What the heck is a Goth? That’s a question that I’m sure was frequently asked in Rome in 476 AD — the year the Western Roman Empire fell after more than half a millenium of being the most powerful empire on the planet. The Goths, one of several Germanic tribes considered to be marauding barbarians, had been invading the Western Roman Empire on and off since the middle of the 3rd Century.
The Geopolitical Struggle for Global Leadership in Advanced Technology will determine whether the 21st Century Stays the American Century
Kyle Rittenhouse is neither a white supremacist nor a hero — he is a naive kid who should have stayed at home and let the national guard and the Kenosha police protect other people’s property. A jury of his peers finding that his use of his weapon was self-defense was the right decision, but that doesn’t change that for the rest of his life Rittenhouse is going to have to live with the fact that he was responsible for the deaths of two people, even if it was self-defense.
As we approach this Thanksgiving, many people feel that they don’t have that much to be thankful for because of this uniquely challenging time.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs there are about nineteen million American veterans, representing between six and seven percent of the entire population. They range in age from 112-year-old, World War II veteran Mr. Lawrence Brooks to the almost ten thousand young men and women who aren’t even twenty years old yet.
In 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis the world came the closest in human history to a nuclear war. There are useful lessons from this Cold War period, when nuclear missiles were being transported on Soviet ships to support Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution, that aren’t being applied to relevant situations in the world right now. During those 13+ days beginning on 27 October 1962 when the U.S. became aware of the presence in Cuba of Soviet missiles that could strike any city in America:
“We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls,” was a statement from a 2019 research report produced by Facebook on the impacts of Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) on teen mental health. This is just one of the many items we learned from the documents and testimony provided by a Facebook whistleblower to the Wall Street Journal, 60 Minutes and Congress. Less than a week later, in countries all over the world for six hours people couldn’t talk to loved ones, conduct business or – in places like Afghanistan and Syria – coordinate travel to escape life or death situations due to a Facebook outage that also took down Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger (all also owned by Facebook).Then during the aforementioned congressional hearings, elected officials demonstrated their lack of understanding of technology that has been around for almost two decades.
The Haitian Immigrant Crisis on our Southern border is a reminder that foreign policy is not foreign. This current crisis is a bit different from previous ones originating from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, because in this case you have nationals from one country (the Haitians) attempting to come to the United States from another country (Chile, Columbia, Panama), where they have been living for many years. One commonality with this current crisis and the others is that it’s the drug cartels’ human smuggling networks that are lying to vulnerable and desperate people and moving them over thousands of oftentimes treacherous miles.
The World is getting weirder. Over one million people lost power in Louisiana recently because of its fourth natural disaster in twelve months. Texas was shut down for a week because of winter storms. People were dying in the Pacific Northwest because it was too hot in the summer and the West Coast seems like it’s perpetually on fire. I had the opportunity recently to meet someone who put all this stuff in context for me. Katherine Hayhoe, a climatologist and Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, taught me that to care about climate change you don’t have to be a certain type of person, you just have to be human.
If you were to perform an internet search for “California Recall Election” most of your results would be articles from people freaking out that the Democratic Governor of California might get removed and replaced by a Republican. To comprehend how deep blue California could turn red, we first have to understand why the state is currently in the middle of an election that could potentially remove Governor Gavin Newsom from office.
WILL HURD, Republican presidential candidate
Will Hurd has spent the past 20 years on the front lines of the most pressing fights facing our nation, in the Middle East, Congress, and the highest levels of business and tech.
Will has spent his life fighting for our country, and he will take those decades of experience with him as he fights for all us.
The choice we face
In this election, we have a choice. We can continue down the path of divisive politics and short-term thinking, or we can choose a new direction.
We can choose a future that is grounded in common sense, that prioritizes the needs of the American people, and that builds on our strengths as a nation.
Together, we can make this vision a reality.
Together, we can create an America that thrives on innovation, that provides opportunities for all, and that leads the world not just in power, but in principle.
The future of the GOP
The most interesting man in Congress
Prize for Civility in Public Life
Blocked by the most Chinese Diplomats
Sanctioned by Vladimir Putin
What’s a modern republican look like?
We’re a nation full of people with these values. If this describes you, you might be a modern Republican.
Respectful and PoliteStrong old school manners. You respect others, and say "please" and "thank you"
FairYou give someone a fair shot
EmpathicYou're ready to put yourself in the shoes of someone else.
InformedNo matter street smarts or book smarts, you understand an education is important
Family ValuesYou put your family above everything and do everything you can to succeed
ResponsibleYou take responsibility for your actions and believe in personal responsibility
KindYou help others and you're always quick to smile
PerseveringYou don't let a little hardship get in your way
CompassionateYou know that we're better together and you are ready to help
Will got more legislation signed into law in three terms than most congressmen do in their entire career. He worked across the aisle, and prioritized good policy over politics.