The National Security Strategy as a Blueprint for the New Direction for America
By James S. Gilmore III, President and CEO, American Opportunity Foundation.
As we have stated in previous essays, America today is in a world-wide conflict to determine how mankind will live in the years ahead. This conflict engages all aspects of national power: military, economic, diplomatic, and the competition of values. Parts 1-5 of this series of essays can be accessed on online at American Opportunity.
Often we think of economics, defense, and diplomacy in separate categories or stovepipes. The truth is that all elements of national power work together to further the goal and mission of any national policy. The Trump administration is seeking to align all parts of government activity toward one unified mission: the security and prosperity of the American people.
The new National Security Strategy (NSS) announced in December 2017 emphasizes the role of all parts of our country’s national policy working together. The NSS reaches beyond traditional concepts of military preparedness, and combines all levels of the nation for national security. When the NSS is read, the initiatives of the Trump administration come into focus as a unified whole.
The national security of the U.S. as set out in the NSS is said to rest on four pillars:
- Pillar I protects the Homeland, its borders, and recognizes threats from international criminal and terrorist organizations.
- Pillar II of the National Security Strategy calls for economic growth, fair and reciprocal trade agreements, energy dominance, and fostering technology and innovation.
- Pillar III covers the traditional strength of America through its military, industrial base, space, cyberspace, intelligence, and diplomacy.
- Pillar IV calls for advancing American influence and values through present and prospective allies and international organizations.
For these reasons the NSS is much more than a military strategy. For instance, Pillar II of the NSS directly addresses the need for economic strength, as part of an entire national strategy. The lead statement by President Trump is “economic security is national security.” Pillar II goes on to state “a strong economy protects the American people, supports our way of life, and sustains American power.”.
We here at American Opportunity/Free Congress Foundation have been advocating that economic growth become a national priority. Our Growth Code published in 2010 recommends a tax reform package for economic growth similar to the one recently passed by Congress this year.
The tax cuts and jobs measure passed in 2018 is one element of the new economic policy set out in the NSS. The tax reform legislation recently passed is designed to spur investment in our country and economic growth and job creation. The infrastructure proposal is another element yet to come of the overall new policy.
Recent headlines have drawn attention to new trade policies of the Trump Administration. The U.S. has withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with an offer to renegotiate. Likewise, The Trump Administration has entered into new discussions with Mexico and Canada, our largest trade partners, to re-negotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Tariffs are being imposed on China and other countries to level the playing field in trade transactions.
Trade policy does not stand alone. It is a part of The Trump administration’s new economic policy for the United States as set out in the NSS with far different objectives than previous administrations, Republican and Democrat. The new economic objective is strengthening the United States and the prosperity of working class Americans in every condition no matter what their background.
One example of America’s new thinking in the NSS is a focus on China’s economic and trade policies. China’s economy is heavily controlled by their central government. For instance, if American businesses seek to enter the Chinese market, China demands that they turn over proprietary intellectual property. Often such information is stolen.
Why? For Chinese profit — to allow them to catch up to the West quickly and to make China independent if they generate a conflict with the West. Massive Chinese trade surpluses from the U.S. are being used to finance military aggression in the South China Sea and beyond. These trade surpluses finance “belt and road” initiatives to gather less developed countries under the Chinese economic umbrella.
Many pessimists claim that China — with its large population — will overtake the U.S. economy and surpass us. Chinese dominance in the future is not necessarily inevitable. Our national policy should be to build up our GDP to $25 trillion as soon as possible and extend the benefits of growth to working Americans everywhere. Such growth would also give notice to the Chinese government that their national goals need readjustment to harmonize with others in the world.
Many of these same detractors will criticize the new American economic policy as “America First.” President Trump has stated as such, but putting America First does not mean America Alone.
