Monday, July 25, 2016


By Nancy Thorner & Bonnie O’Neil – 

If asked to respond to a poll question about what you consider the most serious issue facing American citizens, what would be your reply?

Unfortunately, in a nation that is burdened with a multitude of pressing problems and issues, deciding which is the most troubling might prove to be a difficult choice. However, those who have spent time studying Islamic terrorism in countries like Syria, Iraq, and Iran, countries that promote terrorism, see the threat of radical Islam and a Muslim caliphate to be the most serious issue of today. 

An estimated 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, including 3.3 million here in America, are familiar with the term “caliphate,”  but the majority of Americans know little about its origin, what it entails, and the danger it poses to our country and American families, largely because the media largely ignores the problem.

Caliphate defined  

Muslim groups dismiss the subject of a caliphate, claiming it is of no consequence or danger to them, but it is impossible to know if and when Muslim extremists are being truthful.  Why?  Because a key doctrine in orthodox Islam is “aqiyya,” a term which allows Muslims to lie, mislead, and deceive (aka dissimulation) in order to defend the individual Muslim or Islam itself.  Consequently, many Islamists who appear to be “moderates” turn out to be “radicals” after all.  Therefore, rather than depend upon rhetoric, America must  closely examine facts and actions. 

Jihad can take many forms when subjects such as politics, finance, propaganda, physical violence and acts of terror can be justified when the cause is for Islamic jihad.  That is how “violent jihadis” (throat slitting, shootings, beheadings, and bombings) are justified, as is “financial jihadis” (financing violent jihadi efforts), and “political jihad” (promoting so-called “hate speech” legislation prohibiting people with facts from exposing the truth regarding Islam).  It is likely that many of those who claim to be “moderates” in truth practice one or more of these types of jihad.

Particularly troubling is the caliphate and those who promote it.  In Islamic history, the caliphate was viewed as a just leadership that facilitated the practice of the faith. The caliph was the political leader who led an empire and was viewed as the successor to the Prophet Muhammad.  This model was disbanded in the early 20th century and replaced by a version which is practiced in different ways depending upon how literal the leader decides to interpret Sharia. 

The last caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, sold non-Muslim girls as sex slaves, some as young as twelve. Men raped and enslaved non-Muslim women as a reward for fighting and spreading Islam. That is still practiced within pockets of specific Muslim extremist groups.

The Caliphate Curve

There is a term called the “caliphate curve.”  It is based on how quickly an Islamic group wants to achieve the ultimate caliphate.  ISIS is at the extreme end of the curve, as it embraces torture, murder, and rapes; practices ethnic cleansing; and condones sexual slavery of non-Muslims.  Much of this happened during the last caliphate and was considered acceptable behavior.  On the other end of the curve is the Muslim Brotherhood.  This Muslim group has chosen to bring in the caliphate gradually over time using more modern political methods.  However, the Muslims’ ultimate goal is to conquer the World for Islam and complete the caliphate.  

No matter where a Muslim group chooses to be within the caliphate curve, they all agree the World, including the United States, must be ruled by Muslims under Islamic law.  If that should happen, it would be the end of freedom and equal rights and the beginning of enslaving men and women to their Islamic extreme religious concept.

The World has seen evidence of this extremism through the actions of those who practice an intense version of the caliphate.  Sunni Muslims may disagree with Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s worldview and in so doing can expect retaliation.  That was demonstrated in a recent massacre of Iraqi soldiers who were moderate Syrian rebels.  Countries like Jordan and Saudi Arabia are concerned about the more strict interpretation of the caliphate being advanced in their nation, as both these countries are considered moderate Muslims nations and want to remain as such. 

It is important for the free World to begin speaking out more strongly against the dangers of those who are already practicing an extreme version of Islam.  Treating terrorism as isolated attacks by fanatics must cease!  Terrorist acts rooted in Islamic extremism are but precursors to what the World can expect, unless leaders from all freedom loving countries begin to educate their citizens as to the nature of radical Islam and understand who practices it.  Only through this awareness can tactics be developed to eliminate the danger to peaceful people. 

It is perplexing why so many of our World leaders continually condone and/or minimize the barbaric  acts associated with groups who admit their end goal is to impose a government that takes away everyone’s rights.  Basically, the caliphate is not much different in practice to that of Communism.  Each deprives subjects their rights and ultimate freedom. 

