There is an interesting fact that recently occurred to me. There has been a large amount of yelling and discussion amount conservatives about Domestic security, protecting our boarders, the need for a stronger military, etc. This of course is nothing new, and it has been this way for many years. What occurred to me recently is that I would LOVE to know where they get these ideas. Let’s look at the facts of the matter, and see how accurate it is.
There have been only 3 wars fought on U.S. soil: The Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the U.S. Civil War. The Spanish-American war was never fought on American soil, and the Mexican-American War, was fought in Mexican territory, and disputed territories. You can technically say that there were some battles fought within U.S. territory, but basically not. Other than the various battles against the various Native-American tribes throughout the countries history, these are the only three fought on U.S. soil/North America.
There have been more domestic acts of terrorism than actual military incursions in this country. Yet, conservatives are constantly screaming about border security, protecting ourselves, building walls, boosting military spending, and looking for various reasons to doubt, and blame both the current administration, and various liberal groups, and the Democratic party that they are “weak” on national security issues.
So, I bring up the question, “why?” Why do conservatives keep screaming about National Security and border protection? Why do they keep talking about the importance of strengthening the military, as if we’re going to need it for border security? Whom are they afraid is going to invade this country? Who has the military power to stand against the military strength that currently exists? Are we leaving NATO? Are we leaving the UN? Are we surrounded by countries that hate us, and our very existence? Yet, this is one of the biggest things talked about among the conservative community at large.
We know that wars and rumors of wars are going to be a regular thing in these last days. And we have, and are having many wars and rumors of wars around the world right now. But, let us not be one of the key fulfillers of this. With so many international discussions at this time about refugees, and the countries that are willing to help, verses those that are not willing to help, and all the talk so far in this presidential election about building the “Great wall of the United States” seems against key points of the Gospel.
The Lord stated many times in the Book of Mormon that everyone who comes to this, the Promised Land, will be brought here by the hand of God, for his reasons. We need to uphold this belief, and not one of ‘we are full’. Everyone loves to use the Statue of Liberty as a key symbol of this country, and of freedom in general. It needs to be remembered why it was given, what the core ideals of freedom are, and the diversity this country is made of.
Let us not be war mongers. Let us not throw away our brothers and sisters because they come from another land, speak another language, or believe in things different than our own. There are no borders in Heaven, and we are all children of God.