Congress Passes Budget-Cutting Plan, Sends to Obama
|April 16th, 2011, 03:10 PM||#11 (permalink)|
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All of my adult life, I have defended the cause of the military and I will continue to do so...at least for the men and women sent to do a politicians bidding....However, my unrelenting defense of the political leaders that use the military has come to an end.
Our founding fathers never wanted a standing army. The right to bear arms is at its core, a method to assure that corrupt and oppressive government will never be able to overcome the population by force of arms. I was riding in a taxi a few years ago in a third world country that has a brutal and oppressive dictatorship and asked my guide, "Why doesn't the people throw off the government?" His response. "They have the guns". Simple but powerful.
Instead of a standing army which nations throughout history have used to project force around the world and to oppress its own citizens, our founding fathers wanted a well armed militia. This being defined as citizens who would at the appearance of a foreign threat, take up their personal arms and defend themselves against the foreign invaders. Beyond that, the idea of an standing military was abhorrent to them.
Our national guard or the more preferably, the state national guard is the modern day version of that vision. I think the founding fathers would roll over in their graves if they knew the size and cost of the current standing army and its projection of force operations world wide.
I know there is an argument to be made for the projection of force...fight them there or fight them here. Take your pick, I think however, if the enemy knew that our citizen population would meet them at the shore and at the border with millions of personal weapons and a strong desire to protect their families and homes, no one would dare try.
We have two large oceans to protect us, a very inhospitable desert to the south through which any invader would have to come through and an extremely long northern border with Canada through which a foreign invader would have to pass after first crossing the two previously mentioned oceans.
I doubt seriously that we would face much danger from any of the current global power players if we simply brought our boys home, let them keep the fancy weapons the military issues and told them to be ready if the need arose. And if we simply required like Israel and several other countries each person, eighteen or older to serve two years in the national guard to train them to use weapons and be part of a national defense corp, we'd be fine. We would have a very small military in terms of having people and facilities to make sure all citizens were prepared and to manage the training process. Other than that, no standing military unless needed by a threat to our actual shores and borders.
As to projection of force globally, the only reason I can find to justify is money......bankers, corporations and politicians get rich oppressing those who cannot defend themselves.
As Baron Von-Rothschild of Bank of England fame once said, "I care not who is right or wrong in conflict, just let me finance both sides". I am paraphrasing a bit there as I cannot remember the exact quote but that is the gist of it. He also said "The time to buy is when there is blood in the streets". He meant literally.....blood flowing in the streets of a nations cities.....talk about wholesale prices....
I submit for your consideration a few quotes from our Founding Fathers:
"A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions of liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people. James Madison
"A standing army is one of the greatest mischiefs that can happen" James Madison
"War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen and unsupposed circumstances....that no human wisdom can calculate the end. It has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes." Thomas Paine
"Standing armies are dangerous to liberty" Alexander Hamilton
"With regard to the militia, it must be observed that though the President has the command of them when called into the actual service of the United States, yet he has not the power of calling them out." James Iredell
"Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations." James Madison
"None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army." Thomas Jefferson
"United under one government, we will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inaupisicous to liberty, and which are to be regarded to as particularly hostile to a republican liberty." George Washington Here he used the term republican not as a political party but as a form of government.
"Of all the enemies to public liberty war, is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debt and taxes; and armies, debt and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing minds are add to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual war." James Madison
I could go on and on....suffice to say, we were meant to be a nation of armed but peace loving citizens. Ask yourself, does this look like what we are today?
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