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How Strong is America’s Defense? #StateOfEmergency

The obvious answer is very strong. Hundreds of billions of dollars is now spent annually on America’s Defense. The United States Army is as strong as ever, and every other branch appears to exist without much flaw. As a matter of fact, one can conduct a bit of research and decipher that often times, too much is spent on the Department of Defense. Whirlwind headlines of Navy coffee mugs costing thousands of dollars can be a prime example of a Nation’s military with a budget that appears to have no end.

So my question is, with a military spread all over the entire world and allies spanning every continent, why has The President declared a State of Emergency?

The U.S. Government was recently Shut down for over 31 days, the longest recorded government shutdown in recorded history. With a military so strong, in a robust and prosperous Capitalist society, a shutdown is now the tail end to what appears to be a declaration of an emerging crisis.

In recent month’s time, there were reports of an invasion along the southern border, an actual cry from the President which has led him to orchestrate a campaign of border defense. His campaign includes most importantly, a 2000 mile long border wall between The U.S. and Mexico. Without rehashing the terrible war of words President Trump has had with others over this wall, it is easy to understand that he was incapable of acquiring the funds necessary to complete his campaign promise of building a massive border wall.

This, only days after a month long Government Shutdown, and after only acquiring 1 billion dollars of the 30+ or so billion dollars needed for his project, The President has now issued a State of Emergency.

How long does this remain in effect? Who does it effect? Are we as weak as he perceives? What is to come?

Perhaps the most important question may be, are we going to be invaded?

What a world of conspiracy. This is no Russian folk tale.

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The Resignation of General James Norman Mattis, Secretary of Defense.

In a powerful display of opposition to President Trump announcing a complete withdrawal of troops from Syria, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis submitted his letter of resignation. The letter, pictured below, highlights many facets that General Mattis enjoyed while Secretary of Defense, but the letter also plainly States to the President that he does not agree with the decision to withdraw troops from Syria, arguing that the move abandons allies on the battlefield.

Despite the resignation of General Mattis, and what appears to be a bipartisan pushback from both Republicans and Democrats, President Trump remains resilient in his decision to withdraw troops, explaining to the American People that ISIS has been defeated, and that he has been more successful than any President in modern history in defeating ISIS.

Several officials and News outlets have reported that the decision to withdraw troops was not advised by Senior military officials or The Pentagon, and that this is move done largely in part by Donald Trump.

Again, despite pushback from every angle, Trump remains resilient in downsizing the battlefields overseas, with rumors now floating the agenda that The President also intends to withdraw as many as 9,000 troops from Afghanistan as early as January.

General Mattis served four decades in The United States Marine Corps. He ends his career on a high note, putting countrymen and his allies before self. He will officially depart Trump’s Administration February 2019.

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Vote: Election Day, November 6th 2018

The time of the year is upon us, where citizens across The United States of America now have the chance to exercise their rights and vote into office the candidates they believe will best represent them as Mayors, Governors, and congressional representatives in both The House and The Senate.

This Tuesday, November 6th 2018 is Election Day. Commonly referred to as The Midterms, this marks a day where we’ll essentially see either The Republican party maintain their dominance across the country, or The Democrats gaining much needed representation and control in The House or The Senate, to begin their process of amending many of the decisions Republicans have made.

For The Democrats, it is crucial that enough representatives are elected to seize control of either The House or The Senate, or both. If not, and if their campaigning fails as it did during the Presidential Election of 2016, where Donald Trump managed to seize victory over long-time Government server Hillary Clinton, The United States of America could begin to see policy implementation by The Republicans ramp up. Americans could also see the eradication of The Obama Era Healthcare Plan, an end to Birthright Citizenship, and tremendous cuts to spending on Social aid (Medicaid and Social Security).

It is important to vote.

Regardless of your party affiliation, if you feel concerned about a topic, or wish for change in your neighborhood and society, it is important to vote. As a registered Democrat, I am eager to vote, and I hope to see The Democrats pull off significant power grabs in Congress. As someone who voted in 2016 for a Democrat to be President, I’ve learned that polls are are no longer a trustworthy source to grasp voter turnout demographics. This year, the message is clear: go out and vote.

Come Tuesday, we decide the direction our country moves in. Vote for what you believe in. If Donald Trump does not sit right with you, and if you demand change right now, go out and vote. Your voice can be heard, and your power to vote can and will change the entire course of this Nation. It is of utmost importance, and I urge anyone who reads this, to go out and vote.

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Looming Chaos: Debt In The United States.

Say what you will about The United States of America, you have to accept that it is now the strongest Country to ever exist. An unimaginable amount of money is spent on The Military, and victory after victory ensures the continuity of receiving upwards of 60% of Government spending annually, $500 to $700 Billion Dollars a year, more than the combined military expenditures of the next two most powerful nations combined. It is a trend that is likely never to change.

Ever.

Since the year 2000, after George W. Bush assumed office, U.S. debt sat at $5.6 Trillion Dollars. Unfortunate events plagued Bush’s Presidency, and the cost of fighting wars on two fronts, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, would later take a significant toll on the country. Once Obama assumed office, the debt had swelled to over $9 Trillion dollars. The unfortunate circumstances of the rising debt crippled many Americans (citizens, banks and corporations alike), and of it’s effects forced the nation into a period economic depression. With no other choice, a Stimulus Bill of $800 Billion Dollars was passed, enabling Americans to escape the effects of the recession and keep the government afloat.

Jobs were created. Americans had truly regained hope.

But the debt by the end of Obama’s Presidency had skyrocketed. The Stimulus Bill and increased defense spending had left now President Trump with a National debt of $19 Trillion Dollars, with 76% percent being held by the public.

Since 2016, the U.S. has increased spending and continued to lower taxes on corporations and wealthy citizens, and they also continued their excessive trend of military spending.

The debt now sits at $21 Trillion Dollars, and some estimates argue that by 2028 it will climb to $28 Trillion Dollars, eclipsing WWII deficits and outgrowing the overall U.S. economy.

But, this is not what politicians talk about. What they talk about is how Medicaid is too expensive, how Social Security needs to be cut and how Healthcare is either never going to be universal, or needs to be universal. It is almost as if no one wants to discuss the rising debts, and how it could very well be the true catalyst toward plummeting the United States into economic straits similar to Venezuela or Greece, a situation potentially worse than the recession of 2008. While some politicians do discuss the issue, like long time Independent from Vermont Bernie Sanders, they are often written off by the elite, with the argument that any strategic plan to tax the rich exponentially more than the poor or middle class would be chaotic and socialist, and that socialism in any form will never, ever work. But of those arguments there never emerges answers to the looming and unforeseen future we all will one day face because of our Government’s excessive military spending and other increasing government expenditures.

The future is bright. It is because we’ll pave it that way. But, also in the future is the looming presence of great adversity. The debt of The United States of America is an actual looming adversity waiting to happen, and it is time that a true bi-partisan effort is set in motion to fix this problem before it grows out of proportion.