In 1982, I took an oath for the U.S. military to defend our nation against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.
In the 1980s, our enemy was the potential spread of communism. In the 1990s, we fought over oil. Early in the first decade of the twenty-first century, symbolic U.S. landmarks were attacked on 9-11, and we began a new war against terrorism.
In the decade following 2010, I believe that the greatest enemy facing America is self-serving politicians who are damaging the sustainability of a once-great nation. And the data seems to prove that I am not alone in this thought. Poll after poll shows an alarming distrust and lack of respect for politicians. In fact, a Gallup poll taken from December 5–8, 2013, shows that “72% of Americans think that big government is the greatest threat to the future of the US.”
So what is behind this problem, and, more importantly, how do we fix America’s shattered politics and get out of this mess that is threatening the future of our nation?
America needs a stronger backbone to stand up against politicians who partake in illegal or immoral activities that are not tolerated in general society. The double standard that is so common with many of the political elite is dangerous within a free society. We must be vigilant and strive toward improving the political system by ensuring compliance with basic principles.