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In the 1930s America was still a military weakling. Now we are a preeminent World Power and spend about $630 billion per year on our “defense”. Our costs continue to rise every year and we need to question our purposes. The more we spend, the more vulnerably we become. We make ourselves Less Secure. It seems counter-intuitive until examined seriously.
Rather than detail each one of our expensive military weapons (it would fill many pages), it is fair to say that most of our weapons are essentially useless in that they do not make us any safer. Other countries object to being under our heavy handed dominance. They no longer can be intimidated. Our military involvement only makes a problem worse. Our military strength becomes useless. Over 190 countries are laughing at us, yet our politicians seem oblivious to reality. Much of our political system is based upon the profits from the production of weapons of war. We have placed key weapons production sites in every state to assure continued support from Congress (reelected every two years). Our political system has put us immobilized in a head-lock-grip. No change is allowed.
The rich and super rich have driven us to this desperate condition. Money has been the driving force and it is difficult to stop. Like an obsession, it defies logic and reason.
Our greedy and bankrupt policies offer no defense for the “Car Bomb” or for the “Suicide Bomber”. Both of which are in response to our awesome weaponry. They are not intimidated. But, they hate us more than life itself. They refuse to be bossed around, belittled, and disrespected. Humans have a strong contrarian streak. Life without self respect and dignity is not worth living. They have responded with “The Suicide Bomber” for which there is no defense. We could be much safer and more respected in the world if we lived up to the noble values expounded by our founding fathers.
Our future safety can be assured by a better educated populace who vote regularly. Better leaders can then be expected (They are sorely needed). That can best be achieved with better schools, better programs, and better paid teachers. Teachers need to be honored, esteemed, and paid appropriately.
We must start by taking funds from the military budget to pay for better education. That could require about $5 billion for needed early education reforms. Those dollars could come from just a 1% cut in the purchase of the new F-35 fighter planes. Another 1% cut from the military could save $6 billion and provide free college for all qualified citizens.
This nation is no stronger than the qualities of its people. A better educated “New Generation” is the key to a thriving modern society.
MORE AND BETTER VOTERS WILL HASTEN PROGRESS