On Memorial Day weekend and as a former member of the Navy, I want to thank those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our liberties.
I will always advocate for a strong national defense, but current intervention around the world weakens both our defense and our economy. The $700 billion we spend on our military empire and the $50 billion we hand out to other countries as foreign aid could pay off a lot of debt, protect Social Security and Medicare, support our veterans who have sacrificed so much for this country, and strengthen our porous borders right here at home.
There was a day when not “policing the world” was a legitimate and well respected position in both the Democratic and Republican Party. Now, both parties are sending us and keeping us in no-win wars, with over 700 military bases in over 120 countries. In the last 10 years, we’ve lost over 5,000 lives, millions of foreign civilians have died, and trillions of dollars have been spent waging these “wars for democracy.”
This Memorial Day weekend, we should honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, for freedom cannot survive without the brave soldiers that defend it. And as we honor the fallen, we should internalize the debt we owe them in both our memory and our foreign policy.
Please join us at the Lakewood Cemetery in Hughson on Monday at 1:00pm to pay tribute.