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8 Steps to Revive the Right

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  1. Zbigniew Mazurak says:

    Shame on you, Macgregor, for lying so blatantly and for advocating the gutting of the US military. I hope you will be pleased with the results you’ll see in a few years. You are a traitor to the United States of America, just like Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan, and like them, you deserve to be executed as such. And you are certainly not a conservative.

  2. Zbigniew Mazurak says:

    “7. Abandon the Warfare State: Patrick Buchanan and Ron Paul have been right about this for years. According to Pew Research, Americans by enormous margins want the United States to stop interfering in the affairs of other states and focus resources at home. Americans also recognize, as Chris Preble and Ben Friedman of the Cato Institute recently penned, that “the United States needn’t run the world to be safe in it.” In fact, trying to manage world affairs has made us weaker not stronger. Along these lines, we can and must cut our ridiculous defense budget, which exceeds the military spending of all other industrial nations put together. Supporting a strong national defense is not synonymous with advocating interventionism overseas, nor is it synonymous with profligate military spending.”

    Those are utter blatant lies.

    Firstly, America’s defense budget is far from “ridiculous.” It amounts to only 3.96% of the nation’s GDP and less than 18% of the entire federal budget. And it has already been cut significantly, having been targeted by the Obama administration since the day it took office. Obama has already cut well over a trillion dollars from defense spending, he’s cutting it further, and the sequester, if allowed, to stand, will cut the defense budget by another $550 billion by FY2022.

    These defense cuts have already significantly weakened the US military and invited aggression and adventurism on the part of US adversaries such as China and Russia – Crimea being just the latest example. If these defense cuts continue, the US will be left with a woefully inadequate navy of just 230 old, rusting, ships, a tiny Air Force with but a handful of bombers and a rapidly shrinking fleet of aging fighters and tankers, and an Army unable to prevail in a single war. Readiness will plummet, the nuclear deterrent will age out without replacement, and the military will completely lose its technological edge while shrinking rapidly.

    Cutting defense spending deeply ALWAYS weakens the US military, and that, in turn, ALWAYS emboldens America’s enemies, encouraging them to commit aggression.

    Also, the US is NOT a “warfare” state. It spends barely 3.96% of GDP and less than 18% of the federal budget on its military. Entitlements and the debt interest consume well over 60%. Some warfare state! More like “welfare state.”

    As for foreign policy and the question of intervening, or not, overseas, Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul have always been DEAD WRONG about this, and they STILL remain dead wrong, even if, as Pew tells us, a slight majority of Americans now agrees with them.

    History teaches that even if the US tries to isolate itself from the rest of the world and ignore overseas threats, these threats will eventually attack the US directly. The crocodile WILL eventually come to eat us. That is an unavoidable fact. Isolationism didn’t work during the supposedly halcyon years of the Founding Fathers, it didn’t work in the 1930s, and it wouldn’t work today either. When dangerous aggressors attack America’s key allies or try to take control over crucial geographic points, transit routes, sealanes, or natural resources, the US MUST intervene – because AMERICA’S own national security depends on that.

    That is not to say that the US should intervene in every country around the world, or make every conflict in the world its own. But it must stand up to powerful, dangerous aggressors such as Russia and China – because if it does not, they will take control over key geographic areas, routes, and natural resources, and eventually attack the US itself. Russia has, since 2012, flown nuclear-armed bombers near or into US airspace, practicing nuclear strikes on the US, several times.

    Last but certainly not least, cutting defense spending and withdrawing America from world affairs would not earn Republicans (or the Tea Party) a single new vote. Not even one. According to a new poll just released by Gallup, only 37% of Americans think the US is spending too much on the military, while the other 63% says US military spending is “about right” or insufficient. In other words, 63% of Americans OPPOSE defense spending cuts.

    America already has one weak defense party. It does need a second one. That market has already been taken.

  3. omega_man says:

    Bravo!

    Whenever I get really down listening to our politicians, I listen to UKIP, Nigel Farage, Daniel Hannon, Godfrey Bloom on Youtube. Only Rubio, Gingrich, and Palin have the adept speaking skills to actually connect with joe lunch bucket….the rest of our pols sound slow-witted.
    Fine article.
    Oh, to be rid of Boehner, McConnell, Priebus, et al. Time and time again we see the Establishment Republicans (the REAL Kamikaze faction) augur win-able elections right into the cornfields. Get them out of the cockpit, my kids are riding in the back of the plane!
    Every point in the article is terrific…but how to implement them….oh, well, back to youtube and Nigel.