Friday, January 6, 2012
The insidious nature of American military reductions
Many Americans are alarmed by the bold move of the man who occupies the Oval Office to downsize the American military. News reports are calling this the most significant shift in military strategy since World War II. In short, the US will reduce its presence in Europe, turn its focus toward the Asian Pacific and China, rely more heavily on technology, and reduce the troop strength. This administration has decided to give the impression that budget cuts will come in military programs rather than social programs. The announcement at the Pentagon has sent ripples around the world, especially among allies who have grown dependent on a US military presence.
One one hand, it is good to reduce the size of our military and cut spending by eight percent over a ten year period. The US has become too military heavy, too much of a nation-building super power, too eager to overlay "democracy" onto systems that are totally incompatible with the responsibilities of representative government. By legitimizing an antichrist system through democracy, America has been the catalyst of nurturing evil and assisting it to grow into a formidable oppressor of religious freedom, free speech and human rights. For all the hard earned taxpayer money America's leaders have sown for a crop of peace, the harvest has been one of hatred, war, economic hardship and global instability.
On the other hand, it is conspicuous that this particular president and administration is targeting the military at this point in our nation's history. Given his promise to "remake" America, he has been true to his word. This administration has apologized for America's greatness; has refused to enforce its laws on border security, marriage, energy policy and more; has put taxpayers into historic debt; has advanced the cause of homosexuality; has overseen high unemployment and home foreclosures; has supported terrorists as a foreign policy partners; has appointed questionable Muslims to high places in the administration and the courts; and much more. It looks as though this president is trying to destroy America.
George Washington, in his 1796 Farewell Address, advised America about foreign policy: "Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct...to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence." Washington believed that foreign policy based on religion and morality is worthy of a great nation. America is drifted far from this precept as our leaders have deceived us and led us astray. Proverbs 29:2 says, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn." The time ahead will be laced with hardship. Let us discern well and act wisely.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!