Politically, I have always considered myself a “Reagan Conservative”; though of late I call myself a “John Kennedy Liberal“. Meaning, socially tolerant, fiscally conservative, and on foreign policy a hawk.
I believe in smaller government, less taxes, and encouraging more self-reliance in our citizens. What assistance people require should come from local governments and private charities, not bloated Federal bureaucracies.
I believe government needs to regulate only as much as necessary to prevent social chaos or physical depredation. On this, the Libertarians often get it spot-on!
I believe American is not just the “last great hope for mankind”; I see America as the only fireman in a city full of arsonists.
Were America to pull itself into an isolationist shell, the result would be catastrophic for the world. Only we have the strength and will to stand-up to evil. Sadly, our will is weak these days, and evil is on the march everywhere.
Our world is governed by the law of the jungle far more than it is by so-called “international law”. Without a strong, wise, and engaged America, the world would just devolve into “Lord of the Flies”.
I believe that the greatest threat to our liberty and to the safety of the world at large, is the reluctance of too many young Americans to serve in our Armed Forces; and of our political class to maintain our military at the level necessary keep the peace.
Military service is not a duty: it is a privilege of free men, to bear arms in the service of their country. Our military budget consumes less-than 20% of the Federal Budget, and is in the process of a trillion dollar reduction; and our military is smaller today than it has been in generations. Our fleet is the smallest its been since 1917, on the eve of Word War One! And it is the American Navy that maintains the freedom of the seas that allows all international trade.
We didn’t choose to be the “Policeman of the World“. It was a job thrust upon us. The world needs someone stong enough to walk that beat.
You cannot be for “world peace“, yet against a strong Defense. That would be like being for cookies, but against bakeries!
In the words of John Stuart Mill:
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.