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Last week marked the 70th anniversary of the July 20 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944, as portrayed in the 2009 movie, “Valkryie,” starring Tom Cruise. John’s extended boralogue explains how the plot and those connected with it are indicative of why religion and politics cannot help but mix in one way or another, and why it is essential to correct things when the politicians have become immoral.
Michael Connelly from the United States Justice Foundation (www.usjf.net) continues his exposition of the the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. This week, the third amendment is up for examination.
Then the global focus is on Israel and Gaza again. As usual, the world’s media and United Nations crawl out of the woodwork to denounce Israel. We’ll examine how Israel went from being a global underdog to a pariah in just 40 years. Joshua Muravchik from Johns Hopkins University is author of the book, Making David Into Goliath: How the World turned Against Israel.
Many people have been wondering what has formed President Obama’s attitudes toward the Middle East. Raymond Ibrahim (www.raymondibrahim.com) says a secret presidential directive revealed under a Freedom of Information Act request may shed some light on that.
It is sobering to realize that socialist revolutions such as the French revolution of 1789 are most often triggered by massive government debt similar to that owned by the United States today. When government can no longer service debt, the resulting bankruptcy usually causes massive social chaos from which dictatorships emerge.
Following this thought thread, John’s extended boralogue begins by analyzing the origins of our border crisis as the product of the histories of three capital cities: London, Paris, and Madrid, and the legacies those cities left to their New World colonies for better or worse.
Then, if the United States is indeed plowing into an unsustainable currency and debt crisis, how close are we? Some would say any day now. Others maintain we have some cycles yet to go before things get scary. Chuck Coppes (www.chuckcoppes.com) is author of America’s Financial Reckoning Day and he returns to the program for another look at our status.
Then, constitutional attorney Michael Connelly (www.usjf.net) continues the ongoing mini-series on the U.S. Bill of Rights. Today’s segment focuses on the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
Finally, as time passes, it becomes increasingly difficult for the main networks to maintain that their news coverage is unbiased. Some of their own reporters are disgusted with their inability to do objective news coverage because they are not allowed to do so. Geoffrey Dickens from Newsbusters (www.newsbusters.org) debuts on the program.
John’s boralogue starts off by summarizing events in the Middle East in the post-peace process environment, attempting to make sense of data points that don’t seem to make sense.
We’re starting a summer history thread: The background of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Constitutional attorney Michael Connelly from the United States Justice Foundation (www.usjf.net) will appear on SOS once a week to discuss the background behind each right contained in the Bill of Rights, and how that particular right is under duress today.
Then, speaking of rights, our government is attempting another end run around the Bill of Rights in making it difficult for weapons dealers to do business by restricting their ability to accept credit cards from clients. Larry Pratt from Gun Owners of America (www.gunowners.org) appears to discuss Operation Choke Point.
From there a jump to the Middle East for a viewpoint from Avi Lipkin (www.vicmord.org). Everyone’s buzzing about another intifada, but Lipkin maintains that isn’t the real emerging danger.
Then on to the question: “If the U.S. is such a bad, imperialist, racist nation as elitists have been telling us for 50 years, why do so many Latin Americans want to come here?” Four hundred years of failure to establish free republics and market economies in Latin America explains why this region has remained so dysfunctional for so long. Alvaro Vargas Llosa (www.independent.org) is an award-winning journalist and author of numerous books on this subject, who joins us from Madrid, Spain.
Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone.
Freedom isn’t free and must be maintained with constant vigilance and action. With the Hobby Lobby case decided by the Supreme Court this week in favor of people of faith who own businesses, John’s extended boralogue examines the country’s founders’ views of how they thought the interaction between church and state should be.
John hits on millennials a lot but it seems millennials have their gripes about Baby Boomers impeding their future. Former White House spokesman Pete Seat is a millennial and author of the book The War on Millennials: Airing Grievances & Offering Solutions. So let’s have it out. Can we both help each other to the future or is conflict inevitable?
Then remembering freedom this Fourth of July weekend, it is sobering to see where freedom has failed. Melanie Kirkpatrick (www.melaniekirkpatrick.com) is author of Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad.
Finally we’ll do a short examination of the role of God when tragedy strikes our lives. This time it involves murder. Robert Pascuzzi (www.theravinebook.com) is author of The Ravine: A Novel of Evil, Hope, and the Afterlife.
There is a war afoot to expunge Christians not just from the marketplace of public ideas but notably from various professions. This war has transitioned from a war of ideas to a war of coercion forcing Christians to compromise their beliefs and adopt the beliefs of other worldviews.
Will Christians be able to survive in professions such as education, medicine, law, and elsewhere in this growing atmosphere of hostility? That outcome remains to be seen. Lea Singh (www.frontpagemag.com) is covering an important case in British Columbia, Canada, involving Trinity Western University.
As ISIS rebels roll towards Baghdad and a conflict with Shia Muslims in that part of Iraq, they’ve spoken of rolling back the Sykes-Picot conspiracy. What does this mean? John’s boralogue provides an historic background to the events surrounding the creation of the Sykes-Picot agreement in 1916 during World War I, and how this secret transaction between France and Great Britain laid the groundwork for the violence and chaos we’ve seen in the Middle East during the century that followed.
Meanwhile Iraqi Christians are caught in the cross-fire and fleeing to areas dominated largely by Kurds. It’s not a great solution but they are running out of options, not to mention food and water. Juliana Taimoorazy from Iraqi Christian Relief (www.iraqichristianrelief.org) fills us in.
Although colleges generally have norms regarding bullying, assaults and intimidations, incidents targeting Jews and supporters of Israel seem to go uncensured on U.S. college campuses. Those who appeal for their rights are derided as “Islamophobic” and it’s now reaching epidemic proportions. Tammi Roissman-Benjamin is director of the AMCHA Initiative (amchainitiative.org), which monitors this situation.
Finally the Washington Post did a hit piece against a conference this week on issues surrounding the Benghazi disaster. Of course, instead of addressing issues, they chose to hurl epithets and staged questions. James Simpson (www.aim.org) contrasts the Wapo’s op ed piece with what really happened.