Step Up America
The President's Corner
Dr. Henry Fischer
September, 1, 2015
For the past two years, the American Security Council Foundation has been busy working to advance the cause of freedom through our Step Up America: The Call to Good Citizenship program. I'd like to invite all of our members and neighbors to learn more about this program by visiting the Step Up America page of our website at ascfusa.org/StepUpAmerica.
The ASCF's leadership team continues to be concerned about America's declining values. We feel strongly that this decline must be reversed. It is imperative that the United States reestablishes a value system where America's brightness shines through in our form of democracy and capitalism. The leading values of freedom must be protected and understood by the future generations of Americans, the born citizens of this great nation, and those naturalized citizens who have chosen to make America their home. In 1787, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." The freedoms that we value as Americans, those that we have come to take for granted, are dependent upon a strong moral framework. If we continue to allow the collapse of the moral foundation that the United States of America was built upon, we will certainly lose the freedoms and rights that have become synonymous with the American way of life. We need to remind ourselves about where we came from. We need to remind ourselves why we should continue to be a "shining city upon a hill" for the rest of the world to see.
As we turn our gaze from the homeland to stretch across the globe, the ASCF is greatly troubled by the looming threats we see coming from foreign soil. We cannot ignore militant Islamic internationalism, and their goal of establishing a world caliphate. Islamic extremists are nearly foaming at the mouth to achieve their purpose: the bloody and vicious elimination of all peoples who refuse to subscribe to their hateful and violent misinterpretation of the Quran.
We must also remain vigilant and alert to the Chinese expansionism in the South China Seas. China continues to grow its military in an effort to catch up with the world's more prominent forces. Their future objective is to maintain a world class military with advanced weapons systems, and the ASCF continues to be attentive to their developments.
Yours for Peace Through Strength,