Pete Riehm column
Born to German immigrants, Pete Riehm grew up in Texas as a first generation American. Working his way through college, he enlisted in the US Naval Reserve. After graduating from the University of Houston, Pete was commissioned into the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also earned a Master's Degree in National Security from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

As a Surface Warfare Officer, Pete served in varied positions at sea and ashore. Deploying multiple times to the Mediterranean and Middle East, he participated in the Cold War, DESERT STORM in Saudi Arabia, the aborted invasion and the occupation of Haiti, and conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo. As Commanding Officer, U.S. Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center Mobile, Alabama, he prepared and trained troops for the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

After 21 years of Naval service, Pete retired in 2005 to private business where he continues as a Commercial Real Estate broker with CRE Mobile. Specializing mostly in industrial properties, Pete is also well versed and accomplished with office, land, multi-family, and hospitality properties.

In 2009, Pete co-founded the Common Sense Campaign, the south Alabama Tea Party. Always active in politics, Pete started broadcasting Common Sense Radio weekly in 2011 on FM Talk 106.5 and syndicating his Common Sense column weekly since 2015. His columns are Christian based, constitutionally focused, and always unabashedly conservative.

Blessed more than he deserves, Pete is married to Debra, his loving wife, with three grown children (Jessica married to Nathan Hyder, Justin, & Jennie), an adopted son (Trent), and six grandchildren (Alexis, Odin, Dahlia, Torrin, Davian, & Freya).


Build back baloney going for broke
Pete Riehm
August 8, 2022

Inflation continues soaring to generational records and the nation is assuredly sinking into recession. Small businesses, and particularly the middle class, . . .


Cow tipping and kowtowing
Pete Riehm
August 1, 2022

The Biden Administration has badly bungled America’s China policy, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi has completely confused US-Sino relations. Well, Americans are . . .


Election integrity is more important than who won
Pete Riehm
July 25, 2022

Election integrity is vital to the survival of our Constitutional Republic. The lynchpin to the peaceful transition of power in the United States is confidence . . .


A much diminished president
Pete Riehm
July 19, 2022

Nothing is going Joe Biden?s way, and no wonder since his disastrous wrong-headed policies have everything going against Americans. His administration insisted . . .


Defeating the American military from within
Pete Riehm
July 11, 2022

Confidence and faith in our government leaders, officials, and institutions has waxed and waned since our founding, but for most of our history most Americans . . .


Americans still celebrate Independence Day!
Pete Riehm
July 5, 2022

Everyday, there’s plenty of bad news, and really, when was there a time without bad news? Adversity is just a fact of life, but it’s how we deal with . . .


Gasps of a selfish, wicked generation
Pete Riehm
June 28, 2022

As foreshadowed by a historic shocking leak of a draft Supreme Court ruling about two months ago, the Supreme Court finally overturned Roe versus Wade.  . . .


Juneteenth is important to all Americans
Pete Riehm
June 20, 2022

Most Americans barely realize Juneteenth is now a federal holiday and too many both black and white don’t fully understand the history or appreciate the . . .


Fathers and men are MIA, missing in America
Pete Riehm
June 13, 2022

The Democrat Media Complex moans incessantly about the “war on women;” never mind that women outnumber men in college, law school, and medical school.  . . .


Choking American energy and the middle class
Pete Riehm
June 8, 2022

Watching the United States of America slip into a third world stupor has Americans stunned and befuddled how the greatest nation on the earth can be failing so . . .


Demagoguery will not protect our children!
Pete Riehm
May 31, 2022

The absolutely senseless school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, has stunned the country. Every mass murder is shocking, but the slaughter of innocent children is . . .


Our American heroes didn’t die for this!
Pete Riehm
May 24, 2022

Americans across the country are preparing to observe Memorial Day, the annual holiday set aside to honor and remember all who served in the American armed . . .


When does gun control make sense?
Pete Riehm
May 16, 2022

Crime is raging across the country. Crime is not only soaring; it is becoming commonplace. Crime is occurring with such regularity it actually and sadly seems . . .


