Author: Jeff Lukens

Profile: Jeff Lukens is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets. He can be contacted at


July 20, 2009

Slouching Toward Orwell’s 1984

George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” tells of an advanced world where there are no individual freedoms, and the state uses fear to manipulate and control people to conform to a prescribed belief. In the book, the Party maintains absolute power, and …

May 3, 2009

When the Obama Backlash Comes

Filed under: In The News,Politics In General - 03 May 2009

Public opinion can be very fickle. Barack Obama has ridden a positive wave of opinion all the way to the White House. The public has welcomed him into office in that same spirit of hope in which he ran. Since …

January 23, 2009

A Crisis Too Great to Waste

So Barack Obama proposes massive government spending like we have never seen before as our way back to economic prosperity. Yet wasn’t it a mountain of unpayable debt that got us into this financial crisis in the first place? The …

October 19, 2008

The Price of Political Correctness

“Silence is the virtue of fools,” Sir Francis Bacon once said. Instead of silence, today Bacon would be referring to a mindless politeness on what can and cannot be spoken in the public arena. We call it political correctness. Yet …

September 24, 2008

NATO’s Uncertain Future

Filed under: Foreign Countries & Policy - 24 Sep 2008

Russia’s invasion of Georgia in August marked a return to their historic pattern of imperial conquest. Without confronting NATO directly, Vladimir Putin signaled he intends to keep Georgia and Ukraine in Russia’s sphere of influence, and keep them from joining …

August 11, 2008

No More Vietnams

The war in Iraq may be ending in much the same way the war in Vietnam appeared to be ending in 1973 with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords. We had finally won in Vietnam, but then lost the …

June 4, 2008

Was the Iraq War Worth It?

They say if it bleeds, it leads on the nightly news. The recent silence from the mainstream news media on Iraq, however, is speaking volumes. While the war remains unpopular, our success there has been unmistakable. The Iraqi people, with …

April 24, 2008

Global Pressures Outpace Military Funding

Filed under: American Military - 24 Apr 2008

As the leader of the free world, the United States has a responsibility to lead. This has been our reality as a nation since the 1940s. As such, we need a well-funded military. Today, however, our military forces are desperately …

March 19, 2008

Church and State are Mutually Supportive

Our country and its laws were established on the fundamental belief that our morality emanates from God. While the Constitution begins with the line, “We the people,” it does not contain any religious words. Some people cite this as evidence …

February 27, 2008

Is Christian Tolerance Tolerable Anymore?

Intolerance may be one of the most serious charges in America today. It seems to carry much emotional firepower without requiring much evidence. And it often seems the greatest offenders are Christians. Our modern code of “tolerance” has been the …

February 14, 2008

Candidate McCain and Economic Straight-Talk

Talking tough on terrorism will not be enough for Senator John McCain to sustain his candidacy. McCain fashions himself as a maverick, or should we say liberal, on many issues. Liberals, however, long ago relinquished the intellectual agenda to the …

January 3, 2008

Reflections on the Watergate Tragedy

Filed under: History - 03 Jan 2008

To understand Watergate, we need to understand the times in which Richard Nixon was president. Nixon was the only president of the 20th Century to face an unyielding and organized resistance to a war. LBJ had handed him a war …

November 28, 2007

Tightening the Noose on Iran

Filed under: Foreign Countries & Policy,War On Terror - 28 Nov 2007

Al-Qaeda has suffered a humiliating defeat in Iraq, and the Sunnis who were once allied with them now oppose them. We may be finally witnessing an historic change in a democratic Iraq that will have profound effects throughout the region. …

September 29, 2007

The Bible and the Origins of Western Culture

Filed under: American Society & Heritage,Religion & Faith - 29 Sep 2007

Our progressive culture is separated into those who believe in the Bible and those who do not. Many people believe the scriptures to be the revealed word of God that provides a moral foundation to human behavior that cannot be …

August 23, 2007

GOP YouTube Debate Back On, But Will It Be Worthwhile?

Filed under: Academia, Media & Hollywood,The Republicans - 23 Aug 2007

Well it looks like Republicans will be participating in a CNN/YouTube debate after all. The event is now set for Nov. 28 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The campaigns of Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and others have signed on for the …

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