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It’s Time to Get Defensive

I just returned from an awesome men’s event hosted by Pastor Rick and my Band of Brothers at Word and Worship Church. Wow! It was incredible! There’s nothing like being around a group of men who love Jesus and who are committed to linking arms to bring about revival and reformation in our nation and the world!

Perhaps all of the testosterone and war imagery has created a heightened awareness of the importance of our national defense. After watching various movie clips from cinematic greats such as Saving Private Ryan, Braveheart, Pearl Harbor, and Gladiator, one cannot miss the message: we need strong men and a strong military if we expect to enjoy our freedom and liberty.

This is why I am greatly concerned, and you should be too. The Preamble of our Constitution establishes the reasons for which our federal government exists. This is important for us to know because “we the people” are responsible for holding our elected officials accountable. It reads:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Some would argue that the primary function of our federal government is national defense. This is why we should all be gravely concerned. While our government has no problem spending trillions of dollars on things they have absolutely zero constitutional authority, our defense spending is at nearly historic lows. According to a recent report from the Heritage Foundation, “During World War II we spent 38% of gross domestic product (GDP) on defense; during the Korean War it was 14%; Vietnam 10%, and the Cold War 7%. Yet since 2001, defense spending has averaged roughly 4% of GDP.”

The impact on our military readiness is beginning to take its toll. The report reveals, “Air Force tactical aircraft are, on average, over 20 years old; bombers nearly 30; and tankers about 45 years old.” And with our military personnel in the midst of two wars, the Obama administration is looking to slash the budget even more.

To put our government’s misdirected spending priorities into perspective, “Mandatory spending on entitlements and interest on the debt currently accounts for over 50% of the federal budget, while defense spending accounts for less than one-fifth.”

Reagan reminded Americans that “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” It’s our job to remind the current administration. It’s time to get defensive!

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