Leftist abortion tantrum is absurd and alarming!
Pete Riehm
May 10, 2022

The recent malicious leak of the "draft" Supreme Court ruling that could potentially overturn Roe v. Wade is again exposing two inescapable facts about the . . .


Freedom of speech is in grave danger!
Pete Riehm
May 2, 2022

Freedom of speech is the cornerstone and touchstone of liberty in our Constitutional Republic. The most precious and important right of a free people is the . . .


Americans are tired of Democrat duplicity
Pete Riehm
April 24, 2022

As former Secretary of Defense, Roberts Gates, has stated, even Democrats know Joe Biden has been wrong about every foreign policy issue for half a century, but . . .


Why won’t Democrats solve the border crisis?
Pete Riehm
April 19, 2022

The American southern border has been increasingly problematic for decades. It has become a criminal problem, an economic problem, and a national security . . .


Voters must engage, but candidates must also campaign
Pete Riehm
April 11, 2022

Election season is in full swing. Candidates are scurrying about, the air waves are flooded, and your mailbox is stuffed. Candidates are desperate to get . . .


Hide the children!
Pete Riehm
April 4, 2022

Most Americans are wondering why can’t we just let kids be kids? Children are intrinsically curious, innocent, and loving; they view the world with wide-eyed . . .


Out-of-control crime is a symptom
Pete Riehm
March 28, 2022

The country is reeling from skyrocketing crime and there seems to be no hope in sight. Every urban area is setting crime records, and rural areas are being . . .


Stop! Men are not women
Pete Riehm
March 22, 2022

We are obviously well on our way to the dystopian society in George Orwell’s novel, “1984.” Addressing and allowing obvious men to pretend they are women . . .


Waging green war on America
Pete Riehm
March 15, 2022

Inflation was not an issue until Joe Biden swept away all Trump policies by Executive Order and then it started accelerating almost immediately. All last year, . . .


Evil cannot be ignored; it never rests
Pete Riehm
March 7, 2022

As the world watches the slow-moving brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine in abject horror, people around the world are repulsed and stunned. But as the arbitrary . . .


Did complicity or debility invite naked aggression?
Pete Riehm
March 2, 2022

After weeks of posturing and prevaricating by all parties, the world was stunned that Russia actually finally launched a full scale military invasion of Ukraine . . .


We The People must use our power before we lose it!
Pete Riehm
February 20, 2022

The world has always been crazy, but western democratic governments established the rule of law to moderate human passions and mitigate human insanity.  . . .


The mainstream press has failed America
Pete Riehm
February 14, 2022

Dating back to medieval times, society was divided into three estates or classes: the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners; these groups were considered the . . .


When governments turn on their citizens
Pete Riehm
February 7, 2022

Most western governments are grounded in the principle that the ultimate power resides with the people; they have the power of the ballot and wield their votes . . .


Is cancel culture finally cracking?
Pete Riehm
January 31, 2022

Cancel culture is simply censorship in its snarkiest form. Freedom of speech is a threat to dictators or those just trying to dominate or oppress others.  . . .


The Biden two step; first the bear, then the dragon
Pete Riehm
January 24, 2022

Dark clouds of war have been gathering for months and really for years, but the world has been distracted with a hyped pandemic loosed by a Chinese biological . . .


Martin Luther King had a dream for all Americans
Pete Riehm
January 18, 2022

On this year’s Martin Luther King Day commemoration, Dr. King’s dream is still alive but under attack; and his message seems lost. In today’s . . .


From 2 weeks to 2 years, the main casualties are liberty and truth
Pete Riehm
January 10, 2022

The planet is coming up on two years of pandemic pandemonium and paranoia. In March 2020, Americans were told we needed to shut down the country for just two . . .


Leftists still obsessing and selling insurrection lie
Pete Riehm
January 5, 2022

After a year of incessantly lying and whining about an insurrection that never happened, the Democrat media complex is still intensely insisting that the 6 . . .


