“I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. I went to bed and slept the sleep of the saved and thankful.”
For the past 30 years, the United States has enjoyed unparalleled dominance on the world stage: economic, military, and cultural. America – and the world – cannot afford anything less for the next 30.
The world is a dangerous place and, frankly, always has been. The oceans that once protected the American homeland are not quite as big as they once were. While critics may cluck their tongues that the US spends more on its military than any other country, those critics sleep under the blanket of protection that military provides.
The United States cannot afford to project weakness abroad, nor can it afford to misuse its strength. Leading in the next decade means keeping our sword sharp – in its sheath but ready to draw at a moment’s notice.
This means supporting those at the tip of the spear with the best health care, equipment, and training. We cannot afford to underserve those who serve.
Of paramount concern is the imperialist intentions of the Chinese government and our new twilight struggle with them. China is intent on replacing the United States as the world’s superpower – and it is in absolutely no one’s best interest for the United States to allow that to happen, except for the Chinese Communist Party and its agents.
Counteracting this will require a top-to-bottom evaluation of our relationship with China. Companies that have outsourced production, particularly of life-saving drugs, to China must find a new place to do business, and China must pay for the negligence that infected the world with COVID.
The United States is the Atlas of the modern world. If the US slips from its position as the world’s premier economy and military, the danger of the entire globe spinning into chaos is too much to contemplate. As a member of Congress, my #1 priority will be keeping America #1.
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