping off the bandwagon of bigotry is their allegiance and generational calling card. From popsicles to politics, truth can be too easily obscured, obliterated, and even abandoned, in their pursuit of domestic welfare, unity, and acceptance.

“That is why I don’t (and we must not) shy away from encouraging and challenging millennials’ quest to broaden their thinking even to consider the potential benefits of and truths in those things their peers might generally refuse or oppose (like conservative beliefs, dogmatism, national security, government, etc.). It’s good to have a healthy skepticism before you are sold on a decision, but we also want to caution throwing the baby out with the bathwater. As it says in Proverbs, ‘The wise in heart will be called discerning.’

“If we’re going to win the culture war, we need the millennials to do it. There is no way around it. We need to reengage with our young people and plug them into America’s glorious past so they can build a brighter future.”

Of course, calling up the reserves of younger generations to save America is about far more than winning a presidential election. It’s about truly valuing the work of our Founding Fathers, saving the memory and fabric of our republic, and leaving a legacy and perpetuating the very heart and soul of the country that we love.

I’m back to that profound truth articulated by President Ronald Reagan: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well-taught lessons of how they, in their lifetime, must do the same. And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.”

COPYRIGHT 2015 CHUCK NORRIS

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While People Protest, Police Officers Are Being Killed All Over The Country

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While many in the nation, from Oakland to New York, rally in protest over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, I keep wondering: What about the good cops? As with our military personnel, we are often quick to hang the allegedly corrupt but slow to honor those who serve honestly to protect.

According to the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, there are more than 900,000 of them who are serving in the United States; about 12 percent are women.

The FBI reported that there were 404 incidents of “justifiable homicide” by American police in 2011. That is a high number, especially when compared with other countries. As Business Insider reported, “by comparison, just six people were killed by police in Australia over the same period. Police in England and Wales killed only two people, and German police killed six.”

What BI doesn’t explain, however, is that 150 U.S. law enforcement officers are killed in the line of duty every year. Did you know that one cop is killed in the line of duty roughly every two days?

First, it’s important to note what our uniformed guardians of good are really up against. According to the NLEOMF, in the U.S.:

–“According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes occurred nationwide in 2011.”

–“On average, over the last decade, there have been 58,261 assaults against law enforcement each year, resulting in 15,658 injuries.”

–“Since the first recorded police death in 1791, there have been over 20,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.”

–“A total of 1,501 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 58 hours or 150 per year.”

–“There were 100 law enforcement officers killed in 2013.”

–“The deadliest day in law enforcement history was September 11, 2001, when 72 officers were killed while responding to the terrorist attacks on America.”

–“New York City has lost more officers in the line of duty than any other department, with 697 deaths. Texas has lost 1,675 officers, more than any other state.”

In fact, while citizens have been rallying in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York, in just the past month, a dozen cops have been killed across our country by murderous thugs or unfortunate accidents in the line of duty.

Let me put some flesh to these statistics. Here are the recently fallen in just the month of November, according to the NLEOMF:

–Officer Ernest Montoya, Navajo Division of Public Safety. Montoya suffered a fatal heart attack while transporting a prisoner, whom he had just arrested. Montoya was the fourth law enforcement fatality in Arizona in 2014. He is survived by his wife and five children.

–Agent Edwin Roman-Acevedo, San Juan (Puerto Rico) Police Department. Roman-Acevedo was shot and killed while attempting to stop an armed robbery while off duty. He is survived by his wife and one child.

–Deputy Sheriff Bart Hart, Elmore County (Alabama) Sheriff’s Office. Hart was on duty and had just left the scene of an accident involving a deer when he was struck by another car and killed. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

–Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith, Leon County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office. Smith was shot and killed in an ambush while responding to a house fire. He leaves behind his wife and two children.

–Sgt. Alex Martinez, Willacy County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office. Martinez was killed in a single-vehicle crash. He was the 11th law enforcement fatality in Texas this year.

–Sgt. Jeffrey Greene, Union County (North Carolina) Sheriff’s Office. Greene’s patrol car was stopped in a turn lane when a tractor-trailer rolled over onto it. Green is survived by his wife, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

–Officer Justin Winebrenner, Akron (Ohio) Police Department. Winebrenner was shot and killed while confronting an armed suspect who was causing a disturbance in a crowded tavern near closing time. He is survived by his 4-year-old daughter.

