by Richard Thompson, Hillsdale College
The preamble to the Constitution makes very clear the responsibility of the American people to “provide for the common defense.” But in recent years we have been faced with an unfortunate question: how? Automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, are sizably reducing U.S. military power and making it impossible to carry out our duty to defend this country. Representative Allen West (R-FL) attended the Eagle Forum Summit last Thursday, July 19th to discuss United States military superiority and the threat of sequestration.
“We have to understand that we cannot look at our military as a bill payer for fiscal irresponsibility in Washington D.C,” West said. “What we end up doing with the United States military is we look and say, ‘here’s 20 dollars, go figure out how you’re going to protect the United States of America.’ It cannot be
budget based; it has to be based on the threat that is out there.”
West noted that America has a history of gutting its military after every major conflict dating back to World War I. Recalling Ronald Reagan’s mantra of “peace through strength,” West stressed the importance of moving away from the mentality that post-war situations call for a smaller military force.
It is unthinkable that the Obama administration is so willing to allow all four branches of the military to take such devastating hits, but is indisposed to touching welfare and other social reform programs. America cannot survive as a country if it first does not have a strong military. We need more patriots like Allen West who are willing to stand up to the bureaucrats in Washington and say what absolutely needs to be said.
“It’s not about us trying to be a hegemon,” West said. “ It’s not about us trying to be an empire. It is about us understanding that we are a beacon of liberty, freedom, and democracy. We are a beacon that other people depend upon.”