Why We Don’t Need More Defense Spending In The USA

The USA is currently the most heavily armed nation in the world. The current president, Donald Trump, is helping to arm the world to the teeth. He believes in the use of nuclear weapons (time.com). He has now created a new Space Force which is designed to militarize the final frontier. It is clear that he is directly benefiting from defense spending.

Donald’s pressure to build a border wall and arm the world and the United States with weaponry has proven him to be emotionally volatile as have his high pressured, coercive and abusive messages sent at all hours of the day on Twitter. He’s even remained passive about gun control although there have been hundreds of mass shootings in the past year connected to militant Nazi sympathizers. He blames these shootings on terrorists and says that by arming teachers with weapons we could prevent more violence. He has shown blatant disregard for human life in the immigrant detention camps and in the gassing of families over the Mexico border (NBCNews.com).

Whatever evangelicals are still backing Trump are clearly also in bed with defense contractors and other sectors of the economy that benefit from sending jobs oversees.

We don’t need more military. In our innocence we remain protected. Look at countries that have very little defense spending like Sweden with more socialist policies like universal healthcare. They are rarely targeted by other countries for violence because they harm no one. If they keep to themselves, trade fairly and don’t go into debt, there is no reason for other countries to invade or attack. Romans 13:8 (NIV) says, “let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another.”

Our dependence on fossil fuel is very much one of the reasons our culture is so violent. Because fossil fuels are a finite resource that pollutes the air, those that abuse it are violent. We’ve seen this from the Paris “Yellow Vests” protests. They are out of control because they feel threatened because either they know they are in the wrong or they are confused. Read this article for more details on the recent protests over the Paris Agreement.

Jesus said in Matthew, “Put your sword away. All that draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52 NIV). We need to walk away from violence and not act in fear. We shouldn’t be hoarding wealth, stealing or remaining in debt. If we avoid those things no other country will have reason to attack us. Jesus said that if someone offends you, you should turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39). That means show that you are not afraid and give them the opportunity to do it again. If they do it again, that means they are the aggressor and the party at-fault.

Defense spending by country.The USA is currently the most heavily armed nation in the world.