Freedom at risk
What is freedom?
Freedom is a societal condition where people have maximum free choice on how they choose to live their lives, and government laws, policies and controls are under the direction of the people.
Does freedom occur naturally?
The desire for freedom does occur naturally in the hearts of people, but can only be achieved through a great cooperative effort of all the people of a society united in a common bond of agreed upon values.
Can freedom be lost?
World War II was a good example of what it takes to keep from being taken over by a tyrannical power. Freedom can be lost by people losing sight of the value of freedom and thus giving it away by allowing political entities to pass un-constitutional laws.
Can freedom be defended without a military?
Without a military we would be left to defend ourselves with whatever weaponry may be in the hands of the citizens of our country. This would be ineffective against an invading army using today's advanced weapons systems.
Can we have an effective military without U.S. manufacturing?
Who would design and produce the weaponry and equipment used by our military forces? Our current major producer of material needs, as well as parts for our weapons systems - is China. Do we want China, whose military leaders have declared that they will likely be our future enemy, to be the manufacturer of the parts that go into our weaponry? This foolish endeavor is taking place right now - with defense contractors outsourcing more and more each day, in an effort to augment profits by exploiting cheap Chinese production labor.
Should survival of U.S. manufacturing be important to Congress?
The answer should be a resounding YES. However, this is not the case. Tens of thousands of U.S. manufacturers have been - and continue to be sacrificed through "unfair" free trade. Congress and most media interests insist on achieving free trade at all costs without regard to what is happening to U.S. manufacturing - AND OUR ABILITY TO DEFEND OURSELVES in a major military confrontation. What would the U.S. do if China decided to cut off supplies to our defense contractors?
Freedom includes ending US reliance on foreign oil!"We can no longer allow America's dependence on foreign oil to compromise our energy security... I'll put my faith in American science and ingenuity any day before I depend on Saudi Arabia."
"The more we are consuming oil that either comes from places that are bent on our destruction or helping those that are... the more we are enabling those who are trying to kill us".
What needs to be done to revive U.S. manufacturing?
The root cause of our nation's trade problems needs to be determined and a truly effective solution urgently needs to be implemented. Our government and business leaders have been searching for an effective answer for over twenty-five years, yet all of the trade policy concepts and manufacturing cost-reduction efforts, taken together, have not been able to turn around our nation's burgeoning trade deficits. Our freedom is dependent upon our ability to produce things - especially those things that make up component parts for our strategic weapons systems. The answer lies in U.S. manufacturing.
"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die."
. . . . .Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States