A year of disaster and discernment
Pete Riehm
January 4, 2022

After 2020, it was hard to imagine a worse year, but 2021 showed us when things are bad, they can get worse and a lot worse. With the current crazy political . . .


A year of disaster and discernment
Pete Riehm
December 27, 2021

After 2020, it was hard to imagine a worse year, but 2021 showed us when things are bad, they can get worse and a lot worse. With the current crazy political . . .


Christ is missing from more than just Christmas
Pete Riehm
December 21, 2021

For years, Christians, whose numbers seem to be dwindling, have complained about the commercialization of Christmas. The emphasis on gifts over the Christ . . .


Is World War III brewing?
Pete Riehm
December 15, 2021

More than a century ago, World War I was known as the “Great War.” Fought by nations large and small, it was touted as the “War to end all wars.” The . . .


Stop giving real racism a pass!
Pete Riehm
December 6, 2021

According to the Democrat Media Complex, “white supremacy” is far and away the biggest and worst threat to American society the past couple years and to . . .


Democrat lawlessness and media lies exposed
Pete Riehm
November 28, 2021

Most Americans don’t trust the media and politicians, but why does anyone believe them about anything anymore? The Democrat Media Complex pushed the Russia . . .


Losing everything to find it all!
Pete Riehm
November 21, 2021

An out-of-control federal government is sowing chaos across the nation in every aspect of our lives with inane policies and utter incompetence. Americans are . . .


Selling out the middle class
Pete Riehm
November 14, 2021

During the Trump years, the American Middle Class enjoyed a prosperous renaissance as manufacturing jobs returned and energy independence became real spurring a . . .


Democrat madness rejected; Democrats double down!
Pete Riehm
November 6, 2021

Americans have had enough of all the Democrat extreme leftist madness creating chaos and acrimony across the country. Americans went to the polls with a . . .


No one voted for this madness!
Pete Riehm
October 31, 2021

Nothing in America is going well. Literally every metric of American life is going in the wrong direction. In a new NBC poll, 71% of Americans believe the . . .


If we dare defend our rights, it’s time!
Pete Riehm
October 24, 2021

The official Alabama state motto is “Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere” which is Latin for “We dare defend our rights.” Marie Bankhead Owen, the director . . .


They really don’t care what we think!
Pete Riehm
October 18, 2021

The Constitution of the United States opens with the bold and unique assertion, “We The People.” In that simple yet incredible declaration is the . . .


Is COVID for control, or chaos?
Pete Riehm
October 10, 2021

The pernicious, persistent Chinese virus pandemic is coming up on two years of plaguing the world, and it appears there is no end in sight. The truly amazing . . .


Hey, Government, leave those kids alone!
Pete Riehm
October 4, 2021

For loving parents, children are an infinite joy and immeasurable treasure; their births are truly miraculous – each one a genuine gift from God. We love our . . .


China got what they wanted
Pete Riehm
September 28, 2021

In the wake of the diplomatic debacle and military embarrassment in Afghanistan, we might expect Joe Biden’s first speech to the United Nations as president . . .


Milley, Blinken, and Biden
Pete Riehm
September 20, 2021

Consistent with his half century record, Joe Biden is wrong about everything. Biden Administration policies have been so damaging and detrimental that in just . . .


Was George W. right?
Pete Riehm
September 14, 2021

On the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, President George W. Bush delivered a poignant, seemingly patriotic speech at the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, . . .


Surrender and shame on the 20th anniversary of 9/11
Pete Riehm
September 6, 2021

It has been twenty years since the cowardly sneak attacks on 9/11, 2001. Americans were shocked when Islamist terrorists crashed airliners full of innocent . . .


Losing Afghanistan and America
Pete Riehm
August 30, 2021

The diplomatic and military failures in Afghanistan have been acutely aggravating, but the horrific images of hundreds of mangled bodies after a suicide bomber . . .


Is it incompetence, cowardice, or complicity?
Pete Riehm
August 23, 2021

The unbelievable human tragedy unfolding in Afghanistan is also a travesty of epic proportions. When Afghanistan collapsed last week with alarming speed, it . . .


