As the Republican National Convention convenes here in Tampa, I cannot shake the memory of the movie I watched this past weekend. At the urging of a friend I went to see 2016: Obama’s America, which is a stunning documentary on the motivations of the current occupant of the Oval Office.
In the course of the film, Dinesh D’Sousa described the Obama Administration’s spending binge as the use of “the national debt as a weapon of mass destruction.” While I certainly share D’Sousa’s conviction that America’s skyrocketing deficit and crushing debt is the greatest national security threat of our time, the concept of debt as a weapon of mass destruction didn’t have the same impact over the weekend as it did on me this morning. That’s because I had the opportunity to meet a man named Pete Hegseth. Captain Hegseth is the CEO of a fine organization called Concerned Veterans for America, which is an organization of former and current service men and women who are worried about the direction of our country.
During the course of my conversation with Captain Hegseth, he informed me that the two top issues in the mind of American veterans are the economy and the debt. In a poll his organization conducted, roughly 40% of veterans said their top concern was the overall state of the economy, while nearly 30% said that the debt was the greatest threat facing America.
These aren’t economists or bankers making these statements; they are the very men and women who have been on the front lines of freedom who are now telling us that the deficit and debt are the greatest threats to our nation’s future.
That is something I frankly didn’t expect in a poll of veterans asking about threats facing America; I expected the threat of a rogue Iran or rising China to win top spot, and those are certainly real threats. Nevertheless, given my tremendous admiration and respect for those who have faced death for our freedom, I take their conclusions to heart. My already deep concern over the nation’s fiscal woes was thrust into overdrive after hearing these reports.
That’s why we, the people, must vote to restore fiscal sanity in America this November.
If President Obama is allowed to serve a second term, our debt situation will be far worse by 2016 than that of Greece just before its debt crisis. Bi-partisan Congressional Budget Office projections indicate that the President’s policies and proposals will drive America’s national debt to over $20 trillion, up from an already $15 trillion plus today, by the time he leaves office. This will shackle our children and grandchildren with such a debt load that they will never enjoy the prosperity and economic opportunity you and I enjoy today. Furthermore, our international standing as a beacon of hope, opportunity and liberty will be eroded as our economy sinks into doldrums worse even than already-stagnated Europe’s.
After meeting with Captain Hegseth of Concerned Veterans for America, Dinesh D’Sousa’s warnings about debt as a weapon of mass destruction have more meaning. When even the men and women who have fought terrorist threats in the field start telling us the greatest threat to America is economic destruction, then it’s time for all of us to take it seriously.
The Scriptures warn us that the “borrower is slave to the lender,” and this is just as true between nations as individuals and institutions. America cannot be free and strong if it is in economic bondage to pay for an ever-expanding government that is crushing our liberties here at home.
Let’s stand together to fight for America’s financial freedom for, as our own veterans have told us, if we don’t have financial freedom then our country cannot secure political freedom for our people.