The consequences of reduced fertility rates in much of world

A top Iman, Sheikh Muhammad Ayed, recently spoke at the l-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem saying that the Muslim immigrants were being accepted in Europe only because they were needed as a source of labor.  He went on to say the migrants should use the crisis to breed with European citizens and thus conquer their countries by trampling them underfoot, Allah willing.

Sheikh Muhammad Ayed has tapped into a truism.  People are living longer and having less children.  There were warnings that the World was being over-populated.  These factors caused a new problem and the consequences is that much of the world — especially most developed countries — have fallen below the “replacement” fertility rate.  For instance Italy’s fertility rate is now about 1.3.  America’s total fertility rate is around 1.9 babies per woman, a historic low, but near the replacement rate of 2.1. Women need to average two babies for the population size to be stable.

There is hypocrisy in a new White House report on why low-skill men have been dropping out of the labor force.  The main conclusion is that labor-force dropout is due primarily to a decline in the availability of low-skill jobs.  This is at odds with what the administration has been claiming for years, that the U.S. must have guest workers and amnesty for illegal immigrants in part because of “a lack of available workers” for low-skill jobs in industries such as agriculture and food service.

Ignoring borders presents problems as foreign workers’ bring with them a different culture which can clash with the host country. To avoid serious issues, France has allowed migrants to develop “No Go Zones” where Muslim immigrants have taken over entire blocks by driving out French citizens.  Shockingly, these areas are often hostile to the French, causing police to avoid the area.  Instead of attempting to assimilate, radicals show their ingratitude by killing Frenchmen in terrifying massacres.  While all Muslims are not violent, it is troubling that they do not report those who are.

A few Frenchmen are beginning to speak the truth, such as Alexis Brezet who wrote in Le Figaro“Merah, Charlie, Bataclan , Magnanville, and now Nice. How long before our eyes are opened? How many wild attacks, indiscriminate massacres before our leaders admit that Islamist fanaticism initiated a fight to the death against our country and our civilization?”

Political correctness guides this nation

America can no longer condone “political correctness” from its citizens.  We risk inviting the same horrendous tragedies we see in Europe.  Our leaders must identify and address the growing problem of Muslim extremism.  President Obama is adverse to stating the extent Islamic radical ideology is growing; calling obvious Muslim terror attacks “workplace violence.”  He may have good reasons for downplaying the tragedies, but doing so has created problems.  Citizens have neglected to report suspicious circumstances which might have prevented the slaughter of innocent people by radicals.

Muslims plan to take over major cities such as Alexandria, Constantine, Jerusalem, Athens, Delhi, as well as in America, not through traditional wars or even jihad, but through colonization.  That is a concern as we witness the mass migration of immigrants throughout Europe and realize our current administration committed to a plan that will immediately resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees here and potentially 85,000 overall.  

It is understandable why American citizens are concerned. Consider Dearborn, Michigan where the Muslim population has now grown to over 40 percent, resulting in clashes as most refuse to assimilate.  An example of the increasing tensions happened when Muslims began throwing rocks at a group who were holding up Christian signs.  The Dearborn police did not arrest the perpetrators, later claiming they did not have sufficient police force to do so. This sounds familiar, as they reflect what is happening in European cities where Muslim populations also refused to assimilate.  Many believe this issue is what influenced the Brexit vote. The English see the problems and want to secure their borders.  We have the same concerns, which may influence the upcoming presidential election.

In addition to the increased tension resulting from the refusal of Muslims to assimilate, most Americans would be shocked to hear that tax money is being spent in Michigan for a Muslim male to support four wives. Watch this video to view this untenable situation.

Why the November, 2016, election is so important?

President Obama has allowed thousands of unvetted Muslims to come to America, and Hillary wants to bring in one million more, even though it is impossible to discern whether they have ties to terrorists.  FBI Director James Comey warned that ISIS has very quickly morphed into a “chaotic spider web” within the US, and young Muslim men are being radicalized within all our states.  The current administration has been dangerously slow in understanding the full extent of this threat to us.

