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Opinion | Can America be defeated without the first shot being fired?

John W. Giles

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What does Socialism, Communism, radical Islam and the U.S. birth-rate have to do with our national security and economic well-being? Everything, give me 5 minutes.

At the outset, we need to soberly understand, there is a cemented unholy alliance between Communism, Islam and the American political liberal left. More conclusively, Russia and China, countries that embrace Sharia Law and the Socialist wing of the Democrat Party are all tightly woven allies and they hate America. They would love to see us crumble with another flag flying over this great land. Please don’t buy into the notion this cannot happen, because we are too strong, this is not a conspiracy theory, facts suggest differently, let me explain. 

America globally has the strongest military and economy representing an average of 25 percent GDP of the world economy. From all measurements, we seem invincible against any threat, but can we become hostage to a foreign interest without one shot being fired. Shocking and sobering factual documentation in this short article will demonstrate this concept is not a novel-ready conspiracy, but could become a reality.

America just celebrated its 243rd birthday on July 4. Worldwide, we have many allies, but you can always count on two adversaries, who would love to see us disintegrate; Communism and radical Islam. Communism was a roaring threat in its peak during the 50’s and 60’s, but today’s eminent threat is the volcanic eruption and spreading of radical Islam. America sleeps with one open on both of these lurking opponents.

As I stated before in my articles, Socialism is a short bridge to Communism. Communism is a political theory, authored in the 1800’s by Karl Marx, who was a German philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist and socialist revolutionary. Communism, simply put is promoting class warfare and leading a society in which all property is publicly owned by the state and each person works and is paid by the state according to their abilities and needs. Soviet Union Communist leader, Nikita Khrushchev once said, “We will take America without firing a shot. We do not have to invade the U.S. We will destroy you from within. Sound familiar. The newly elected 14th Congressional U.S. Representative from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is quickly emerging as the domestic icon promoting Socialism. Socialism carried out to its fullest extent, yields Communism, and it does not work in a free society, just ask Venezuela. 

The Islamic Muslim faith is the fastest growing religion in the world. Studies project that within 5 – 7 years it will be the dominant religion globally. Goals of the Muslim Brotherhood include developing a 100 year plan to advance Islamic theology and Sharia law worldwide, support a Jihadist mindset, inflame violence, destroying “The Great Satan” (United States), pass pro-Islamic legislation and use deception to mask the goals of Islam and Sharia law.

For a society to sustain itself economically and numerically for 25 years, there must be a minimum 2.11 birthrate per woman. Europe, a self-professing, post-Christian continent is experiencing a dangerously low birthrate of 1.38. However, their population growth is from immigration,90 percent of which is Muslim. France for example has a birthrate of 1.8 while the Muslims are at 8.1. At this current rate, the continent of Europe, which is approximately 25 percent of the global GDP, will be Muslim controlled in 35 – 40 years. London’s mayor is a Muslim.

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Muammar Gaddafi once stated, “There are signs that Allah will grant victory to Islam in Europe without sword, without guns and without conquest.” Europe will be the first to fall. 

Closer to home, Canada is next with a birthrate of 1.6. From 2001 – 2006, immigration grew by 1.6 million, 75 percent of that was Muslim. With a Muslim birthrate of 2.4 and a growing immigration, the Muslims population of Canada will quickly surpass their current population.

America is currently at a staggering low birthrate of 1.6. With the injection of Latinos in America our birthrate is 2.11. In 1970, there were 100,000 Muslims in America; in 2008 it grew to 9 million. A few short years ago (Approx. 3 years), 24 Islamic organizations from around the world met in Chicago to strategize evangelizing America throughjournalism, politics and academia. They predicted in 30 years the Muslim population will grow to 50 million. 

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I encourage our readers to watch this 7 minute video, Islam Will Take Over The World In 50 Years. In this film it documents most societies cannot recover after the birthrate dips below 1.9. 

Commensurate economic studies suggest a Demographic Winter emerging is a reality for America. Bottom line, the baby boomer generation will be flooding the system shorty and the exponentially declining birthrate will not be able to economically sustain our workforce and economy. America’s entitlement rolls are swelling and those paying into the system have plunged in a downward spiral.

It is hard to imagine our country plummeting or surrendering to foreign flag flying over our sacred soil, particularly in robust times like we are experiencing. It can and will if we do not have a paradigm shift in our birthrate. While there are many reasons a couple chooses not to have children or resolve to have only one child, there are cataclysmic circumstances awaiting our great nation about 50 years or so down the road. Abortion, too, plays a big factor in our dramatic population decline. Please remember this statistic, it takes between 80 -100 years to correct and recover to 2.11 after falling below 1.9.

