Four Percent for Freedom

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Although we have the highest defense budget in American history (and higher than the rest of the world combined), it is still not good enough for some conservatives. The Heritage Foundation thinks defense spending is too low. We need to “invest” more in defense spending. “Four Percent for Freedom” is Heritage’s new slogan; that is, defense spending should be 4 percent of GDP.

Forgive me for quoting from a recent article of mine, but it sums up my thoughts on the matter:

Since Obama took office earlier this year conservatives and Republicans have shown the world that there is something they love more than their movement or their party – war. Leading the way are Republican politicians (McCain, Gingrich, Huckabee), conservative pundits (Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly, Scarborough, Kristol, Coulter), conservative intellectuals (Kagan, Hanson, Boot), conservative organizations (Heritage, AEI, FOX), and conservative publications (Weekly Standard, WSJ, National Review).

The heart and soul of modern conservatism is war and militarism. And as Lew Rockwell said at the Rally for the Republic in Minneapolis:

What does conservatism today stand for? It stands for war. It stands for power. It stands for spying, jailing without trial, torture, counterfeiting without limit, and lying from morning to night. There comes a time in the life of every believer in freedom when he must declare, without any hesitation, to have no attachment to the idea of conservatism.

8:40 am on March 13, 2010