- Photo: Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry host a luncheon for PM Modi, Sept. 2014; Creator: Prime Minister’s Office, Government of India; CC by-SA 2.0
President Joe Biden quickly made headlines for announcing, “I sold a lot of state secrets” in a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Biden’s handlers were quick to clarify that he was only joking, in spite of the fact that Biden has credibly been accused of that very crime. Yet, if you watch the video, you will see that Biden wasn’t telling the joke. Biden was the joke. The free world needs a strong leader, and you can tell from the look on Prime Minister Modi’s face that Biden isn’t it.
The United States of America should command total respect from the rest of the world. We outperform every other nation in just about every respect. Our gross domestic product is $23.3 trillion, which is about a quarter of the entire globe’s GDP. Our next closest competitor is China, but even they only have a $17.7 trillion economy, in spite of the fact that their population is tremendously higher than ours. Japan is next at $4.9 trillion, and it only goes down from there.
If you choose to rank countries by military spending, our superiority is even more striking. Our military spending accounts for 39% of all military spending in the world, clocking in at $877 billion last year. That doesn’t even account for our obvious strategic advantage being flanked on both sides by the greatest natural barriers on the planet, known as the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Our next closest competitor is China, whose military spending is about one-third of ours.
Sadly, America’s overwhelming economic and military superiority has caused us to fall into complacency in our voting. Many people don’t realize that the only reason we have been able to survive under such failed leadership is because past generations left such an incredible legacy for us. Yet, as the left dismantles that legacy piece by piece, I can’t help but wonder if we can remain on top. If America is to remain the leader of the free world, we must take our responsibility as citizens more seriously. Whether our grandchildren will live in a world where America excels is a choice we will make today.