Our goal must be fair and reciprocal trading policies with all other nations, but we should not purchase friends by placing our own citizens at a disadvantage. Trade is not a zero-sum game with only winners and losers. Everyone can benefit from fair and equal treatment in the world marketplace, but fair trade will not come to be without American leadership.
The NSS is not only a military plan, but a comprehensive roadmap in all aspects of public policy. The directions and initiatives are new and provide a path of true security and prosperity for all Americans. Readers with experience in trade issues may wish to add further comments or may wish to agree or disagree with the American Opportunity position. We invite them to comment.
It’s all about the the Constitution
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (October 7, 2018)
A couple of things from the Kavanaugh case stand out: 1) Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a supremely well qualified candidate for the Supreme Court – Irish temper notwithstanding, and 2) the Democrats have not changed tactics in challenging Supreme Court nominations in thirty years.
“Borked” in 1987
On July 1, 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated highly regarded Circuit Judge Robert Bork of the U.S. District of Columbia Court of Appeals for the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. forty-five minutes later, Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy took to the floor of the U.S. Senate and delivered a scathing condemnation of the nominee. The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee for the Democrat majority was Joseph Biden (D-Delaware) who presided over a grueling and lengthy questioning of the nominee against a backdrop of a highly personal and insulting news and advertising campaign. The nomination eventually lost both the committee and the full Senate votes. It was the first time in modern history that a nomination to the Supreme Court was treated in such a partisan and heated manner.
Thomas in 1991
The Bork nomination battle was dwarfed in intensity and insult, however, in 1991 when President George H. W. Bush nominated Judge Clarence Thomas to replace retiring Justice Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court. Thomas was in his 16th month as a federal judge and not as well-known or experienced as some other candidates had been. He was, however, known for his conservative interpretation of the law.
by Dr. Larry Fedewa (September 29, 2018)
The greatest threat to the long-term security of the United States of America is the $21 trillion (and growing) national debt. There are many possible outcomes of an uncontrolled national debt – none of them good.
Gradual outcomes have already begun in the form of efforts to undermine the position of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. The chief force behind this move is China, with serious support of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which, with the support of the Obama administration, invented its Special Drawing Rights (SDR’s) as an alternative to the dollar for international trade.
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The Bachelor Pad Network Announces “The Dr. Larry Show” starting September 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time
Durham, North Carolina (September 24, 2018) – The Bachelor Pad Radio Network, an affiliate of Blog Talk Radio Network since 2010, announced the addition of a new weekly radio program, “The Dr. Larry Show,” starting Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. Eastern ime.
The hour-long program, to be hosted by columnist and political commentator, Dr. Larry Fedewa, will be a part of the network’s unique blend of informative programming covering sports, music, politics, religion and news of the day, currently on air from 6 pm – 9 pm Monday through Thursday.
The “Dr. Larry Show” will present a conservative view of the latest developments in Trump’s Washington, as well as interviews and insights on education, religion, and other pressing social issues, featuring Washington insiders and power players. The show will air every Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm Eastern Time, starting September 26, 2018. (Tune in to www.blogtalkradio.com/labatchelor for live and archived shows). Podcasts of previous programs are also available for any who may have missed a favorite program live. Listeners to live broadcasts can call in on 646.929.0130.
The Batchelor Pad Radio Network is the creation of longtime ESPN program manager, L.A. Batchelor, whose goal is to provide listeners with diverse viewpoints on a variety of issues, from sports to politics and leading topics of the day, from a social, economic, and racial standpoint.
“We are very excited and pleased to have Dr Larry Fedewa agree to join the The Batchelor Pad Network family. Dr Fedewa brings expertise, information and powerful insight in the areas of Politics, Education and other areas that allow ALL people to listen, ponder, research and decide based on his wealth of experience both practically and professionally. The Network certainly will be enhanced every Wednesday night at 7pm Eastern Time. We look forward to a great and long-lasting relationship,” said Batchelor.