Biden’s Saigon
Pete Riehm
August 16, 2021

Obama Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is vindicated again on one of his most controversial statements about Joe Biden from his 2014 memoir when he wrote: “I . . .


Olympic games succumb to virus and wokeness
Pete Riehm
August 10, 2021

The delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics have come and gone. Did you miss it? Did you even realize the Olympics were just held and closed out? What happened to the . . .


Pursuing perpetual power by means of a permanent pandemic
Pete Riehm
August 2, 2021

Former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel once infamously quipped, "Never let a crisis go to waste." A corollary to that liberal proverb also . . .


Will the First Amendment survive COVID?
Pete Riehm
July 26, 2021

As the United States slides closer to socialism, the First Amendment has never been in greater jeopardy. Relentlessly and ridiculously accused of White . . .


Cubans protesting against socialism! That’s awkward!
Pete Riehm
July 19, 2021

On Sunday, 11 July 2021, thousands of Cubans took to the streets in dozens of Cuban cities to demand an end to the Castro regime and its brutal brand of . . .


Defund police: record crime racing to third-world status
Pete Riehm
July 11, 2021

With a complicit, fawning media, leftists foist an awful lot of absolutely absurd notions on Americans. They chant climate change mantras for decades, swearing . . .


LGBTQ+ – where's the 'P'?
Pete Riehm
July 5, 2021

Sex is surely not new, but sexualizing our culture is relatively new. About the past half century, education has been saturated and entertainment obsessed with . . .


America's founding is stronger than we think
Pete Riehm
June 28, 2021

Here upon the 245th anniversary of the founding of the United States, many Americans are wondering and worrying if we will even make it to our . . .


Pandering and pretense are perilous policies
Pete Riehm
June 20, 2021

As with all Democrats and leftists, the Biden administration is solely based on style over substance and intentions over actions. They never want an . . .


As beta males rise, America falls
Pete Riehm
June 14, 2021

Crime and danger are increasing; safety and serenity are decreasing. Decency and manners are waning; depravity and vulgarity are waxing. Morality is ebbing; . . .


Why can't parents control education?
Pete Riehm
June 7, 2021

The concept of public education is sound and in its first century was generally successful, but in the last about half century, public education has devolved . . .


What else have they lied about?!
Pete Riehm
June 1, 2021

After more than a year of covering for China and lying about the Chinese virus, the Democrat Media Complex and our federal government can no longer contain the . . .


Duty, honor, & country versus equity, race, & woke
Pete Riehm
May 27, 2021

Generally, Americans have little if any confidence in or trust of our federal government. The CDC has pretty much bungled the pandemic doing more damage than . . .


Welcome back, Carter!
Pete Riehm
May 18, 2021

It only took a little over 100 days, but that good old 1970s Carter malaise is back. Biden and his leftist puppeteers were in such a rush to undo everything . . .


Greatness only springs from goodness
Pete Riehm
May 14, 2021

Americans seem to be paralyzed with disbelief; they are basically in shock. The electorate seems hopelessly divided, everything is going in the wrong direction . . .


America needs mothers!
Pete Riehm
May 10, 2021

Just when you think “woke” nonsense can’t get any sillier, over emotional under thoughtful leftists come up with more absurd insanity. In the relentless . . .


People just wanna have freedom!
Pete Riehm
May 6, 2021

The Chinese virus pandemic has been dragging on for over a year now. First, it was no masks, then it was definitely masks, and now maybe it’s two masks.  . . .


The last straw!
Pete Riehm
May 4, 2021

Despite Joe Biden’s consistent evasions and persistent denials during the campaign, he and his radical leftist handlers always planned to pack the Supreme . . .


Huge January 6 LIE imploded!
Pete Riehm
May 3, 2021

For months, the Democrat Media Complex has breathlessly reported about the “deadly” Capitol riots on January 6 and robotically repeated “five dead” . . .


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