A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Steven Machuga, who has a background in charity work for members of the military. Machuga recently founded Stack-Up.org, a military-focused charity to realize his vision: bringing happiness and peace to deployed members of the military through care packages that feature video games.
The critics of Harjit Sajjan and of other Sikhs in the armed forces are forgetting that based on the very Sikh tenet of fighting injustice, Sikhs in the military have the power to bring positive change and take action to make the military a more just organization. Moreover, battling for justice is a part of Sikhism and looking at our history.
After 15 years of grinding war with no obvious end in sight, pundit outrage may be misplaced. Focusing on Washington rather than on distant war zones, it becomes clear that the military establishment does indeed have a strategy, a highly successful one, which is to protect and enhance its own prosperity.
Yesterday, Hillary Clinton gave a foreign policy speech in San Diego that was notably flat and misleading. It's been getting decent reviews in the mainstream media for the zingers she tossed at Donald Trump. But when you listen to the speech and think about it, you realize how insipid and unoriginal it really was.
As the sun rises on Memorial Day weekend in Bakersfield, CA, more than 100 volunteers will converge on a popular local park to transform the lush green landscape into a sea of red, white, and blue. Crews will spend their Saturday morning attaching 1,000 American flags to metal poles, then strategically placing them across the park's hills and around the lake. The result is a spectacle that has become the city's newest, yet most visible Memorial Day tradition.