All twenty-first century politicians, Republican or Democrat, liberal, moderate, or conservative, are now faced with a new dilemma that can change not only the shape of foreign policy in this country, but in the degree of freedom in the freest country in the world forever.
Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither, said Ben Franklin. I have always believed that has been part of the character make-up of the American people. Less than a year away from the nation’s bi-sesquicentennial (250th birthday on 07/04/2016), there is apparently a drastic shift in mentality among younger generation of Americans with many elders rethinking the wisdom of Ben Franklin. With all due respect to George Washington, we would have probably been forced into a world economy even if the historical events that led to NATO and other permanent alliances. But this is the first time in the history of this country we are forming disunion factions within our own borders and would like to profile them in ways that infringe on their rights as Americans.
A poem written by Emma Lazarus The New Colossus is engraved on the Statue of Liberty and ends with
…”Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost [sic] to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Although the poem does not empower any American anymore than does the preamble of The Constitution, like the preamble itself is the mission statement of The United States of America, the Lazarus poem is a subset to that mission and is a precursor to a vision statement to provide a haven of freedom to those from oppressed lands who risk their lives to set foot on the soil hallowed by from every mountainside, let freedom ring. Metaphorically speaking, that inscription has been covered with an oversized Sorry, We’re Closed sign the shop on the corner hangs in the window after hours and the golden door Lazarus refers to has been boarded shut.
Today’s American takes an attitude America is for Americans. I plea with any Generation-X-er or Millennial to do some research and realize if not a Native American once referred to as American Indians, you are of immigrant descent. We are the globe’s ultimate melting pot for all nationalities and belief systems, religious or otherwise. How do you call yourself a conservative if you don’t understand this? If we are one nation under God then we are saved through the grace of God and to sacrifice liberty for security, not only chips away at the foundation of freedom this great nation was built upon, but also creates doubt in one’s belief in God. Even if you are not religious, God, godliness, and scripture provide the only natural source of morality within the human species. Even atheists understand why some people must believe in God although they personally do not.
I have said time and time again that a balanced budget is essential if America is to be restored to its lofty status in the world. We were tested to the match on 9/11/2001 when Bill Clinton, to his credit, gave us a balanced budget but we had to go back into debt to fight the war on terrorism. We cannot make draconian spending cuts with respect to defense, but then again, the military is the one service the federal government is obligated to provide—even in 1789.
Do we repeal the 2nd Amendment? Although the NRA slogan If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns should be taken with a grain of salt, no extreme gun control laws are going to prevent Sandy Hook, Paris, or San Bernardino from happening, the latter two ascribed to radical Islamic terrorism. If you intend to do bad and break laws, gun laws are no exception. The other extreme would not work either where you would require everyone at the age of the majority to carry a gun unless categorized as mentally unstable. First of all, if you have the right to bear arms, by default, you also have the right not to bear arms and mandates are just as much as an obstruction of freedom as prohibitions. This is why I don’t understand how Obamacare is constitutional. Personally, you have to be plum loco to not want health insurance in the world we live in today. But mandates and fines via the income tax are not the way to go. And the only precedent the liberals quote is the requirement to purchase a musket during the American Revolution. Back then, we did not have a constitution and we were not a sovereign nation until we actually won the war with Great Britain. Federal statutes setting standards for employers to offer health insurance to all full-time employees, no refusals to cover pre-existing conditions and allow children on parent’s health plan until age twenty-six, plus offer health savings accounts, is the way to go. There are some good reasons to have some gun control, but sacrificing liberty for security is not one of them.
With a balanced budget, we can ensure a strong military defense from now until the end of time. We cannot be isolationists especially if a nation like Iran ever gets a nuclear bomb. What we can do is be the world’s ultimate example for freedom. The price we pay for that is we have to be a superpower in the world and we have to be militarily strong no matter what. We need to have lower corporate taxes to keep corporations in America, manufacturer, and develop domestic energy sources so we can be less dependent on hostile and tyrannical nations but we must maintain our identity in the world as the melting pot for those seeking freedom from oppression
with natural born Americans leading the way, leading by example, and ensuring the government makes the preservation of freedom its number one priority. Yes, I subscribe to America First. But we have to earn it everyday and maintain an open-door policy with respect to planet Earth.