Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – If you weren’t opposed to the standing army from the standpoint that the framers of the Constitution and the generations that came after them had been very wary of and with very good reason of having standing armies lying around for obvious reasons, perhaps the latest statistics from the shutdown will warm you to the idea of at least considering this. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: We’ve slogged through this government shutdown business. I’m going to make one more point before I go back to the phones. I was giving you the numbers of employees of the federal leviathan and the percentage of them that have been furloughed. I left out the biggest number on the list here. If you weren’t opposed to the standing army from the standpoint that the framers of the Constitution and the generations that came after them had been very wary of and with very good reason of having standing armies lying around for obvious reasons, perhaps the latest statistics from the shutdown will warm you to the idea of at least considering this.
The Department of Defense employs an estimated — this is just what they’ll admit. This is not the actual employment, and this does not include military personnel. These are civvies, as you people in the military call them. Of the 800,000 employees, 400,000 of them, or 50 percent, had been furloughed. If you’re not warm to the idea of eliminating much of what we would call our standing army, recalling our troops from hither and yon all around the world, putting the United States Navy, required by the Constitution to exist, back on its proper footing as the protective force it is to be for American commerce on the high seas — that’s what its purpose is. It’s not a global force for good.
According to the U.S. Constitution, it is there to be a commercial force for good. It is there to make sure that our coasts are protected and that commerce on the high seas is free from invasion from mercenaries, pirates, and other countries that might try to impress the sailors or the members of the commercial vessel that sails from the United States therein. That’s what the Navy is for. That’s why it’s in the Constitution and there’s no limit to its existence. The framers knew that power on the high seas or that naval power was necessary for any free nation in order to conduct trade with other countries. You had to have a navy, otherwise Jean Lafitte and Blackbeard and Bluebeard and the Barbary Coast pirates and what have you would have their way with you. That’s why we have this, in part, because the experience of those men told them that you had to have a navy.
So put the navy back on the proper footing, reduce the size of the rest of the standing army. Folks, what exactly is wrong with the idea of retrenching and getting back to actual national guards that are supposed to be the first line of defense should anyone be stupid enough to try to invade the United States? That’s what the National Guard was for, which is basically an extension of what was formerly the militia. If the states want to get into the business of hiring and training the national guard [mocking] “Mike, the National Guard, that’s the military. That is the federal military.”
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