Description : Serving within the supposed pinnacles of power as a respected and influential U.S. Senator from South Carolina, Jim DeMint often felt frustrated and powerless to fight against the frightening growth of the federal bureaucracy and refute the mistaken idea that ever-bigger government is the solution to the nation's problems. In his new role as president and CEO of The Heritage Foundation, Jim DeMint has taken on the daunting responsibility of helping to lead Americans themselves to change their country's course, of redirecting us back to our founding principles and restoring and protecting our economy and culture for future generations. He realized that he - and all of us as fellow citizens - must fall in love with America - again. In this book, DeMint illustrates why Americans must rediscover the power, ingenuity and creativity of our little platoons. He then introduces Americans all across the country whose patriotism was nurtured in exactly the same way, recounting example after example of how they're working together locally in what he calls the "little platoons" - the families, churches, communities and voluntary organizations succeeding on the model that smaller is better. They are the hands-on citizens who make America the exceptional, caring and can-do country it has always been. DeMint illustrates why each of us - regardless of political party, age, race, religion or ethnicity - must rediscover the power we represent. The country's future is at risk, not just because of constant pressure from "the Bigs" (big government, big banks, big labor, big Wall Street cronies etc.), but because so many of us fear it's too late to solve problems so huge and seemingly intractable. Jim DeMint is here to reassure us that this is not true. In riveting yet plainspoken style, he tells real-life success stories and educates us via logical, historical and fact-based explanations of the issues (education, taxation, regulation, poverty, labor, health-care, environmentalism, Federalism and more). He affirms the compelling truth that conservative ideas are really American ideas, and they must guide us as we turn our institutions upside-down, taking them from the top-down centrally-controlled bureaucracies they've become back to the bottom-up democratic framework the Constitution intended. Through this heartfelt, fascinating and inspiring look inside the America of both yesterday and today, and the everyday citizens who are working tirelessly and selflessly to insure its future fulfills the promise of its beginnings, Jim DeMint is beckoning us to join him on one of the most meaningful and momentous journeys we have ever undertaken together: FALLING IN LOVE WITH AMERICA AGAIN.
Description : How a Generation Created--and Destroyed--the World’s Prosperity The United States is coming off a period of growth and prosperity unlike anything the world has ever seen before. Like a surfer riding a gigantic fifty-foot wave, the economy has been carried by consumer spending from the largest demographic group in history. It was truly a phenomenal time. Unfortunately, that wave has hit the beach. As boomers pass their peak spending years, we will enter an unprecedented demographic winter, something as yet unknown to the modern world. But, despite the tough times, author Jerry Tuma believes that there are things we can do as individuals and as a nation to succeed and prosper. Armed with demographics statistics and thirty years of economic and financial planning expertise, he provides insight into topics such as… The myth of overpopulation and what that means for public policy issues, from abortion to immigration How demographics show us what will come next How small business could be the key to our recovery and what that means for you How you can thrive in the midst of the new economic realities “As we explore our past, present, and future financially, economically, and politically in these pages, it is my hope to challenge you to have the courage to face the difficulties ahead with an unwavering faith in the future.”--Jerry Tuma
Description : 'A State Beyond the Pale' looks at the roots of anti-Israeli sentiment in Europe. The Jewish state of Israel has now acquired the status of a pariah across much of the West and especially in Europe. For many, it has become the contemporary equivalent of apartheid South Africa - a system and a state with no legitimate place in the modern world. Israel's conflict with the Palestinians and the wider Muslim world also takes place across one of the great fault lines in global politics. No-one with a serious interest in international affairs can ignore it. But why have so many people and institutions of influence in Europe chosen to place themselves on the side of that fault line which opposes Israel? Where exactly does all this hostility come from? Can this really be put down to a revival of anti-Semitism on a continent which gave the world the Holocaust? 'A State Beyond the Pale: Europe's Problem with Israel' looks at the roots of anti-Israeli sentiment in Europe and shows why there is now a risk that it may even spread to the United States. In the author's view, the Israel-Palestine conflict can be seen as a test case for the West's ability to stand up for the values it claims as its own. In Europe, important institutions and individuals are now failing that test. This book explains why.
Description : No account of contemporary politics can ignore religion. The liberal democratic tradition in political thought has long treated religion with some suspicion, regarding it as a source of division and instability. Faith in Politics shows how such arguments are unpersuasive and dependent on questionable empirical claims: rather than being a serious threat to democracies' legitimacy, stability and freedom, religion can be democratically constructive. Using historical cases of important religious political movements to add empirical weight, Bryan McGraw suggests that religion will remain a significant political force for the foreseeable future and that pluralist democracies would do well to welcome rather than marginalize it.
