Let me be the first to say this.¬† Colleges and Universities are not equipped to adjudicate violent crimes like sexual assault (or assault in general). ¬†They do not possess the investigative resources, training, expertise, or legitimacy that traditional law enforcement bring to the table.¬† And yet every day across America, colleges are attempting to try and determine which assault allegations merit disciplinary action and which don‚Äôt.
The flames of conflict in the Middle East never go out, but in recent weeks they have been growing red hot with increasingly dangerous implications for the United States. ¬†And President Obama is leading the United States headlong into the flames, but without a clear strategy in place that will avoid us from getting burned. ¬†Here we go again.
The response to the Ebola crisis seems slow, halting and stingy.¬† Contrast this to the coalition that was quickly built in response to the popular uprising in Libya in 2011.¬† The NATO-led international coalition to oust Gadhafi cost an estimated seven billion dollars, with the U.S. alone footing at least two billion.¬† The Ebola epidemic has already proven to be the most quickly spreading disease outbreak of its‚Äô kind in recent history.¬† If the virology were to proceed at its‚Äô current pace, the disease could kill at least a million people by the end of the year.
High¬†fines¬†for nonviolent offenses and high¬†court fees have the effect of trapping poor Americans into¬†a cycle of poverty. Thomas Harvey, founder of ArchCity Defenders¬†(a St. Louis-area public defender group),¬†calls¬†these fees ‚Äúillegal and harmful practices.‚ÄĚ
Needless to say, the media has a lot to talk about. A White police officer shot an unarmed American who happens to be of African decent. Members of the press were detained by the police. The riots and protests are increasingly violent. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is traveling to the site of the altercation while Ferguson police pour tear gas into protesting crowds.
The latest polls indicate that by a very large margin, the American public in this country sides with Israel during this fight. For millions of Americans, the Jewish state is a reflection of our own country. Israel is an outpost of Western-style democracy in an unstable and dangerous part of the world torn by violence and dominated by autocratic regimes and radical groups willing to employ terrorist tactics to achieve their goals.
To hear educators and pundits talk you‚Äôd think we are at the dawn of a change in public school education that will herald a new commitment to providing students and parents an education worthy of the tax dollars spent. Yet, until such time that teachers‚Äô unions stop being impediments to success, our education system will not deliver the results we need to prepare today‚Äôs students for tomorrow‚Äôs challenges.
Victim mentality only creates helplessness. Helplessness is the most maddening, the most miserable, the most upsetting of mental states. In fact, it is commonly reported anecdotally that nothing triggers madness like a sense of helplessness. It is a cousin of paranoia, a sense that the world is out to get you, that there is some opposition between you and the world, some rivalry. This is a warped, twisted mentality that offers no benefits, and, more importantly, is manifestly false: the world is the world, and you, O man, are a speck of dust.
For most Americans,¬†Independence Day is a lot like the beginning of a¬†baseball game. A famous artist sings the¬†National Anthem and everyone in the stadium stands and places their hand upon their heart. Some people sing along or at least mouth the words, but most put¬†on a fake look of sincerity thinking,¬†‚ÄúI can‚Äôt¬†wait till the song ends so the game can begin.‚ÄĚ
President Obama is doubling down in his defense of his blunder in¬†defying the rule of law, exercising poor judgment, and mischaracterizing (I'm trying to be charitable) the service of Sgt. Bergdahl in his ill-conceived 'deal' to free the lone American serviceman held captive in Afghanistan. ¬†The proximity of this poor decision to the heat of opprobrium the president was recently suffering for the VA access-to-care scandal is disquieting. ¬†When it is set against his prior action in jumping at the Joint Plan of Action to "give diplomacy a chance" in the matter of Iranian nuclear ambitions, there is a downright disturbing pattern. ¬†Is our narcissist-in-chief jumping at available, but poor, deals-in-the-offing to turn the page on his own political difficulties.