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 9, 2007

Richard Nixon Reconsidered

Filed under: American Government,History - 09 Jul 2007

Among the many remarkable presidents of the 20th Century, Richard Milhous Nixon remains the most fascinating and controversial. Nixon was a man of great vision who could have been a great president. He was a paradox – a political phenomenon …

May 25, 2007

Build the Fence Now

Filed under: Featured Conservative,Immigration - 25 May 2007

There is an old saying that a good fence makes for good neighbors. This truism has never been more applicable than with our Southern neighbor of Mexico. A good fence makes good immigration policy too. Unfortunately, the current Senate …

May 11, 2007

The Way Ahead in Iraq

Filed under: War On Terror - 11 May 2007

Recently, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid bluntly stated that he believes the war in Iraq is lost. His party gained control of Congress last fall on the voter’s belief that a new approach toward the war was needed, but not …

April 28, 2007

The Awakening Russian Bear

Filed under: Foreign Countries & Policy - 28 Apr 2007

The fearsome Russian Bear appears to be coming out of a 16-year hibernation. President Vladimir Putin says he wants to regain Russia’s prominence in the world community, and his actions are backing up his words. Unencumbered by Marxist dogma, …

March 7, 2007

Reruns of That ’70s Show

Many antiwar activists are so cut off from reality that they imagine America’s defeat in the Middle East without consequence. Even when the root causes of terrorism clearly lie in that region of the world, those nostalgic for the 1970s …

February 11, 2007

A Friend On A Mission

Filed under: Religion & Faith - 11 Feb 2007

Most people in America focus on gaining ever more money, power and status. Once in a great while, you come across someone who could have these treasures abundantly, but chooses not to seek them. Instead, he or she strives for a higher purpose in life. This is a story of such a person.

About five years ago, I would journey across Tampa every Monday night to the Seminole Heights area to attend a Bible study with about 100 other men. I had been doing this for a few years, and over time I had become the treasurer of the group.

February 2, 2007

Our Intentions Were Noble in Vietnam

Filed under: Featured Conservative,History - 02 Feb 2007

We owe a better remembrance for the blood-sacrifice our veterans made in this misunderstood war. In the Cold War, the belief was that if South Vietnam fell to the communists, then like dominoes all the countries of Southeast Asia would …

January 11, 2007

Playing To Win In Iraq

Filed under: Featured Conservative,War On Terror - 11 Jan 2007

Imagine a Super Bowl football team quitting the game in the third quarter simply because they were behind. The premise is so absurd it is inconceivable. So too would be our quitting a war to protect our way of life …

December 14, 2006

Remembering Why We Celebrate Christmas

It’s the annual “December dilemma” for public officials on how celebrate a religious holiday without being sued by the ACLU. Gee, talk about Grinch. The secularist campaign to remove Christ from Christmas, and any religious reference of the holiday from …

December 8, 2006

Did U.S. Elections Signal End To Democracy In Iraq?

Elections have consequences. And for our recent election, the consequences have been a major setback in the war on terror and a greater threat to terrorist attack at home. This is so because a public with an attention deficit disorder …

November 20, 2006

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is a chance to gather with loved ones and share in a time-honored American tradition. For some, it is an excuse to stuff themselves with turkey and football. For others, it is a special time of “giving thanks” for blessings in their lives.

One may ask, “thanks to whom?” Well, thanks to God, of course. Never before has the question been difficult to answer. Perhaps we should consider that America’s blessings of prosperity, freedom, justice, peace and opportunity. They are gifts from a mighty and gracious God. These days, however, the preeminence of God may look more like a matter of opinion.

October 29, 2006

Folks, Let’s Talk Seriously About The War

My 21-year-old son recently joined the Army reserves, and is now in basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. He writes to tell me that his drill sergeants are telling him that, reservist or not, get ready to go to …

October 2, 2006

Reassessing The Growing Chinese Threat

At a time when Islamic terrorism captures the headlines, another equally ominous threat to our national security is quietly on the rise. China is undergoing a sustained effort to strengthen its military. So much so, in fact, that their annual …

August 14, 2006

Searching For Heroes At The Movies

Rarely these days do you see a movie that would make John Wayne proud. In an age of moral equivalence, heroes at the movies have become hard to find. “World Trade Center” is a good film because it …

July 5, 2006

Is America Headed For Decline?

Filed under: American Society & Heritage,Religion & Faith - 05 Jul 2006

“What one generation allows in moderation,” it was once said, “the next accepts in excess.” This has certainly been true in America in recent years. Anyone old enough to be raising children has witnessed firsthand the decline of moral …

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