Description : Urges US policymakers to rethink the War on Terror along the lines of the Cold War against communism. This fresh perspective on the ongoing threat from Islamist terrorism offers much to ponder about the future course of US foreign policy initiatives.
Description : Praise for Jihad: From Qu'ran to Bin Laden: "Such books would help our efforts aimed at clearing away misunderstanding about Islam especially the Jihad by the Western World." -- Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq, Minister for Religious Affairs, Pakistan After 9/11 the US response to Al-Qaeda -- the global "war on terror" -- was heavily influenced by the "clash of civilizations" theory. First introduced by Bernard Lewis in 1990 in an article entitled "The Roots of Muslim Rage," this theory was taken up by Samuel Huntington in his famous book The Clash of Civilizations: Remaking of World Order in 1993. After the end of the cold war, global conflict will not be economic or ideological but cultural and religious. "The clash of civilizations," Huntington wrote, "will dominate global politics. The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future." This theory of global conflict proved enormously influential with neoconservatives in the United States and heavily influenced contemporary US and UK policy. Richard Bonney's controversial new book takes as its subject Huntington's "clash of civilizations" thesis and looks at the history of this so-called struggle of civilizations before it came to precedence in the twenty-first century. It identifies the twenty-first century proponents of the thesis, such as Bernard Lewis and Daniel Pipes, their links to the Bush government and their roles in exploiting this tradition of hostility between the West and Islam. Richard Bonney was a professor of modern history at the University of Leicester. He has published, amongst other titles, Jihad: From Qu'ran to Bin Laden. He has worked for more than ten years in Leicester towards enhancing religious and cultural harmony while respecting diversity. Table of Contents Preface Introduction: Are We Fighting World War IV Against Islamo-Fascism? The Context of the Clash Revisiting Huntington's 'Clash of Civilizations' Thesis Post-9/11 'Bring Them Freedom or They Destroy Us': Bernard Lewis and the Evolution of the 'Lewis Doctrine' Elijah's Mantle: The Inherited Struggle of Daniel Pipes The Real American Special Relationship: Israel's Interests and the Influence of the American Jewish Lobby 'Rapture', the Theo-cons, and the Christian Right in US Politics Regime Change? Assertive Nationalism Captures the White House Post-9/11 'Making the World Safer and Better'? Iraq and the Moral Arguments Concerning Preventive War 'We Don't Do Nation-Building': Towards a Jus Post Bellum for Iraq and Other Cases of Intervention Towards 'Eurabia' or the Co-Habitation of Civilizations? Conclusion: Demise of the False Prophets? Dramatis Personae Bibliography Notes Index
Description : Offers a thought-provoking reflection on both the benefits and dangers of progress, arguing that we need to understand the limits and realities of progress in order to truly discover what it means to be a human being, living in time and burdened by mortality.
Description : On September 11, 2001, America's 700,000 law enforcement officers were forcefully introduced to a new era in policing after Islamist terrorists perpetrated the most savage and horrific terrorist violence ever on American soil. In spite of the post 9/11 proliferation of information about Islamist terrorism, many law enforcement officers remain uninformed about the nature, scope, and reality of this threat. Even the FBI (America's lead law enforcement agency in the struggle against Islamist terrorism) fails to arm its agents with accurate and comprehensive information to understand this patient, merciless, and fanatical foe. This manual was prepared to address this knowledge void by explaining the underlying politico-religious motivations that drives Islamist terrorism. It contains chapters that explain Islamist terrorism and describe the history of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. The tenets of Islam and the ideology used to justify terrorist atrocities ranging from suicide/homicide bombings in Israel to the slaughter of school children in Beslan, Russia are documented. The history of Jihad, the oldest and most successful international Islamist group in the world, and how this group has established an effective subversive apparatus in America that works tirelessly to dismantle our democratic freedoms is described. The text explains that by using a “soft” form of Jihad, this group seeks to destroy Western ideals and democracy with the goal of replacing them with a fascist totalitarian ideology to obtain world domination and the forced imposition of a seventh century politico-religious system of law. The radicalization process that can lead apparently well-integrated Muslim citizens to terrorism is discussed, including the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorist groups. A summary of comprehensive information detailing the Islamist groups active within America and the dangers they pose to Homeland Security is provided. In addition, the Appendices contain an Arabic Name Analysis, Ritual Prayer-Salat, Jihad Holy War Verse in the Koran, Jihad campaigns in history, “The Last Night” letter by Muhammad Atta who was the leader in the 9/11 attacks, and an explanatory memorandum on the general strategic goal for the Muslim Brotherhood in North America. Perfect Enemy provides unbiased and accurate information to acquaint our law enforcement officers and Homeland Security officials with the Islamist mindset and threat. Knowing our adversaries is a fundamental first step in defeating their violent intentions and ensuring our survival, peace, and safety. (Publisher)