–Investigator Holmes Smith, Clarendon County (South Carolina) Sheriff’s Office. Smith, a 19-year law enforcement veteran, ran off the road and died after a meeting about a car theft case. He leaves behind a wife and five children.

–Deputy Sheriff Darrell Perritt, Maury County (Tennessee) Sheriff’s Department. Perritt was killed in a single-vehicle crash while responding to help another deputy involved in a pursuit of a DUI suspect. He leaves behind his wife and three kids.

–Deputy Sheriff Matthew Chism, Cedar County (Missouri) Sheriff’s Office. Chism was shot and killed after a vehicle chase and foot pursuit. He leaves behind his wife and small child.

–Constable Robert White, El Paso County (Texas) Constable’s Office, Precinct 1. White was fatally injured while struggling with a suspect during a security detail. He is survived by his wife and four children.

I’m not telling anyone not to protest. That’s your constitutional right and freedom of speech at work. What I am saying is that if you’re going to speak up against one cop whom you believe to be corrupt, then at least extend a hand of gratitude to another who’s doing his or her job well.

This hits a little close to home because I am very pro-law enforcement and have many friends who are amazing officers. I am even an honorary Texas Ranger. I also married a cop! My wife, Gena, is a former correctional corporal and reserve deputy sheriff in her hometown in Northern California.

The truth is that most of the time across the country, injuries occur between cops and civilians not because cops have a power problem but because civilians are breaking the law. If they obeyed the laws of the land or paused to respect the badge a little bit more, the injuries to both civilians and law enforcement would be minuscule.

Apropos are the words of our Savior — whose birth we celebrate this month — reminding us of the sacrifice he and many of our law enforcement officers have made: “Greater love has no one than this: that one lay down his life for another.”

Gena and I wish everyone in law enforcement a very merry and safe Christmas as we salute the red, white, and true blue!

 

COPYRIGHT 2014 CHUCK NORRIS

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Following In The Footsteps Of Dorie Miller: A Solution For Ferguson

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For days, nearly every news media outlet has been consumed with the Ferguson fallout. From coast to coast, pundits and populations have been debating the efficacy of justice and demonstrations. But maybe a true solution for Ferguson — and every other social skirmish like it — can only be found in changing the narrative. I think I found it — or him — at Pearl Harbor, and just in time for its 73rd anniversary.

You know the history. On a quiet Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on U.S. military bases on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Two waves of 353 fighter planes hit military installments. The first was at Pacific Naval Air Base, destroying or crippling 36 seaplanes and killing or wounding 84 Americans. Seven minutes later, the Japanese hit Pearl Harbor, where 96 U.S. warships were anchored. All eight battleships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were sunk or badly damaged. Amazingly, all of America’s aircraft carriers were untouched. One hundred eighty-eight U.S. aircraft were destroyed. Of the 2,335 Americans killed, 1,102 were aboard the USS Arizona.

Seven of the wasted U.S. battleships — excluding the USS Arizona — were eventually raised, six of them deployed in World War II battle. Most inspirational, however, were the myriad heroic stories that also surfaced from the devastating day that “will live in infamy.” Here’s one about an unexpected hero who can still inspire the extraordinary in all of us.

Doris “Dorie” Miller grew up in Waco, Texas, tending to his father’s farm and playing football. He was 19 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1939. Dorie wanted to improve his life, serve his country, see the world, and earn some money to help out back home, according to National Geographic.

Clark Simmons, who was a mess attendant on the USS Utah during the attack on Pearl Harbor, explained: “You have to understand that when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president in 1932, he opened up the Navy again to blacks, but in one area only; they were called mess attendants, stewards and cooks. The Navy was so structured that if you were black, this was what they had you do in the Navy; you only could be a servant.”

What we regard now as racial restrictions, Miller saw as opportunities. So he joined the Navy as a mess attendant 3rd class, but it didn’t stop there. He was promoted to 2nd class and then 1st class and eventually to ship’s cook 3rd class. He even became the heavyweight champion boxer on board his battleship.

Miller served on the ammunition ship Pyro and then was assigned to the USS West Virginia battleship in 1940. On Dec. 7, 1941, that battleship was in port at Pearl Harbor, and Miller was aboard.
Even cooks had assigned combat duties in case of emergencies, so when the Japanese hit Pearl Harbor, Miller rushed to his battle station — an anti-aircraft battery magazine. After seeing that his battle station was damaged, he hurried to the above decks to help the wounded.

