National Defense & Sovereignty
Our Constitution places the National Defense as the most important function of the federal government. As the greatest experiment in Liberty the world has ever known, our country requires a robust and undefeatable military to defend it.
We must stand ready to defend The People from foreign aggression, prepared to repel invasion, and postured to deter the threat of domestic terrorism.
The Congress’ exclusive power to declare war must be reserved for cases such as these, and the President must never be allowed to wage war on his own, no matter the political party to which he belongs.
Our founders warned us against the dangers of sacrificing liberty for the sake of security, and policies that undermine individual freedom do not make us safer, they make us weaker.
I believe that policies such as the indefinite detention of U.S. Citizens, executive kill lists, and warrantless wiretapping are un-American.
The Federal Government must return to its Constitutionally enumerated powers so that our inalienable rights are preserved.
I believe that America can protect itself against threats without sacrificing civil liberties. And it doesn’t require the Federal Government be given a blank check.
A Constitutional American defense policy should be characterized by peace through strength, and power under control.
In Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address, he asserted that America should have “peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.” The Founding Fathers were well aware that international alliances undermine our country’s independence.
Yet today, America finds itself entangled in many such alliances, often through organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, World Trade Organization (WTO), and the United Nations (UN).
The leaders of these organizations are unelected, and therefore unaccountable to citizens. As a nation built on law, we should not sacrifice our autonomy to these foreign institutions.
Our fiscal, trade, monetary, and foreign policies should be directed by our own elected leaders in the best interest of We the People. Our Founding Fathers wisely enshrined the right of all Americans to direct representation. We should never give up that right to others whose histories are different and who do not necessarily share our values and understanding of freedom.
America can engage in free trade and develop beneficial relationships with other nations without funding or joining international organizations. The US Government must never find itself beholden to international organizations and must instead answer only to the Constitution and the citizens protected by it.