The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

September 5, 2013

Letter: ‘Peace through strength’

ENID, Okla. — The Syrian situation and the world debate concerning our response makes me believe our nation’s policy of creating a Social Security mentality first with national security mentality far down priority list is misguided. Teddy Roosevelt’s idea was to “speak softly, but carry a big stick.”

The Ronald Reagan policy of “peace through strength” and the resulting military buildup helped end the Cold War. A military second to none would make this world debate easier.

Food stamps, Medicare, Social Security, government subsidies, foreign aid and the multitude of wasteful government programs need immediately to be scaled down gradually and continuously so as not to disrupt our economy, yet afford for us the strongest military in the world.

We need to pay off our national debt so that we aren’t fiscally dependent on other countries that either are now or might become our enemies. The government needs to scale back regulations creating business-friendly atmosphere helping the economy grow thereby increasing revenues for debt reduction.

Military families have sacrificed the past several years through loss of life, limbs, time and countless other ways. However, the remaining population hasn’t had to sacrifice its way of life because our political leaders borrow money irresponsibly and spend it on bloated welfare programs, etc.

Food stamps, Social Security, unemployment benefits, etc., won’t be of any value if the country goes bankrupt or we get in a military conflict where we are not vastly superior. By going back to “peace through strength,” the latter probably won’t happen.

What can we do? We need to elect leaders who will not only swear to uphold the Constitution, but actually do it. Doing so will solve both the debt and national security issue. It is important for all citizens to get involved and be educated and objective voters.

Paul Allen

Enid

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