Our nation’s presidential election is no longer truly national. This is a challenge for our democracy.
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Suhail A. Khan is the Fellow for Christian-Muslim Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement. He is a Washington, DC based attorney and has previously held many government positions. Khan served as Policy Director and Press Secretary for U.S. Congressman Tom Campbell (R-CA) where he worked closely on a variety of legislative initiatives, including religious freedom. More recently, Khan served as a senior political appointee with the Bush administration. He served in the White House Office of Public Liaison assisting in the President's outreach to various faith communities. Khan also served as Assistant to the Secretary for Policy under U.S. Secretary Mary Peters at the U.S. Department of Transportation. While at the Department of Transportation, Khan was awarded the Secretary's Team Award in 2005 and the Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in 2007.
Khan serves on the boards of the American Conservative Union, the Islamic Free Market Institute, the Muslim Public Service Network, the Indian American Republican Council, and on the Buxton Initiative Advisory Council. He has spoken venues such as the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the Council for National Policy (CNP), the Harbour League, and the National Press Club. He has written opinion pieces for various publications including the Washington Post/Newsweek Forum On Faith.
He was born in Boulder, Colorado to parents who emigrated to the United States from southern India. Khan is the oldest of five children, grew up in California, earned his high school diploma from St. Lawrence Academy, a private Catholic college preparatory school in Santa Clara, in 1987. He earned a B.A. in political science from University of California at Berkeley in 1991 and a J.D. from University of Iowa in 1995.
For more information about Khan, please see the article "The Muslim In The White House".
In America, one of the most fundamental liberties supporting our society and driving our economy stems from the Fifth Amendment --- the right to own private property. This freedom ensures we own what we buy, and no institution or person can deprive us of that property, or control how we use it.
"We can meet our destiny --- to build a land here that will be for all mankind a shining city on a hill." ~ Ronald Reagan
At the depths of a lingering economic downturn and the darkest times of the Cold War, Ronald Reagan inspired Americans and indeed millions worldwide to continue in the struggle for democracy, economic freedom, and individual liberty. Reagan (whose one-hundredth birthday anniversary we'll celebrate this February) cheerfully encouraged freedom-loving people everywhere to triumph over despair, big government and oppressive tyranny. One of the many who answered the Gipper's call was a young student from Puerto Rico who began his career in public service volunteering in Reagan's Washington, D.C. campaign office. In 2008, that young Reagan Republican, Luis Fortuño, was elected governor of Puerto Rico.
I've been following the hoopla surrounding Toyota for several months now, and I've come to the conclusion that our government is holding Toyota to a double standard – criticizing the company for not being forthright and honest, yet unwilling to uphold the same standards within its own ranks. The recent media reports that senior federal officials blocked the release of findings that could favor Toyota in some crashes related to unintended acceleration are unthinkable. It's imperative that the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) release the findings of their extensive testing and set the record straight. To do otherwise will undermine the credibility of an agency charged with overseeing the safety of all vehicles in the country fairly and scientifically.
Efforts by American presidents to consolidate and centralize power are nothing new. FDR took full advantage of the Great Depression by vastly expanded his reach through the New Deal and, in an effort to preempt any check on his grab for federal power, cynically attempted to pack the U.S. Supreme Court. Nixon resigned in disgrace over Watergate. Clinton was impeached attempting to deny an American her rightful day in court. And so it’s no surprise that President Obama, even as a constitutional scholar, has shrewdly utilized his executive powers in implementing his transformational national agenda. What is startling, however, is the breathtakingly comprehensive scope of his reach into every facet of our lives. In their recently published and No. 1 bestselling book, “The Blueprint” (Lyons Press, 2010), authors Ken Blackwell (Ohio’s former secretary of state and conservative activist) and Ken Klukowski (a constitutional legal scholar) lay out the sheer breadth of President Obama’s power grab.
It’s always sad to see bad behavior rewarded in any way. When a spoiled hotel heiress makes a naughty home video and instantly becomes a popular celebrity, or a tacky couple shamelessly crashes a White House event and is green-lighted for a reality TV show, we all feel a bit uneasy. (And don’t even get me started on dubious cultural icons like Bret Michaels of VH1’s “Rock of Love”, Snooki, or Mike a.k.a. The Situation of MTV’s “Jersey Shore”).
“In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist; And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist; And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew; And then…they came for me … And by that time there was no one left to speak up.”
Pastor Martin Niemöller
Like most of us, I normally ignore or delete the many e-mails of jokes, partisan trivia and the like often forwarded to me. However, I found one such recent e-mail, which included a White House photo, especially troubling.
On a recent visit to my Washington, D.C., neighborhood drugstore, I witnessed several customers angrily reacting to the District government’s latest overreach: a ridiculous nickel-a-bag tax. This silly tax was proposed by council members Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and went into effect at the beginning of the year.
As my friends and I cheered-on Scott Brown on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in that Boston hotel ballroom, like many Americans, I hoped and believed that Brown’s dramatic election victory meant the Democrats’ massive health care bill was dead. After all, a relatively unknown underdog Republican state senator—underfunded and out-registered—had just defeated the favorite Democratic nominee in the bluest of states. Importantly, Brown had run as the candidate who, if elected, would cast the 41st vote in the U.S. Senate against the pending health care bill.
Conservatives have long written-off New York as a state taken over by social-welfare liberals, union bosses, and dependents on big-government. New York lost its only Republican senator, Alfonse "pothole" D'Amato, in 1998, and after three Republican terms under George Pataki, the governorship slipped to liberals Eliot Spitzer in 2004 and then (through scandal) David Paterson in 2008. Reflecting an overall trend in the northeast, liberals won congressional seat after congressional seat in both upstate New York and the Long Island, Staten Island and other New York City suburbs. President Barack Obama's appointment of Republican Rep. John McHugh as his Secretary of the Army appeared to spell doom for yet another Republican seat. And sure enough, Democrat candidate Bill Owens won the seat just in time to vote in favor of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's health care bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.