Terry Paulson

In endorsing Barack Obama, Al Gore listed problems ending with the same mantra—“Elections matter!” Yes, elections do matter and clarity on key issues is critical.

Our Founding Fathers enshrined in our Constitution our government’s commitment to “provide for the common defense” designating the President as the “Commander in Chief.” Defending and preserving our country is a responsibility every president must fulfill. One’s fitness for that role should be a key factor in your presidential choice.

Last October, Barack Obama provided a concise statement of his defense priorities in a video for Caucus4Priorities. Obama’s major points include:

“First, I'll stop spending $9 billion a month in Iraq. I'm the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning. And as president I will end it.”

“Second, I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems. And I will institute an independent ‘Defense Priorities Board’ to ensure that the Quadrennial Defense Review is not used to justify unnecessary spending.”

“Third, I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal, I will not develop new nuclear weapons; I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material; and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert, and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals.”

“I don't switch positions or make promises that can't be kept.” He ended with a questionable assertion, “As president, my sole priority for defense spending will be protecting the American people.”

In a world “without nuclear weapons,” one country with nuclear weapons could control the world. Consider three small planes circling New York City, Washington and Los Angeles flown by Islamic terrorists threatening immediate destruction—“Surrender or millions will die!” Improbable?

In George Santayana words, “Those who cannot learn from history are destined to repeat it.” Adolf Hitler used overwhelming military strength attempting to break the will of free nations.

For Hitler, Denmark was a border nation he needed to control. While attacking outmanned Danish troops at the border, the German ambassador to Denmark, dispensing with diplomatic niceties, demanded that the Danish Foreign Minister end all Danish resistance. As frantic diplomats pleaded, several formations of German bombers roared over Copenhagen dropping leaflets promising to bomb civilians. With no way to resist or fight back, the Danish government surrendered retaining political “independence” over domestic matters.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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