Simmons described the scene: “The captain and the executive officer, the ‘XO,’ were on the bridge, and they both were injured. So Dorie Miller went up and physically picked up the captain and brought him down to the first-aid station. And then he went back and manned a .50-caliber machine gun, which he had not been trained on.”

After the battle, Miller himself explained: “It wasn’t hard. I just pulled the trigger, and she worked fine. I had watched the others with these guns. I guess I fired her for about 15 minutes. I think I got one of those (Japanese) planes. They were diving pretty close to us.”

In May 1942, Miller became the first black man to receive the Navy Cross for bravery in the line of fire, which Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, the commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet, personally presented to Miller on board the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. In addition to the Navy Cross, Miller was honored with the Purple Heart; the American Defense Service Medal, Fleet Clasp; the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal.

The Doris Miller memorial website tells that he visited his Waco home and family for the last time during a Christmas leave in 1942. Afterward, he continued his service in the Pacific aboard a new escort carrier, the USS Liscome Bay. But on Nov. 24, 1943, during the Battle of Tarawa, the ship was torpedoed, killing 646 of its 918 sailors, including Dorie.

In honor of his life, service, and sacrifices, the U.S. Navy commissioned a new frigate, the USS Miller, in 1973. It is only the third naval ship to be named after a black sailor. The U.S. Navy also honored him by naming a dining hall, a barracks, and a destroyer escort after him.

Dorie was honored by citizens across our country, too. Back home in Waco, a park, cemetery, YMCA branch, and statue and landscape area are named after him. In Austin, Texas, an auditorium at Huston-Tillotson University bears his name. In Houston and Philadelphia, elementary schools are dedicated to his memory and name. In Los Angeles, the Dorie Miller Memorial Foundation helps homeless veterans, and a Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter is named for him.

In the midst of minuscule rights and privileges for African-Americans, Dorie didn’t play the victim, engage in class warfare, or even fight for racial justice. He simply led the way through service to his country and fellow man. He laced up his bootstraps and fought for a better life for himself, his family, and his country.

Maybe it’s time we quit hunting for evidence to support our views or conclusions that degrade others. Maybe it’s time we shake the stereotypes. Maybe it’s time to cease the friendly fire on fellow Americans. Maybe it’s time we quit making excuses and blaming others for why we don’t press onward and upward. Maybe it’s time we simply follow Miller’s model for personal excellence and encourage others to do the same.

I can’t guarantee you that it will eradicate racial injustice, but I can absolutely declare that it will build up the downtrodden, change lives, and make for better cities, a better country, and a better world — just as America was created to do.

(To read more about this inspiring American, go to dorismillermemorial.org.)

 

COPYRIGHT 2014 CHUCK NORRIS

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Obama Versus Washington On Thanksgiving

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Last week, when “Fox & Friends” highlighted my most recent column, titled “Neutering Religious Holidays,” liberals came out of the woodwork to try to defend President Barack Obama’s record. So I decided to do a little research and see just how spiritual his past Thanksgiving addresses have been and compare them with the thoughts of our founding president, George Washington.

In 2013, Obama’s Thanksgiving address didn’t give a single mention of the Pilgrims, their Christian devotion, or thanks to God. He did, however, share his gratitude for the Native Americans and their “generosity during that first Thanksgiving.” He gave a litany of “we give thanks” lines, but none of them included faith.

In 2012, Obama didn’t make a single reference to the Pilgrims, their faith, their God, or his God, either. Instead, he explained that Thanksgiving is a nonspiritual day for his family and most Americans: “For us, like so many of you, this is a day full of family and friends, food and football. It’s a day to fight the overwhelming urge to take a nap — at least until after dinner. But most of all, it’s a time to give thanks, for each other and for the incredible bounty we enjoy.”

He made a single generic reference to our religious choice, but in a twisted progressive reinterpretation of Thanksgiving’s purpose: “Today we give thanks for blessings that are all too rare in this world — the ability to spend time with the ones we love, to say what we want, to worship as we please, to know that there are brave men and women defending our freedom around the globe, and to look our children in the eye and to tell them that here in America, no dream is too big if they’re willing to work for it.”

Obama declared that “Thanksgiving is a chance to put it all in perspective,” but that refocus didn’t include God or faith. Rather, it was just “to remember that, despite our differences, we are — and always will be — Americans first and foremost.”

