"The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all." Thomas Jefferson
One of the most compelling arguments made by the Federalists in support of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution was that a strong central government was necessary to provide for a robust and common defense of the security and liberty of American citizens. From that point forward, it has been understood that the preservation of the people's safety and the protection of their lives and property is Job One of the federal government. Recently, however, our leaders in Washington appear to have lost sight of this crucial duty. Two current national problems highlight this lack of focus and clarity of vision more than any other: The response of our government to increased threats from Islamic terrorists, and its response to the crisis unfolding along our porous southern border.