Our forefathers wisely initiated immigration laws for the safety of our people and security of our country.  The law states immigrants must pledge their allegiance to America, assimilate into our culture, and obey our laws. Muslim immigrants have not been required to comply with these basic requirements, because their religion embraces every facet of their lives and some conflict with our customs and laws. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Frank J. Biga III said…

Amazing how conservative FDR seems in comparison to today’s Democratic Party. Maybe he wasn’t that bad after all? He did support unions though so that makes him am apostate from today’s so-called “conservative” values. No, I think FDR and the America he helped create are what we should strive for today. Our ancestors weren’t idiots. Many of the pro-middle class values and policies of FDR need to be fought for today, even if they violate the shibboleths of modern day conservatives.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2016


By Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O’Neil –

Yesterday the 4th of July was celebrated nationwide with picnics, parades, and firework displays.  Of great concern is that too many within America’s younger generation have no idea what is actually being celebrated on Independence Day.  Somewhat redeeming is the result of a 2016 American Enterprise Institute (AEI) opinion study.  Fifty-six percent of those polled said they were very proud to be American citizens, which actually put our country more than midway down in the “highest response” category.  Even so, over half of American citizens love our country and are not reluctant to say so.

Most Americans understand the importance of liberty, but not all can explain what it actually means. 

Abraham Lincoln explained liberty in the following way:
“We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name – liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names – liberty and tyranny.”

The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume VII, “Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore, Maryland” (April 18, 1864), p. 301-302.

The Ten Cannots

An outspoken political conservative, Rev. Boetcker, is perhaps best remembered for his authorship of a pamphlet entitled The Ten Cannots, which was originally published in 1916 and sometimes falsely attributed to Abraham Lincoln.  The pamphlet emphasizes freedom and responsibility of the individual himself.  Sadly, some of these “cannots” have become standard progressive thinking which is being promoted by the liberal Democratic Party, which are listed below for your consideration:

1.  You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.  

2.  You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.  

3.  You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.  

4.  You cannot encourage the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.  

5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.  

6.  You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.  

7. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.  

8.  You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

“Socialism” no longer a dirty word

Fast forward to the current 2016 presidential campaign where throngs of young people cheered loudly for avowed 74-year old Bernie Sanders, a self-described Socialist, running for president of the United States as a Democrat.  This man once proudly defended Communist dictatorships across the world.  

In America, for the first time in nearly a century, socialism is not a dirty word or a shunned label, but instead is treated as a benign economic system that is more equitable and fair than capitalism.  This is particularly the thinking of voters under 30.   A Pew poll from June 2015 shows a staggering 69 percent of voters under 30 who express a willingness to vote for a Socialist for president of the United States, well before Sanders’ electoral successes in the early Democratic primaries. 

It is interesting that America’s senior citizens understand Socialism to be associated with Communism, such as that which they experienced with the Soviet Union and the Cold War. What created this gap in thinking?  For seniors their opinion is based on having lived through the threat of the Cold War and its final end, which was the result of the Soviet Union collapsing for a myriad of reasons, largely associated with its failed form of government. 

What has caused the Millennials in our country to have a different opinion of Socialism?   The cause is largely due to the failure of our nation’s education system.  School books, professors, teachers, etc. no longer accurately define the superiority of America’s governing system nor provide the horror that results from once great countries who fell into Socialist and/or Communist style governments.

How close is this nation to discarding the wisdom of our Founding Fathers and instead embracing the lure of Socialism?  The massive crowds promoting Bernie Sanders should be a warning signal. That both Sanders and Clinton lean so far to the Left should send chills rather than thrills even up Chris Mathews’ leg. 

Communism Contrasted by the Virtues and Strengths of a Free Society 

In order to stop the creeping socialism in America, one must first understand the evils and deficiencies of communism and contrast them with the virtues and strengths of a free society provide by our forefathers and propelled America into greatness.  Four comparisons are noted:


What Americans believe: 

Education is best controlled when it is in the hands of local boards, responsive to the wishes of the parents and the community.  The goal of education is to produce an intelligent, moral, and self-reliant citizenship.   Education must be free from propaganda and must prepare the student to exercise his proper share of control over his government.

What Communists believe:

Education must be controlled by the Central government.  Individual will be indoctrinated to follow, without question, the dictates of the Socialist state.  The thought content of all studies must be filtered through specific basic requirements. Individualism is the enemy of the people, therefore the student must be regimented and taught to accept all decisions of government regarding his place in the State and economy.


