June 6, 2009

Provide for the common defense

With so many Americans suffering in the midst of this "great recession", it has been very easy for the media and politicians to gloss over the very real threats that exist to our national security.

North Korea continues to rattle its saber and the Chinese appear completely unwilling to engage in efforts to suppress North Korean aggression. President Obama has stated that Iran has the "right" to develop its nuclear program for domestic energy. Meanwhile, Iran continues to deny access to the very international inspectors who are working to ensure that Iran's nuclear program is not weaponized. We are blind to Iranian intentions. Militant Islamists continue their march through Pakistan toward the seat of its government. Each of these situations pose a threat to the United States.

The primary role of our Government is to protect the people of the United States. Everything else is secondary to that responsibility. While North Korea tests long range missiles and Iran marches toward a nuclear bomb, the President and the Nancy Pelosi led Congress are cutting funding for missile defense. While Pakistan teeters on the edge of becoming a radical Islamist nuclear power, the President and Democrats in Congress are decimating the defense budget.

Governor Mitt Romney stated "I do not believe that the cause of freedom ended with the close of the last century, nor that America can afford complacency in its defense. America is still the hope of the world. We must confront clearly and courageously the threats to freedom, and we must resolutely sustain the capabilities we need to protect our security and sustain the cause of liberty." I couldn't agree more.

Our country remains the beacon of hope and freedom in the world. We must continue to be vigilant. Although we all hope for a peaceful world, hope is not an effective defense against tyrants, totalitarians, and militants who despise our way of life. As a nation, we must make our national security a top priority. After all, if our enemies succeed in carrying out their intentions for our country, nothing else will matter.

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