Defending freedom is a choice that must be made by United States citizens and leaders alike. We now have a President who does not believe that America is any more unique than any other country.
President Ronald Reagan saw it differently. He explained to Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev: "When World War II ended, the United States had the only undamaged industrial power in the world. Our military might was at its peak, and we alone had the ultimate weapon, the nuclear weapon, with the unquestioned ability to deliver it anywhere in the world. If we had sought world domination then, who could have opposed us? But the United States followed a different course, one unique in all the history of mankind. We used our power and wealth to rebuild the war-ravished economies of the world, including those of the nations who had been our enemies." President Reagan had such strong feelings about America being exceptional that he once described our nation as "this experiment in liberty, this last, best hope of man."
President Obama considers our country as just another country with declining power, and his policies are quickly turning us into a nation that is looking more like Europe every week. Kim Holmes, PhD, a vice president at Heritage for foreign and defense policy studies, wrote, "We are headed down a European path. … According to the President's budget, defense spending over the next few years will continue to fall relative to the economy, from 4.9 percent to 3.6 percent of GDP by 2015. Indeed, defense was the target of roughly half of the Administration's $17 billion in spending cuts in 2010. Some 50 defense programs were truncated or eliminated, compromising not only our future air and naval superiority, but also our defense against ballistic missiles."
This is particularly frightening because we know that Greece is being bailed out financially and other European nations are struggling. President Reagan doctrine was "peace through strength." He thought that we should maintain military and economic strength in order to keep other nations from attacking us. President Obama obviously thinks that strength comes through apology.
We each need to decide NOW where we stand. What principles do we really believe? Which doctrine do we think is best for our nation? If you believe that "peace through strength" is the best way, you might want to join the battle to elect conservatives. If you are interested in supporting the conservative movement, check out Senator Jim DeMint here.