What Americans believe:

To be strong and enduring, a nation must be composed of citizens who are free to think for themselves.   In no other way can people fully utilize their imagination, resourcefulness and capacity for progress.   The freedom to explore new ideas is one of the most basic of freedoms.  When filtered through a sound code of morality the good ideas are separated from the bad, not immediately perhaps, but in time to prevent serious damage.  

What Communists believe:

To be strong and enduring a nation must be controlled by intellectuals who instruct the people in thinking in accordance with government policies.  Free thought leads to dangerous conclusions not in keeping with Communist doctrine, while controlled thought builds national unity.


What Americans Believe: 

That in our way of life there are many things, many blessings that have no base in materialism — love of home, love of family, patriotism, loyalty to friends, and devotion to God.  These are all integral parts of American heritage and give satisfaction and happiness.

What Communists Believe:

That everything is material — if you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist.  The government must teach the people that love of home, and family, and loyalty to friends are secondary to anything which furthers the progress of Communism.  The people must discard God.  Materialism is the “be all” and “end all” of Communist endeavor.


What Americans Believe:

That the accepted standards of justice are the laws which have been formulated through hundreds of years of man’s struggle to find a reliable code.  They find expression in the law of the land and in our great heritage of common law.   These laws are clearly promulgated.  Justices in our system are sworn to live up to this law and not to impose their own arbitrary standards of judgment. Thus, we are a government ruled by established laws and not a government of men.  

Communists believe:That the proper and final test of right and wrong is “does it serve the ultimate Communist purpose?  If it does, it is good; if it does not, it is bad.  With this cornerstone of justice, if any law exists that interferes with the goal, it is conveniently by-passed. Arbitrary decisions by superiors overrule the law.  Rule of man satisfies the Communist need, not rule of law. 

Are Americans in the process of losing their nation little by little?   You be the judge.  Sadly, many Americans make their decision based on whatever media source they use, which often is far from fair or balanced.  Many vote for a candidate based solely on their ethnicity, color, or campaign promises they rarely keep.  

It is far safer to evaluate candidates on facts, such as what they have already accomplished verses their failures.  Also, the specific Party to which they are affiliated holds a big key as to how they will govern, who they will pick for their administration, and which justices they will nominate for the Superior Court.  

America’s form of government allows the people to pick their leaders;  the question is will they use this precious gift to discern the best person, one who will absolutely honor our Constitution and system of laws


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Thursday, June 30, 2016


By Nancy Thorner – 

Quick, pay attention – think you know all you should about America’s founding? Well, here’s some “Constitutional Sound Bites” from a powerful new book authored by David Shestokas:

 “Declaration of Independence – Did you know?

  • Thomas Jefferson became a lawyer at 24 years old and wrote the “Declaration” at age 33.
  • The impact of the “Declaration of Independence” upon the world was dramatic.  When written in 1776 it was the first such document in history to declare a people free and self-governing.
  • Before the “Declaration of Independence”, a government was typically an empire controlled by a royal family.
  • The Declaration of Independence issued a list of grievances against King.
  • Jefferson patterned the Declaration like a complaint in a court case.  There is a statement of law, a list of violations of law and the proper remedy for those violations

Preamble to Constitution –  Words and phrases as understood by our Founding Fathers –  Did you know?

  • What was meant by “more perfect union?” –  Still related at the time to the Latin origin, perficere, to finish or complete.  It meant a more complete union than had existed before the “Constitution.
  • What was meant by to “establish justice?”  The implication is that justice did not exist under the “Articles of Confederation.”
  • What was meant by “general welfare?”  “General” meant applicable to the whole rather than to the local, individual, or special interests, while welfare” referred to a Constitution goal to promote the happiness of the nation as a whole.

U.S. Constitution” – Did you know? 

  • The “Constitution” represented the most important event in human history.  Before the ratification process took place in 1787 and 1788, self-government hadn’t existed before.
  • Gouverneur Morris, a lawyer at 19 years old, wrote the Constitution at age 35, yet he is one of the most unknown Founding Fathers.
  • Although Alexander Hamilton and James Madison were on the 5-member committee to write the Constitution, James Madison gave Gouverneur Morris credit for the final Constitution, which he wrote in four days!
  • Colonists knew what a “Power of Attorney” was.  This form was used by lawyers of the time for many different occasions. 
  • Power of Attorney was explained in terms of what many Americans have in the 21centruy, a Health Care Power of Attorney.  
  • Constitution followed the form of the commonly understood Power of Attorney. 
  • Constitution laid side by side with the Power of Attorney follows the same outline.

