By Jeff Smith
I have been having a conversation with myself for the past ten minutes about how to answer this question.
Okay, Jeff, how are you going to answer this question with out coming off as a ranting liberal lunatic or some conservative pro military nut job? After all, whenever the topic of discussion comes to the military, you can only fit into one of the two categories, right?
If you want to stop fighting senseless wars and bring the troops home to secure our borders, then you are totally letting all the terrorists take over the world and in any minute they could attack our country again. If you support the troops going into an impoverished country in an attempt to provide aid and assistance to the people, then you obviously don’t realize that there are poor and hungry in our own country that need help. If you feel that we should get involved in ending the piracy of ships off the coast of Somalia, then I’m sure someone will give you the “Yeah, but we are not the worlds police” response.
Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like our country is more divided than it has ever been on many of the big issues that we face as a nation. I’m sure that all the talking heads with their extreme viewpoints are not helping to bring the nation together as a whole.
I guess my answer to the question of what change would I like to see would be to have the people of this country come together, to have the majority put aside their petty differences, and determine what this country needs to do to become great once again. Obviously this directly involves the military.
If you look at all of the money spent on militia around the world, we account for 42% of the money with China coming in second at 7%. With so much of our tax dollars going to our millitairy, I would love the see the military working for the people, and not for some politically based, underhanded government objective.
If the people want our armed forces to go on an aid mission, then they should go on an aid mission. If the people want our forces to bring some resolution to the Mexican drug war, then they should go help out with that situation. If we need them for disaster relief after a tornado or hurricane, they should be there. I would like for our military to be more at one with the people. Let’s have national polls and votes to help determine the direction of the country and what our military does.
With all that we have invested, let’s really make it count.