Ships of State that is.
Once wars made presidents popular. Think of Washington and the Revolution, Lincoln and the Civil War, McKinley and the Spanish American War, FDR and WW II. Maybe that was because we used to win wars.
Korea ran Truman out of office. Vietnam made LBJ decide not to run. Before the Silent Coup, Nixon (who ended the war) was tarred with the Vietnam brush. With America winning once again, George the First got a bump from the 100 day Gulf One before we all read his lips. Then rounding out the results of quagmire wars George the Second after soaring in the aftermath of 9-11 ran aground on the sand bars of Iraq.
I am a non-interventionist. I believe in America First. I support the foreign policy of Thomas Jefferson, “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”
We don’t need to intervene in the wars of others. We don’t need to fight proxy wars in foreign lands. We don’t need to crusade our way into a religious war with over a billion people.
We have a war right here, the Culture War long ago defined by the prescient ideological father of the Trump Revolution, Pat Buchanan at the 1992 Republican Convention when he said, “There is a religious war going on in this country. It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we shall be as was the Cold War itself, for this war is for the soul of America.”
The Progressives of the Obamanation, their Clintonian allies in New York’s Sixth Crime Family, and the Sandersnista Antifa Black Shirts have been stalled in their Long March to a socialist America by the Trump phenomenon. Daily the ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBS Cartel hammers away in their effort to de-legitimize President Trump. The low information voters who get their personal opinions from the Democrat stenographers in the Cartel repeat the talking points released by Schumer, Pelosi, and the Deep State. The RINOs following McCain are yearning to stretch their hands across the aisles doing anything they can to embarrass or undermine President Trump.
The neo-con dream weavers are working day and night to lure Mr. Trump into a foreign adventure. If they can somehow get a war started that they can hang around his neck the miracle election may fizzle into the counter-revolution of a midterm election debacle and the inevitable impeachment hearings that would bring.
Instead of following the McCain/Krauthammer/Crystal wing to war somewhere for something lets quit subsidizing the economies of over a hundred countries with our bases. Bring our troops home let them build the wall and secure our own borders. Build the most sophisticated and powerful defenses imagined and defend America First.
An American hero once said, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” The torpedoes of war often sink the ship of state. Even the victorious often fall victim to the terminal bleeding of a Pyrrhic victory. Look at Britain. They lost two generations to win two world wars and the empire they fought to save died from the wounds.
Mr. President I know the pressure to go to war is mounting. To take a battle cry from the dis-loyal opposition, “Resist!” Defend us if we are attacked. Build the Wall. Secure the border. Win the war at home don’t be sidetracked into the abyss that has swallowed other presidencies. We won the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and then the protracted nation-building melted the consensus of world support we received after 9-11. To many around the world and here at home we have become the aggressors. Look what it did to the approval rating for George the Second.
War always leads to destruction. It’s supposed to. Since Truman invented the idea of limited war even the victories have felt more like defeats. Look at Vietnam. Mr. President you were elected by people who want secure borders, a rebirth of American industry, and a return to the fundamentals of the American Experiment; limited government, personal liberty, and economic opportunity. Don’t fall into the trap of a foreign war. Win the war at home instead.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens [email protected] Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens