National Defense and Security
The cornerstone of Conservatism is to protect the United States and its interests. That means giving our military what it needs to do the job, the know-how, equipment and training to manage hundreds of bases, to defend against enemies wishing to do us harm.
To accomplish this, the US forms alliances with like-minded countries that share our interests and a desire to be open free democratic countries. It also means not getting into wars that are not in the interests of the US and our allies. These conflicts are not only a waste of blood and treasure but divert funding and investment from critically important problems and challenges we face as a nation. Conservatives do not believe in starting conflicts overseas; those resources should be conserved for protecting and advancing the economic interests of our country.
Conservatives care about the strength of the United States, as Republican President Teddy Roosevelt said; “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” The strength of the United States is measured relative to the challenges we face, such as, the growing economic power of China, their theft of important technology and data, the hacking and misinformation by Russia and the shadow of terrorism emanating from the Middle East.
Our security is undermined when we come to be solely dependent for vital energy supplies and resources on nation states that do not share our interests. We discovered how life threatening this dependence is when in March 2020 the United States faced the Coronavirus pandemic lacking the necessary PPE, Personal Protection Equipment to protect our front-line workers fighting to save the lives of our critically ill.
As another Republican President Abraham Lincoln remarked, “you cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” America needs to seek self -sufficiency, it is not just good economics, our national security demands it.