“After several years of guest interviews on radio and television — including regular appearances on L.A. Batchelor’s program — I am delighted to accept his invitation to host my own show,” said Fedewa, who wrote over 200 columns on political and social issues of the day for the Washington Times and now writes his weekly newsletter (see http://www.DrLarryOnline.com) in addition to frequent appearances on radio and television. His recent books include his memoir, Inside: The Early Years, “a young Catholic searches for his place in the sun” (Richfield Press, 2017) and H. Richard Niebuhr’s Ethics of Ecumenism (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2016), both available on Amazon.
Fedewa began his career as a high school teacher, got his doctorate in Social Psychology from Marquette University, became a tenured professor, and later Dean of Park College in Parkville, Missouri. He then founded an experimental college for adult students, Park College/ Crown Center in Kansas City — and served as its first president.
He was recruited by Control Data Corporation to help introduce the world’s first major computer-assisted education system. Later, he co-founded an institute for computer programmers and consultants in the Philippines, serving the ASEAN countries, became an international expert in educational technology, and then headed federal contractor firms for over 20 years. Dr. Fedewa founded the Washington Institute of Technology, participated in a joint venture with National Education Association, and two joint ventures with The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.
“I’ve had a number of careers,” said Dr. Larry, “but the challenge of being a talk radio host is intriguing –and I look forward to providing the audience with an interesting hour every week”.
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2016 Rally – Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Hillary Clinton
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (September 23, 2018) America’s academic institutions today are dominated by the heirs of people who grew up in the 1960’s and 1970’s. A look at the anti-establishment movements of those days helps us to understand the themes that have survived and evolved into today’s New Left.
The overarching issues of those days were opposition to the Vietnam War, which started in the universities of the time, and the civil rights movement whose champion was
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Almost unnoticed in the confusion was President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programs, which introduced the most radically socialistic legislation in American history, extending the role of the federal government to responsibility for care of the poor.
Civil rights and the anti-war causes were directly anti-establishment, and both were based on a sense of moral superiority. It did not take long for the believers in the two causes to join forces. They filled mutual needs: the anti-Vietnam movement was based initially on the objections of college students (mostly white) to being required to fight in a war which was neither understood nor supported by most Americans.
The issue quickly became whether the federal government even had the right to draft youngsters at all. Middle America stood firmly with the government on that issue, thus spawning widespread opposition to the anti-war movement and solidifying support for the War beyond what is had been in the beginning. The champion of the Middle American view was Alabama Governor George Wallace, who also had come to prominence as a segregationist (a position he later repudiated).
What the anti-war movement needed was a cause larger than the discomfort of some white college boys. They needed a transcendent cause and they found it in the civil rights movement. That cause was social justice. Specifically, social justice as interpreted to mean equality of all Americans — legally, socially, economically and morally. The civil rights movement needed white support; the leaders were aware that without it, they would never achieve their goals.
Academic Freedom or Academic Censorship?
by Dr. Larry Fedewa
Many Americans have been shocked and dismayed by the lawless behavior of students on several campuses protesting conservative speakers, harassing conservative students, and censoring student publications. What is going on? What has happened to the university as the bastion of free speech?
There are two keys to understanding these demonstrations:
- First, these student protests are flourishing in an environment fostered by the faculties at these institutions; and
- Second, the faculty preaches dogmas which mark a generational shift in values.
The fundamental analysis therefore must begin with the faculty. Student behavior is primarily an acting out of faculty teaching. Administrators, while generally sympathetic to the students, are caught between angry students and their Boards and other supporters demanding a stop to these outrageous demonstrations.
Shrink insurance and government down to size! Patient-centered medical care is possible.
We survived 1968; we will survive 2018 !
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By Dr. Larry Fedewa (August 24,2018)
Much of our political discourse today demonstrates an appalling lack of understanding of the most fundamental elements of the American economy. There are two kinds of organizations which comprise the United States economy: for profit and not-for-profit. The only engine for making money is the for-profit sector, that is, businesses which buy and sell products and services.