Sunday, June 26, 2016

Gun Control Legislation's True Agenda

Much has been stated about the ultra-liberal Democratic sit-in that took place last week on the floor of the House of Representatives. However, what hasn't been stated is what the real agenda of a great number of those who participated in this stunt show is. Of all those Congresspersons who participated twenty-six are registered gun owners themselves. One (Rep. Charles Rangel) even went so far to justify their own gun ownership and having protection from gun toting security people as something they (those in power) deserve because "Law-abiding citizens just shouldn't have to carry guns." But when confronted by the fact that he does he retorted with a laugh, "Well that’s a little different. I think we deserve–I think we need to be protected down here.” So, Charlie deserves to be protected but the average, law abiding citizen shouldn't be guaranteed that same kind of self-protection. That my friends is what we mean by the Elites and Hypocrites. And, it is the feeling and mindset of those on the progressive left.

There is a goal of these who literally do want to take guns from "law abiding citizens." The ultimate aim of most of those on the far left is to eliminate all gun ownership.

All of these little nicks and tears into the Second Amendment (death by a thousand paper cuts) have the real purpose of taking the teeth out of it to the point it can be removed and replaced with a new amendment that eradicates all guns from American citizens.

I'm not saying everyone of those in Congress who are for more gun control legislation think this way but they are being used by those who do, (the Warrens, Rangels, and many others). They should have the common sense to realize this. When one begins chipping away at those amendments which guarantee the kind of liberties our Founders envisioned then eventually their vision becomes nothing more than a long forgotten dream and the society that was once governed by them become nothing more than pawns of the elites and powerful with absolutely no way of defending themselves.

What scares these elites more than anything else and has prevented them from a complete negation of the Constitution at this point is the over 300 million guns within the hands of this country's citizens. Their desire is for, as much as is possible, a peaceful takeover but doing so now would result in a bloodbath and, to date, they wish to avoid that. However, with more power distributed to them this could easily change. Case in point is the disaster called The Patriot Act, which was a direct attack on the First and Fourth Amendments of the United States Constitution. It ensures that the government can totally disregard them just at the mere hint of a problem without any real pre-investigative work or simply at the whim of the ruling powers leaving the citizens without any kind of rights or due process. The same will occur if the ruling class can either weaken or remove the Second Amendment. They know that the only protection for full removal of the First and Fourth is the protection the Second affords.

As concerned citizens we must remain vigilant, involved in our government and avid voters with one interest - that of preserving and protecting the Constitution of the United States, a pledge that all these members of Congress and the Executive Branch swore an oath to do but in many cases have failed miserably at. Therefore, it falls to us - We the People.

The future for you and your children belongs in your well-armed hands.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Orlando

As I drove to my Washington office earlier this week, I passed Arlington National Cemetery. I looked out over the white, orderly headstones that are so gently nestled within the green rolling hills, and I thought of the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country. My own grandfather, who was killed in World War II, is buried there. I then passed the Pentagon and saw the flags flying at half mast. They had been lowered for the victims of the Orlando, Florida terrorist attack.

Despite the horrors of war, there is a certain nobility of the sacrifice of the men and women who died in military service and who continue fighting to keep America safe. No such dignity exists in the atrocities ISIS is committing around the world with such subhuman savagery. The cowardly gunman in the Orlando nightclub, who found his dark inspiration in ISIS, is responsible for the deadliest mass public shooting in modern American history. Forty-nine innocent persons were slain and another 53 wounded. The terrifying strike is the latest in a series of domestic attacks—on our soldiers at Fort Hood, military recruiters in Tennessee, and on persons who worked with the disabled in San Bernardino.

When sworn into Congress, I took an oath of office to defend the constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic. The horror of Orlando starkly shows us that the enemy is here—not just in far off places like Afghanistan and Iraq—but here, domestically. Before Orlando, most Americans sensed this vulnerability, and now we must live with the devastating aftermath.

The reality is that we must all remain vigilant. Law enforcement cannot provide perfect protection at all times and in all places. We face a tension: living in a liberalized society with cherished freedoms, while also avoiding the constant monitoring of a police state. The goal is to protect civil liberties while creating the necessary tools to keep us safe. For the most part, through robust intelligence and law enforcement methodologies, America has avoided tragedies like the Orlando massacre. This time, however, the system was not a reliable predictor.

