Reader discusses the spirit of Waupaca
Having been an American living abroad recently, I had the pleasure of representing Waupaca, Wisconsin and the United States.
Throughout my travels, I met with and befriended uncountable individuals who made an impact on my life through their hospitality and generosity. Many of the folks I met think very highly of Americans. They know us to be hospitable and generous ourselves. I know that the cultural exchanges Waupaca has made over the years have done a good job of praising the friendliness of American society to other countries.
Our own culture has benefited from the exchange as well. Because of that, Waupaca’s identity is characterized by an eagerness to take part in global opinions and issues.
Many of these people I know abroad, while thinking of majority of Americans as good people, also have some concerns about the directives of U.S. foreign policy. Many of the presidential candidates have quite a bit to say about America’s involvement in foreign affairs, especially when it comes to military action. Since we already have the world’s largest military, can’t we, as a nation, focus more on the domestic issues rather than intervening in those of other countries?
I support Bernie Sanders because his record and his statements urge diplomacy, reason, and patience in our involvement with foreign affairs. The American public is smarter than to give into war-mongering and saber-rattling.
Sanders states that, “Our defense budget must represent our national security interests and the needs of our military, not the reelection of members of Congress or the profits of defense contractors. The warning that President Dwight David Eisenhower gave us about the influence of the Military-Industrial Complex in 1961 is truer today than it was then.”
Given the quagmire of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now Syria, it is clear we should stop wasting American resources on these policies. Instead of seeking out war, we should keep with the spirit of diplomacy and reserve military action as an absolute last resort. If we can accomplish that, we may find that America’s friends vastly outnumber her enemies.