Bill of Rights – Did you know?

  • The first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
  • James Madison originally proposed 19 amendments to the First Congress.
  • These amendments were changes to the originally ratified Constitution.
  • Supporters of the Constitution had promised to add a Bill of Rights during debate about whether or not the Constitution should be adopted, in response to Anti-Federalists who argued against the Constitution because it lacked protections for basic human liberty.

The First Amendment – Did you know?

  • How many rights are named in the First Amendment and what are they?  
  • Remembering them all will place you among one in one thousand who are able to state the number of rights and then name them.
  • These questions were posed to Heartland attendees by David Shestokas.  Two got all five right.  Many forgot “Freedom to Petition for Redress of Grievances” There is a reason for this:  The people no longer have the right to have their representatives entertain their petitions.  
  • The other four rights are: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, and Assembly.

In a continuing series of free events sponsored by The Heartland Institute, David J. Shestokas, author and lawyer, was featured in keeping with Heartland’s recently established Center for Constitutional Reform, a project of The Heartland Institute.  Kyle Maichle as Project Manager of Constitution Reform, introduced Mr. Shestokas who provided insight into his book, Constitutional Sound Bites, which provides an accurate and accessible resource regarding the “Declaration of Independence”, “Constitution”, and “Bill of Rights.”  The book is available at Amazon in print and Kindle editions\

David Shestokas earned his B.A. in political science from Bradley University in 1975 and his J.D., cum laude in 1987 from The John Marshall Law School where he swerved on the institution’s law review.  Mr. Shestokas founded the Law Office of David Shestokas in November on 1987.  After practicing in areas such as criminal defense, corporate law, real estate, and business financing, he later served as Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County in Chicago from 1994 to 1998.  During that time he also worked on the Felony Review Unit, participating in police investigations and making charging decisions in more than 400 felony cases.  

David Shestokas reveals

As Mr. Shestokas notes: The leaders of Revolutionary American were used to reading long documents like the Federalist Papers to gain understanding of the important documents of that time, but it’s not the way the American people receive their information in the twenty-first century.  Americans have become used to getting information in small dose through sound-bites 

Keeping this in mind, Shestokas’ unique book assumes a question and answer format which allows readers to quickly and effectively grasp bursts of material, both children and adults, at a time when our Nation’s Founding receives little attention in American classrooms.  For as Mr. Shestokas related, it is difficult to be a good American without understanding how America was made and what America stands for. 

Below are the first three question posed to readers under Chapter 1, Constitutional Consideration, of Shestokas’ book.  Answers are located in the book below each question:

  • What events during the Christmas of 1776 saved United States independence and set the stage for the Constitution? 
  • How long after the Declaration of Independence did the Constitution go into effect?
  • Why does the United States have three branches of government?

Answers are set forth in a concise, easy to understand, and meaningful way.  This is definitely a must-read book with historical anecdotes that add depth and content which make 18th Century history come to life in 21th Century style. 

Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, signed a South Carolina House bill into law on June 1, 2016 that implements the study of U.S. founding documents into the social studies programs of the state’s public high schools.  All public education students, both in high school and in college, are required to pass a test after a year-long class.  Every state should have such a requirement.     

Power is always trying to restrict liberty.   Education is so important to understand when abuse of power is taking place, which our Founding Fathers, in declaring independence from England, wanted to leave behind.  Documents were fashioned to make this new nation unique and different from any other nation in the world.  

Beyond Constitutional Sound Bites, in collaboration with Dr. Berta Arias, Spanish professor and past president of the Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education Shestokas has produced the first explanation of America’s Founding Documents in Spanish, Cápsulas Informativas Constitucionales, for the 36,000,000 Americans more comfortable with Spanish than English. Cápsulas Informativas Constitucionales is also available on Amazon in print and Kindle editions.

The collaboration of Shestokas and Arias has also lead to the first Spanish language website devoted to America’s Founding Principles: De Los Estados Unidos (About the United States).

Future plans include a children’s book, and a book devoted to the amendments following the Bill of Rights.

The You Tube of the Heartland event featuring David Shestokas and his book, Constitutional Sound Bites, can be viewed here

Tuesday, June 28, 2016