Inflation. The Oxford dictionary defines inflation as ‘a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money.’ According to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, (1) there are two types of inflation. Demand-pull, which occurs when there is a rapid increase in demand for goods and services that is greater than the economy’s ability to produce said goods and services. Then there is Cost-push. This type of inflation occurs when ‘when prices of production process inputs increase.’ There are other forms (2) as well such as Creeping which is when 3% inflation occurs. Walking is when inflation rises to 3-10%. Galloping sees an increase of over 10%, and Hyperinflation is when products see a price spike of over 50%. Just keep in mind that the Federal Reserve, (3) America’s central banking system, hasn’t set a hard rule as to what level of inflation is sustainable. Even so, there are those that believe that the 2% inflation is an acceptable level to maintain. The current (4) inflation rate in the US is 5.4%, a thirteen year high.
From 1945 to 1949, China was engaged in a violent civil war between the Chinese Communist Party, (1) led by Mao Zedong, (2) and the Nationalist Kuomintang, (3) led by Chiang Kai-Shek. (4) The war (5) ultimately came to an end when the Communists were able to take control of the mainland, establishing the Peoples Republic of China. (6) Meanwhile, the Kuomintang fled to the island of Formosa, which was renamed Taiwan, (7) founding the Republic of China.
We don’t have an abortion problem in this country anymore than we have a gun problem. We have a family problem. The breakdown of the family is at the root of our social breakdowns. The constitution was written for a moral and religious people. We must stop focusing on other people and focus on the enemy within. This country and constitution will not be saved by legislation or politicians it must (first) be saved in our homes. We must put our lives in order, and then focus on raising a generation that can restore the light of liberty to this country.
Despite Vice President Kamala Harris being responsible for overseeing the United States southwestern border, it continues to be a mess. Earlier last week, there was a disturbing image of what appeared to be US Customs and Border Protection agents whipping Haitian refugees while riding horses. Naturally, the response of the Biden administration, the mainstream media, and the ever-present race hustlers was one of outrage. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden (1) said that the images are ‘horrible,’ and that the agents who are accused of whipping the refugees ‘will pay.’ Current VP Harris (2) has said that the picture ‘evoked some of the worst moments of our history,’ expressly mentioning slavery. The incorruptible Democratic Congresswoman, Maxine Waters (3) of California’s 43rd district, has said that the images that were witnessed were ‘worse than slavery.’ (4) Really? Moving on, then the ‘reverend’ Al Sharpton (5) went down to Del Rio where there was a huge encampment (let’s call them ‘Bidenvilles’) of Haitian refugees. He was shouted down by some residents of Del Rio, who called him a ‘racist.’
Des Opresso Liber. To free the oppressed. This is the motto of the United States Army Special Forces, more commonly known as the ‘Green Berets.’ (1) The purpose of the Green Berets is to serve as an elite commando force that is deployed to train and build insurgencies in foreign countries that are hostile to America. They are meant to be guardians and warriors for freedom, not informants for tyrannies.
To whoever reads this, I hope you won’t mind if I get a little personal, but due to everything that has transpired, it is necessary. I am a student at Utah Valley University, (1) and my university is requiring all students in the upcoming Spring semester to be vaccinated. Now, there are exemptions (2) that the university is required by Utah state law to allow. The exemptions that would be accepted are for medical, religious, or even personal reasons. While I fully intend to file for an exemption, I like so many others were furious about this requirement. So much so, that when a group of students came together to fight this mandate, I joined.
On January 22nd, 1973, America was changed forever because of the selfishness of one person. Roe v Wade (1) is a landmark case that allowed for the horrendous practice of abortion to become legalized. The case was between Jane Roe, whose real name was Norma McCorvey, and Dallas County District Attorney, who was the DA from 1951 to 1987, Henry Wade. (2) McCorvey, (3) at the age of twenty-one, was the mother of two children, one of whom her mother had custody of, and the other had been put up for adoption. When she found out that she was pregnant with a third child, she decided that she wanted an abortion.
“Been a tough day.” Those were the opening words of an official statement by former Vice President Joseph R. Biden. Tough is an understatement. On August 26th, 2021, there were two suicide bomber attacks outside of the Hamid Karzai International Airport, that resulted in the death of thirteen (1) American service members, and another eighteen being wounded. The oldest of those killed was thirty-one (2) years old. Not since the tragic events of Operation Red-Wing (3) in 2005, popularized in the book Lone Survivor, has there been such a loss of American life. At least sixty (4) Afghani’s have also died as a result of the cowardly attack. The group that claimed responsibility for this attack is an offshoot of the decimated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). They call themselves ISIS-K, (5) the K stands for Khorasan, a region that is split between Iran and Afghanistan.
The world is in chaos as it watches Afghanistan fall into the hands of the Taliban. As the region crumbles, a question is being asked. How many Americans are still trapped in the Graveyard of Empires? When Pentagon Press Secretary, Former Rear Admiral John Kirby, (1) was asked this question, he had a very simple answer, ‘I don’t know.’ (2) That answer was further amplified by White House Communications Director, Kate Bedingfield, (3) who said: “We don’t have a precise number. What we’re doing is working to identify how many Americans are there.” Former Vice President Biden has said that there could be as many as ten to fifteen thousand Americans still there. Then there is the case of not (4) being able to know how many Americans and Afghani’s are being flown out.
The Graveyard of Empires. That is the name that has been given to the land that is Afghanistan. It was in this land that the infamous 1842 British retreat from Kabul (1) took place, resulting in the survival of only one man out of a force that consisted of 16,000 people. In the mountains of the Hindu Kush, the mountain range that makes up much of the land-locked country, it was here that the Soviet Union began to fall, ultimately leading to the rise of the original Taliban. For nearly a decade, 1979-1989, (2) the Soviet Union maintained a military presence in Afghanistan to try and support a government that was nothing more than a puppet for the Soviets. At one point in time, there were more than a hundred thousand Soviet soldiers in the country. But the Afghan people do not like foreign invaders, and they despise puppet governments. This led to the rise of the Mujahideen, a group of Islamic guerilla fighters from Afghanistan and around the world, who decimated the Red Army. There were various factions within the Mujahideen, and for nearly five years after the Soviets had withdrawn, there was a struggle for power.