While courageous Muslims have decried the crimes of ISIS, including the Orlando shooting, many persons ask why more have not spoken out. One difficulty in the Islamic world is the lack of a hierarchical religious structure and centralized teaching. Entities like ISIS warp various strains of Islamic tradition for their own power and glorification. The situation is not helped by decades of oil wealth pouring into the hands of radicals.

There is a conflict within Islam, more than a thousand years old, to determine both its philosophical and religious structure. The centrifugal forces within Islam manifest themselves in various ways, but the future comes down to this: will a re-emergent perspective of reason and integration, including religious freedom and the rights of others, reestablish itself as an assertive source within Islam? Or will Islam be dominated by a tradition that, as a member of the Taliban put it, would “Throw reason to the dogs.”

Despite the various debates of cause in the media, the attack in Orlando is about one thing: the metastasizing cancer of ISIS. It has spread from the Middle East into Africa, and into Europe—and now here to America. It is depraved, irrational, and a growing domestic danger. We must fight back smartly and not just with bullets. We must fight against twisted ideology and the abuse of American freedoms. We must fight against those who abuse religion to harm others. We must make America safe again.

About the Author:

JEFF FORTENBERRY has served as the U.S. Representative for Nebraska's 1st congressional district since 2005. He is the Chairperson for the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry. Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights and has a seat on the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia. He is a member of the following Caucus groups: Civil War Battlefield Caucus - Congressional Biofuels Caucus - Congressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus - House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus - International Conservation Caucus - Sportsmen's Caucus. Congressman Fortenberry has become the most knowledgeable representative on Capitol Hill for nuclear security issues.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Are We Insane Fearful Children or Thinking Adults?

I saw someone post that about 80% of Americans want more gun control. I'm not sure those numbers are accurate but even if they are if memory serves me correctly after 9/11 the numbers in support of Bush's Patriot Act were very high in the upper 80 percentile and look where there has gotten us - NSA listening in on our phone calls, watching every damn thing we view on the internet (when I'm talking we I mean regular citizens, not terror suspects) with the ability to enter our homes, pull us over and search us and our property without cause or warrant ... if arrested we aren't even guaranteed a phone call any longer.

Making these kinds of life changing legislative decisions so soon after such an emotional disaster like 9/11 or any of the other terror activities is insanity at its best. Before we lurch headlong into literally destroying the fabric of our Constitutional freedoms for the sake of some false feeling of security that no government can actually provide 100% regardless of the laws it enforces against its people, we need to sit, catch our collective breath and unemotionally think any legislation through before giving these power-hungry, treasonous characters in D.C. any more power over our lives because we feel like unsafe children. Time to become adults and take some personal responsibility for our own protection because if we don't we will soon find that our greatest enemy isn't some radical Islamist or any other kind of terror fringe group (be it homegrown or imported from abroad) but our greatest threat will be the very government that begins ruling us with an Iron Fist.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

America At A Second Amendment Crossroads

Any police or military that would enforce any kind of gun control legislation that nullifies or takes the teeth out of the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment by this freedom hating president will be showing themselves for the tyrannical fascist they are.

I urge all liberty loving American law enforcement and military personnel to totally disregard any legislation or executive order that would remove the vital Constitutional right to bear arms.

We are coming to a real crossroads in this nation and it may soon be time to reveal yourselves as true lovers of freedom or sheeple.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Nuclear Security and Its Few Constituents

I want to take a moment this week to highlight the understated challenge of nuclear security in the world today. You might have heard news about last week's Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. With risks of terror growing amid rapid globalization, the world must prioritize developing the right nuclear security strategies. This critical issue has special relevance here in Nebraska, where we host Strategic Command: the nerve center of our nation's nuclear weapons program and nonproliferation efforts. I invite you to read my thoughts on this subject, which you can find below in a national editorial published today.

