**Previously recorded by Phyllis Schlafly // December 2015 **
Today, December 7th, is the anniversary of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a day that President Roosevelt said “will live in infamy.” The lesson we should take away from that event is that we should always be prepared for a surprise attack. After all, we live in a world where a lot of evil countries just don’t like America and are jealous of our power.
In the modern world of technology, the most important defensive weapon to protect the American people is anti-missile defense. That’s what Ronald Reagan called for in a famous speech in 1983. It is a purely defensive weapon — it isn’t built to kill anyone — it’s just built to save lives. What an anti-missile does is shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles when they are flying through space to hit us, and destroy them before they reach us. It’s like hitting a bullet in flight with another bullet. We know we can do this because we’ve developed and tested our anti-missile technology. But there’s still a lot more to do to get our system operational and, and if Barack Obama gets his way, we never will. He is using the terrible national debt and deficits as arguments to cut the military budget.
Meanwhile, other countries, especially China and Iran, are rushing fast with a tremendous military buildup that poses a big threat to our national security and even to our survival. We should remember that the duty to “provide for the common defense,” as stated in the American Constitution, is the one of the first and most important duties of our government. It’s the one thing individuals cannot do for ourselves; we need government to do it.
On Pearl Harbor Day, we should remember that George Washington gave us the best advice: “If we desire to secure peace . . . it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.”