Yesterday a coworker (he tends to be quite conservative though he gets a little weak sometimes on social issues) started discussing aircraft carriers. He was talking about the building of the new Ford class of carriers, the first being the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford. He began to talk about some facts related to aircraft carriers.
Of the 22 active aircraft carriers in service today, 11 of them are owned and operated by the United States. No other country's carriers are as large, powerful, fast, and capable as those of the U.S.
We then started talking about other military vehicles. The B-2 Stealth Bomber, the F117 Stealth Fighter, F-14 Tomcat, A-10 Warthog, and F-15 Eagle. We discussed helicopters. One thing kept coming up: no other nation had as many, as technologically advanced, nor as capable military vehicles as the United States.
So what is it that sets us apart? What is it that has allowed us to become the most powerful nation on God's green earth? The answer is simple really: our freedom.
It is our freedom in our society and our markets. This has allowed us to create an economy where wealth and capital grow at a fast pace. Competition, free-markets, and consumers with disposable income have allowed technology to outpace that of any other nation in the world. Also, once we imagine it, we have the resources to design and build it, then mass-produce it. This sets us apart from the rest of the world.
True, in the realm of television sets and solid-state consumer electronics we may not be the leaders. But what is more impressive, a 100" LCD television, or a 101,000 ton nuclear-powered aircraft carrier? Or if one isn't enough, how about 10 of those all in active service, with an even bigger class of aircraft carrier in construction?
The U.S. has become the most powerful nation in the world not because of our politicians, but because of our innovative thinkers, and the workers that make imagination come to life. We get knocked for our consumption, but in an armed conflict you'd want that consumption on your side because it would mean 11 of the world's 22 aircraft carriers, and those 11 being the biggest, baddest, and most advanced of the 22.
Now there are those that would change all of this. There are those like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Ried, and friends that want us to be more like France (1 carrier in service) or Germany (no aircraft carriers in service). Obama wants to close free markets, ramp up government regulation and ownership of industry, and bring us down to the level of the rest of the world.
Obama talks about our health care system as if that system isn't the greatest, most advanced system in the world. He talks about our military as if they are a bunch of buffoons that are not competent. He speaks of our economy as if there is something fundamentally wrong with it and that it needs to be changed. Obama is wrong on all of those accounts.
The U.S. has the greatest health care system in the world. We need to encourage what we are doing in that realm, not bash it. We have the greatest military in the world, we need to be fully funding our military, not cutting funding. We have the best economy in the world that creates wealth and is more productive than any other nation. We need to be strengthening our free market principles, cutting government intervention, and reducing taxes across the board. Not the opposite.
Barack Obama doesn't get it. He has surrounded himself with seedy, backward thinking individuals his entire life. He has a vision for changing this nation into what he sees around the world. That is flat out the wrong way to go. People were duped by a socialistic media to elect this socialist, and now we are seeing his proposals and realizing that we were duped.
We are the greatest nation in the world. We should be proud of that, not ashamed of it.