Huffington Post: Nuclear Security and Its Few Constituents
By Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, April 8, 2016

As a graduate student, I once asked a prominent professor for a summary of the philosophical arguments for immortality. He was excited by the request and invited me to his lecture on the topic. While I considered this a great privilege, I could not manage scheduling the required four hours, so I politely declined. “Ah,” the professor said, “you asked me a question about immortality, but you do not have the time!”

The United States cannot afford to risk that same mistake on nuclear security. If we are to bring the probability of a nuclear catastrophe to as close to zero as possible, we must make the time. Understanding how nuclear threats have evolved and how to resolve them most effectively is an urgent national priority.

Imagine, for a moment, just one of several scenarios. A terrorist organization collects enough radiological material to set off what is called a “dirty bomb” in the stadium of a major city, triggering widespread harm and panic. A smuggled package on a container ship—with no need for a sophisticated weapons delivery system—explodes in a major United States harbor, causing widespread destruction and loss of life. Or worse yet, a reckless nation state actor such as North Korea’s autocratic strongman launches a missile attack against Seoul or Los Angeles. Each future scenario is alarmingly feasible. No one enjoys thinking about nuclear dangers, but ignoring them would amplify an ongoing threat to us all.

Americans deserve assurance that our best and brightest minds are fervently engaged in their defense. They should be able to trust that policymakers on both sides of the aisle are working together for innovative and sustainable solutions to nuclear security concerns. In this age of anxiety and sound bite foreign policy, constituents should know that Congress is leading when it matters most.

The leaders who courageously helmed our formidable nuclear enterprise through World War II and the Cold War have passed the baton to a new generation of policymakers and scientists. Now, as our world grows more complex, the challenges of nuclear proliferation have multiplied. The binary concept of mutually assured destruction is no longer as relevant in an increasingly unstable geopolitical environment. Non-state actors play havoc with global treaties and normative rules, seeking to do horrifying harm. Rational responses cannot be guaranteed.

Despite these challenges, of all the important issues that come before Congress, nuclear security seldom surfaces in our national conversation outside highly specialized forums. The problem is real. The United States and our allies face a stark deficiency: nuclear security as a multidimensional issue with no longstanding organic constituency in Congress. That constituency must be built.

Recognizing the problem when I first came to Congress, the Nuclear Security Working Group was founded to advance this discussion and help prevent the unthinkable. While the analytical and tactical expertise rightly remain embedded in the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, the Department of State and other executive branch entities, Congress must create an agile policy environment in this age of globalization and swiftly advancing technology. We also need an awakening of citizen concern—and there is very little. The need for broader involvement extends in a particular way to millennials, the coming stewards of our nuclear security.

The community of responsible nations has much work ahead to achieve an ideal nuclear security settlement. Advances in reprocessing technology, nuclear power, and weapons infrastructure, once the exclusive domain of the nation state, pose serious ongoing proliferation concerns. Although many countries have altogether renounced pursuit of nuclear weapons, turbulent situations in the Middle East and elsewhere are worsening an already hazardous global nuclear dynamic. A new architecture for nuclear security demands an ongoing effort by the responsible nations of the world.

The fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit hosted by President Obama in Washington at the end of March represented another important step in securing loose nuclear materials and heightening collaboration. We need to sustain these international gatherings and multinational efforts to achieve an effective 21st century nuclear security strategy, one that prioritizes common ground on important strategic and nonproliferation priorities, in a cooperative campaign to make our world safer.

Looking ahead, I anticipate an augmented role for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a primary implementing agency of future verification initiatives. A revitalized spirit of unity, common purpose, and renewed dedication is essential to nuclear security in the 21st century. Our challenge is that we cannot react to a nuclear crisis; we must act to prevent one. If we have the time.

About the Author:

JEFF FORTENBERRY has served as the U.S. Representative for Nebraska's 1st congressional district since 2005. He is the Chairperson for the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry. Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights and has a seat on the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia. He is a member of the following Caucus groups: Civil War Battlefield Caucus - Congressional Biofuels Caucus - Congressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus - House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus - International Conservation Caucus - Sportsmen's Caucus. Congressman Fortenberry has become the most knowledgeable representative on Capitol Hill for nuclear security issues.