There are some simple takeaways from this sobering and gloomy article. America must remember that Communism and Islam want us to dissolveat whatever cost. America must wake up and do not become a post-Christian nation. America was founded on Judeo-Christian values and we must return to our Christian roots. Embrace Christianity and follow God’s word to be “fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.” Let’s look beyond the rationalizing discussions in the mirror and let’s start having more children. The bible repeatedly tells us what a blessing our children are. We also need to be evangelizing the unchurched legal Latino immigrants back into the faith. They have a Christian rooted propensity birthed from the explosion of Christianity in Central and South America,after the confirmed and documented apparition at Guadalupe.

Please be long-range minded. Enjoy the rich blessings of having children and at the same time we’ll keep our economy balanced, vibrant and stave off Socialism, Communism and radical Islam.

Be fruitful and multiply!

 

John W. Giles is former President of the Christian Coalition of Alabama. He served as Small Business Advocate for the State of Alabama during Governor Guy Hunt's Administration. He was also a member of Governor Fob James Cabinet.

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Opinion | On the Nov. 3 ballot, vote “no” on proposed Amendment 1

Chris Christie

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On Nov. 3, 2020, all Alabama voters should vote “no” on proposed Amendment 1. Vote no on Amendment 1 because it could allow state law changes to disenfranchise citizens whom the Legislature does not want to vote. Because Amendment 1 has no practical purpose and because it opens the door to mischief, all voters are urged to vote no.

Currently, the Alabama Constitution provides that “Every citizen of the United States…” has the right to vote in the county where the voter resides. Amendment 1 would delete the word “every” before citizen and replace it with “only a” citizen.

In Alabama, the only United States citizens who cannot vote today are most citizens who have been convicted of a felony of moral turpitude. These felonies are specifically identified in Ala. Code 17-3-30.1.

Without Amendment 1, the Alabama Constitution now says who can vote: every citizen. If voters approve Amendment 1, the Alabama Constitution would only identify a group who cannot vote. With Amendment 1, we, the citizens of the United States in Alabama, thus would lose the state constitutional protection of our voting rights.

In Alabama, no individual who is not a United States citizens can vote in a governmental election. So, Amendment 1 has no impact on non-citizens in Alabama.

Perhaps the purpose of Amendment 1 could be to drive voter turnout of those who mistakenly fear non-citizens can vote. The only other purpose for Amendment 1 would be allowing future Alabama state legislation to disenfranchise groups of Alabama citizens whom a majority of the legislature does not want to vote.

In 2020, the ballots in Florida and Colorado have similar amendments on the ballots. As in Alabama, Citizens Voters, Inc., claims it is responsible for putting these amendments on the ballots in those states. While Citizens Voters’ name sounds like it is a good nonprofit, as a 501(c)(4), it has secret political donors. One cannot know who funds Citizen Voters and thus who is behind pushing these amendments with more than $8 million in dark money.

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According to Citizen Voter’s website, the stated reason for Amendment 1 is that some cities in several other states allow non-citizens to vote. My understanding is that such measures are rare and only apply to voting for local school boards.

And why would a local government’s deciding that non-citizens can vote for local school boards be a state constitutional problem? Isn’t the good government practice to allow local control of local issues? And again, this issue does not even exist in Alabama.

The bigger question, which makes Amendment 1’s danger plain to see, is why eliminate the language protectingevery citizen’s right to vote? For example, Amendment 1 could have proposed “Every citizen and only a citizen” instead of deleting “every” when adding “only a” citizen. Why not leave the every citizen language in the Alabama Constitution?

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Amendment 1 could allow Alabama new state legislation to disenfranchise some Alabama citizens. Such a change would probably violate federal law. But Alabama has often had voting laws that violated federal law until a lawsuit forced the state of Alabama not to enforce the illegal state voting law.  

The most recent similar law in Alabama might be 2011’s HB56, the anti-immigrant law. Both HB56 and Amendment 1 are Alabama state laws that out-of-state interests pushed on us. And HB56 has been largely blocked by federal courts after expensive lawsuits.

Alabama’s Nov. 3, 2020, ballot will have six constitutional amendments. On almost all ballots, Amendment 1 will be at the bottom right on the first page (front) of the ballot or will be at the top left on the second page (back) of the ballot.

Let’s keep in our state constitution our protection of every voters’ right to vote.

Based on Amendment 1’s having no practical benefit and its opening many opportunities for mischief, all Alabama voters are strongly urged to vote “no” on Amendment 1.

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Opinion | Amendment 4 is an opportunity to clean up the Alabama Constitution

Gerald Johnson and John Cochran

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The 1901 but current Alabama Constitution has been amended about 950 times, making it by far the world’s longest constitution. The amendments have riddled the Constitution with redundancies while maintaining language and provisions — for example, poll taxes — that reflect the racist intent of those who originally wrote it.

A recompilation will bring order to the amendments and remove obsolete language. While much of this language is no longer valid, the language is still in the document and has been noted and used by other states when competing with Alabama for economic growth opportunities.

The need for recompilation and cleaning of Alabama’s Constitution has been long recognized.

In 2019, the Legislature unanimously adopted legislation, Amendment 4, to provide for its recompilation. Amendment 4 on the Nov. 3 general election ballot will allow the non-partisan Legislative Reference Service to draft a recompiled and cleaned version of the Constitution for submission to the Legislature.

