PROTECT THE HOMELAND
PROTECT THE HOMELAND:
Peace Through Strength
1. Energy Independence is a national security issue.
o U.S. addiction to foreign oil drives tens of billions of dollars out of our country every year and directly funds the efforts of people who are sworn to kill us. We are subsidizing our enemies while leaving our citizens vulnerable to oil price shocks and supply disruptions that can bring our economy to halt with 5$ gas.
o America must lead the charge on alternative energy technologies. Given surging global demand for energy, America must protect its position of economic strength by leading the world in pioneering alternative energy sources. Already, the United State's edge in solar panel and wind power turbine production has been eroded by Chinese investment and focus.
2. Fight the ideology that uses Terrorism as a tool.
o In order to defeat this terrorist threat we must be honest about the roots in radical Islam, about its funding source of oil, and its intent of defeating the West. Choosing to ignore the obvious and be politically correct may keep terrorists from being personally offended but it will certainly lead to needless deaths like those at Ft. Hood.
o Stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. It has been clear that radical Islam is the enemy since America's first clash during Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979. Thirty years later, while China and Russia continue to facilitate Iran's weaponization and thwart US efforts to halt it, we must be prepared to take any actions necessary to ensure that nuclear weapons do not proliferate throughout the middle east.
o We must fight the war of ideas like a real war, because it is very clear what happens if we lose. We must remain on the offensive and keep our enemies on their heels and on the run. We can protect our country and out citizens if would-be aggressors are left with no doubt of the outcome of any conflict with us.
3. Fix our broken borders and protect the homeland.
o Illegal immigration undermines our economy and lack of border security invites easy access for those that would do us harm. We must secure our borders.
o Past generations of immigrants came to this country worked hard and assimilated in the melting pot that has made us a great nation. Their work and their capital remained here and was reinvested because they became Americans and this was their home. Today, millions of illegal immigrants do not assimilate and the billions of dollars that they send back to their homes has artificially supported the GDP of many Latin American countries.
o Illegal immigrants pay no taxes, drive without licenses, and they impose billion dollar burdens on the civic infrastructure paid for by you and me, while facing no consequences.
4. Recognize China as a potential threat and act accordingly.
o Daily cyber attacks and probes of US infrastructure have a malicious intent. Attacks on U.S. satellites, networks and military confrontations are under-reported by media outlets afraid of jeopardizing corporate interests (GE/NBC/MSNBC). Espionage and theft of trade secrets results in the loss of billions of dollars in trade secrets and technologies, but fear of being locked out of the world's biggest growth economy causes US businesses to accept their losses and continue to be cannibalized by their Chinese partners.
o Beyond the headlines about debt or the cheap goods that line store shelves, there is a darker aspect to China's rise. Competition for scare resources is putting US and China at odds over Iran, Africa (Darfur) and North Korean Nuclear weapons proliferation. At the same time, China is working hard to rid South East Asia of American influence in order to dominate the region and deny the US access to many key global markets.
o While America has been focused on fighting terror, China has engaged in rapid military expansion and military cooperation agreements with the countries of Latin America. From spy stations on Cuba, to oil deals with Venezuela and Brazil, in the last ten years China has begun using its cash reserves to assert influence in our backyard.