Going back to 2011, I finally found a reference to the “first Thanksgiving” in Obama’s Thanksgiving address, but it was not exactly our traditional religious picture of the Pilgrims. In fact, it had nothing to do with the Pilgrims giving thanks to their Christian God for their survival and harvest. Rather, he said, “The very first Thanksgiving was a celebration of community during a time of great hardship.” He said the Pilgrims “had faith that tomorrow would be better than today,” but there was no mention of their faith in God. (Sounds as if Obama’s indoctrination as a community coordinator was successful under the tutelage of Bill Ayers and Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.”)

In 2010, in a 700-word Thanksgiving address, the president didn’t give a single reference to any aspect of Thanksgiving’s religious history, its religious purpose, or gratitude in God, either, save the tip of his hat to “the God-given bounty of America.” Yet he didn’t forget to include the same old progressive drivel for Americans to consider our country’s journey “since that first Thanksgiving.”

In 2009, Obama started his reign with a Thanksgiving address that excluded any reference to a Pilgrim or Thanksgiving’s real history and any gratitude to God, though he did conclude with the words “God bless you.”

For five years, the president has flunked Thanksgiving Day remembrance and proclamation. Will he do so again in 2014?

Friends, what am I missing? If it were up to President Obama and his liberal minions across this land, Thanksgiving would turn into nothing more than a day of gratitude for things like his Affordable Care Act. We can’t allow that to happen.

We must continue to explain to our children and our children’s children about the religiously steeped history of Thanksgiving. We must tell them about the devoted Christian faith of the Pilgrims and how they crossed the Atlantic clutching their Geneva Bibles. They trusted in God and Jesus despite facing horrendous hardships and loss of life. They learned to “give thanks in everything” (1 Thessalonians 5:18), and the Almighty rewarded their perseverance and faith.

And along with all that believing history, we must remind our posterity what I said last week: Let us never forget there was once a time in the U.S. when people and even presidents weren’t afraid to stand for traditional values and encourage others to do the same.

If Obama is looking for a Thanksgiving address this Thursday to model, then I recommend he look no further than Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I dare him to cite them even in part.

In fact, I’d call on all Americans to read one or both of their speeches in their entirety before they bow their heads in thanks for the Thanksgiving meal. You can easily find them through an Internet search.

Washington was the first president to issue a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, and his action wasn’t alone. In 1789, the first year of his presidency, Congress passed a resolution that asked Washington to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almighty God.”

So on Oct. 3, 1789, President Washington gave a 450-word religious proclamation which contains, from beginning to end, nothing but a list of blessings for which the nation should be thankful to exclusively God.

Among those bountiful blessings is this partial list from Washington:

“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor … now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be — That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks … and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions.”

 

COPYRIGHT 2014 CHUCK NORRIS

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Here’s Some Voting Advice From Our Founding Fathers

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Vice President Joe Biden was exactly right when he said as he campaigned in Iowa on Oct. 27, “Folks, this election is even more important than the two elections you elected Barack and me.” With President Obama’s approval rating tanking to 38 percent in September, I can understand why Biden is shaking in his boots.

The fact is that this election can serve for the 6 in 10 voters who are disappointed with the administration as a mega-loudspeaker and overarching referendum. As a way of showing the potential power of that vote, I want to share what America’s founders told us.

This is what eight Founding Fathers want you to remember as you go to the polls and draw the curtain on that voting booth. (A special thanks goes to David Barton from WallBuilders for providing this information.)

Samuel Adams, organizer of the Boston Tea Party and signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote: “Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust be men of unexceptionable characters. The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men.”

John Adams, our second president, wrote: “We electors have an important constitutional power placed in our hands; we have a check upon two branches of the legislature, as each branch has upon the other two; the power I mean of electing, at stated periods, one branch, which branch has the power of electing another. It becomes necessary to every (citizen) then, to be in some degree a statesman, and to examine and judge for himself of the tendency of political principles and measures. Let us examine, then, with a sober, a manly … and a Christian spirit; let us neglect all party virulence and advert to facts; let us believe no man to be infallible or impeccable in government, any more than in religion; take no man’s word against evidence, nor implicitly adopt the sentiments of others, who may be deceived themselves, or may be interested in deceiving us.”

Thomas Jefferson, principal author of the Declaration of Independence and our third president, said, “Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights.”

Alexander Hamilton, chief of staff to Gen. George Washington, one of the greatest advocates of the U.S. Constitution, and founder of the first American political party and our nation’s financial system, wrote, “A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large, in voting at elections is one of the most important rights of the subject, and in a republic ought to stand foremost in the estimation of the law.”

John Jay, the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and the second governor of New York, wrote, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

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