While Amendment 4 prohibits any substantive changes in the Constitution, the LRS will remove duplication, delete no longer legal provisions and racist language, thereby making our Constitution far more easily understood by all Alabama citizens.

Upon approval by the Legislature, the recompiled Constitution will be presented to Alabama voters in November 2022 for ratification.

Amendment 4 authorizes a non-partisan, broadly supported, non-controversial recompilation and much-needed, overdue cleaning up of our Constitution.

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On Nov. 3, 2020, vote “Yes” on Amendment 4 so the work can begin.

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Opinion | Auburn Student Center named for Harold Melton, first Auburn SGA president of color

Elizabeth Huntley and James Pratt

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The year 1987 was a quiet one for elections across America but not at Auburn. That was the year Harold Melton, a student in international studies and Spanish, launched and won a campaign to become the first African American president of the Auburn Student Government Association, winning with more than 65 percent of the vote.

This was just the first of many important roles Harold Melton would play at Auburn and in an extraordinarily successful legal career in his home state of Georgia, where his colleagues on the Georgia Supreme Court elected him as chief justice.

Last week, the Auburn Board of Trustees unanimously named the Auburn student center for Justice Melton, the first building on campus that honors a person of color. The decision was reached as part of a larger effort to demonstrate Auburn’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

In June, Auburn named two task forces to study diversity and inclusion issues. We co-chair the task force for the Auburn Board with our work taking place concurrently with that of a campus-based task force organized by President Jay Gogue. Other members of the Board task force are retired Army general Lloyd Austin, bank president Bob Dumas, former principal and educator Sarah B. Newton and Alabama Power executive Quentin P. Riggins.

These groups are embarking on a process that offers all Auburn stakeholders a voice, seeking input from students, faculty, staff, alumni, elected officials and more. It will include a fact-based review of Auburn’s past and present, and we will provide specific recommendations for the future.

We are committed to making real progress based on solid facts. Unlike other universities in the state, Auburn has a presence in all 67 counties through the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Our review has included not only our campuses in Auburn and Montgomery but all properties across our state. To date, we have found no monuments or statues recognizing the history that has divided our country. We will continue our fact-finding mission with input from the academic and research community.

Our university and leadership are committed to doing the right thing, for the right reasons, at the right time. We believe now is the right time, and we are already seeing results.

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In addition to naming the student center for the Honorable Harold Melton, we have taken steps to highlight the significant role played by Harold Franklin, the student who integrated Auburn. We are working to enhance the historical marker that pays tribute to Mr. Franklin, and we are raising its visibility in campus tours as we pay homage to his contributions as our first African American student. Last month, we awarded Mr. Franklin, now 86 and with a Ph.D., a long-overdue master’s degree for the studies he completed at Auburn so many years ago.

We likewise endorsed a student-led initiative creating the National Pan-Hellenic Council Legacy Plaza, which will recognize the contributions of Black Greek organizations and African American culture on our campus.

In the coming months, Auburn men and women will work together to promote inclusion to further enhance our student experience and build on our strength through diversity. The results of this work will be seen and felt throughout the institution in how we recruit our students, provide scholarships and other financial support and ensure a culture of inclusion in all walks of university life.

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Our goal is to identify and implement substantive steps that will make a real difference at Auburn, impact our communities and stand the test of time.

Naming the student center for Justice Melton is but one example. In response to this decision, he said, “Auburn University has already given me everything I ever could have hoped for in a university and more. This honor is beyond my furthest imagination.”

Our job as leaders at Auburn is more than honoring the Harold Meltons and Harold Franklins who played a significant role in the history of our university. It is also to create an inclusive environment that serves our student body and to establish a lasting legacy where all members of the Auburn Family reach their fullest potential in their careers and in life.

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Opinion | Alabama lags behind the nation in Census participation with deadline nearing

Paul DeMarco

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The United States Census is starting to wind down around the country with a Sept. 30 deadline for the national population to be completed. However, a United States District Court has recently ruled that the date may be extended another 30 days to allow more time for the census to take place.

Regardless of the deadline, Alabama has work to do when it comes to the census.

To date, the national average for participation around the country has been almost 65 percent for the census.

Unfortunately, Alabama residents are providing data to the census at a lower percentage, around some 61 percent of the state population.

There is already concern among state leaders that if that number does not reach above 70 percent, then the state will lose a seat in Congress, a vote in the electoral college and millions of federal dollars that come to the state every year.

The percentage of participation has varied widely around the state, from a high of 76 percent in Shelby County to a low of 36 percent in neighboring Coosa County.

State leaders are making a final push to request Alabama residents fill out the census in the last month before it is closed.

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We will find out later this fall if Alabama passes the national average of participation in the census compared to other states to retain both its future representation and share of federal dollars.

In the meantime, Alabamians need to fill out their census forms.

The state is depending on it.

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