We need more Rand Pauls and fewer John McCains at the bully pulpit.
Pat is merely speaking good sense. American taxpayers have funded Europe's lavish social welfare spending for many decades, by paying for their defense. Why? Because politicians get swagger and power based upon how much money and military they carry on to the international stage. Meanwhile, our grandkids are $16tr in debt - and climbing rapidly.
The fear-mongers on the right and left have held sway for far too long. The result is an economy approaching basket-case status, with much pain on the horizon. Cutting govt budgets is an imperative for survival of the republic. If the clowns we now have in office can't get it done in an efficient manner, we must vote them out.