Greetings y’all from my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia where I’ve come for the 146th Annual National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual meeting and convention. What a blessing to return home as a board member of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization – freedom’s safest place. I humbly look forward to meeting the many law abiding legal gun owners of America here to honor our Second Amendment right, which is constantly under assault from the progressive socialist left. Needless to say, I’m now not just on ol’ George Soros’ list, but probably lil’ Michael Bloomberg’s as well and his anti-Second Amendment acolytes.
Our Founding Fathers knew exactly why they placed the Second Amendment where it is, in order to safeguard our personal, individual First Amendment rights. They wanted to ensure the tyranny from which we’d just won our independence could never, ever, again take hold in America. And that can only be the case if we recognize and realize our first unalienable right is life. Funny, the liberal progressive left wants to define who gets to live…as women’s rights. And how you get to live, as a free citizen able to protect yourself, or as they prefer — as a subject upon whom they mandate and dictate.
As for me and my house, I choose to be a citizen, armed, and never a subject, unarmed.
And speaking of house, I will never forget that day when I was around 14 in 1975, when Dad along with Mom and my older brother encouraged me to become the first military officer in our family. My dad was a corporal in World War II and my older brother a Marine Corps lance corporal in Vietnam. They wanted me to step up and carry our family legacy of service, sacrifice and commitment to this great Republic, to be a guardian as they had been. They wanted me to take that oath, just as they had, to which I swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic.
And part of our Constitution is our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and that right is not to be infringed…in other words Mr. Bloomberg, and all you anti-gun disciples, not to be messed with!
But it’s not just these domestic adversaries we face that would seek to undermine our existence as a Constitutional Republic and our rule of law. We also have foreign adversaries who seek to undermine our nation from within, and that includes our ability to define them, and defend ourselves against their aggression. And so this recent story emanating from our Pentagon causes me grave concern.
As reported by Front Page Magazine, “The Pentagon has agreed to formally review an anti-terror training program taught to special forces by a private contractor for material deemed offensive to Islam and Muslims, even though the Muslim group that lodged a complaint against the allegedly “Islamophobic” program has been accused by the Justice Department of supporting terrorism and is currently banned from outreach activities by the FBI.
The instructor hired to teach the program says he fears his class might not get a fair hearing, because military brass have assigned the review to a Muslim military chaplain who graduated from a radical Saudi-funded Islamic school raided by federal agents after 9/11 on suspicion of terrorist activities. He is their second choice for conducting the review. They had originally picked a more radical military chaplain to inspect the training materials before learning he has ties to an imam with a history of ministering to Muslims later convicted of terrorism.
Brass decided to launch the review after receiving a letter from the Council on American-Islamic Relations last month demanding the commander of US Air Force Special Operations sever ties with longtime counterterrorism instructor Patrick Dunleavy, claiming his lessons “contain anti-Islamic content.” CAIR, a suspected terrorist front organization, did not cite any examples of content from his “Dynamics of International Terrorism” course to support its claim.
Dunleavy formerly served as deputy inspector general of New York State prisons’ criminal intelligence division and also worked with the NYPD’s intelligence division for several years. His five-day course, which he’s taught complaint-free at the Air Force for several years, covers homegrown terrorism and prison radicalization, which tie directly into recent ISIS cases. CAIR claims to be a “Muslim civil-rights organization,” but the feds have ID’d CAIR and its founder as “members of the US Muslim Brotherhood,” while designating them both as “unindicted co-conspirators” in a 2008 terror-financing case involving Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and a US-designated terrorist group.”
Why does this continue to happen even now in the Trump administration? I could understand this happening, as it did, during the Obama administration — most notably to Army Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley who had his approved Joint Forces Staff College course assailed by CAIR and was directly reprimanded by then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey. Yes, I see this as important as our Second Amendment fight. This is just another means by which adversaries, whether progressive socialists or Islamists/islamo-fascists, seek to disarm us from being armed literally — or armed with the truth.
Yeah, I know Soros, Bloomberg, and CAIR all have me on their lists. Frankly, I carry that as a badge of honor, knowing that even out of uniform, I’m still honoring the oath that I took back on 31 July, 1982 at the University of Tennessee upon being commissioned as an Army Second Lieutenant.
Why is it that an organization such as CAIR still has any influence whatsoever in our national security, defense, or homeland security policies? This organization’s history is well known, and they serve as an instrument in the “civilizational jihad” as mentioned in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Explanatory Memorandum for America. Yet CAIR maintains an opulent office on Capitol Hill regardless of their endeavors to purge vital training to our Armed Forces and law enforcement on Islamic jihadism.
Consider this: there are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council who have declared CAIR a terrorist organization, along with the Muslim Brotherhood. Here in America, we’ve done neither…just like we have allowed the incessant attacks on the Second Amendment seeking to erode and undermine that critical individual right.
President Trump will be addressing the NRA convention today. It was the NRA that mobilized millions to ensure one Hillary Clinton and her anti-Second Amendment agenda was unsuccessful last November. Now, we shall see if President Trump will stand with this all American organization, the NRA, to solidify our right to keep and bear arms by way of passing national reciprocity for we the people, who are law abiding legal gun owners, and end these infringement attempts.
But more importantly, will President Trump, by simple Executive Order — which is critical — declare the Muslim Brotherhood an Islamic terrorist organization, thereby ensuring groups such as CAIR can no longer make ANY demands in this great nation, these United States of America? I sure hope so.