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I think we absolutely need to start framing national security as the security of our entire population in their every day lives, not just the security of our borders. Without the first I don't think we can truly have the second.

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And yet the GOP conveniently ignores the raging threat to national security that is their current Presidential front-runner. Even with video evidence. 🙄

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The most obvious threat to national security occurred on January 6th when out entire government was under attack. And, as you wisely depicted, all of the occasions when part of our population who use their Second Amendment right to own and bear arms took to the street and viciously attacked innocent men, women and children. It is hard to envision our greatest threat as being from unknown foreign enemies while being afraid to conduct our lives and send our children off to school. We need a serious, realistic reset of our priorities. When the safety and well-being of our citizens is at stake, party affiliation doesn't matter. We are all Americans and we must be on board to provide the best and most secure environment for all of us. Holding the administration hostage hoping to create chaos which will be blamed on the current President makes no sense. It puts our national security at risk at home and weakens our standing abroad. No one can win that game.

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Every time I hear people argue against efforts to strengthen our society as a whole through programs that help to reduce childhood poverty, or to provide quality healthcare for all, or to support teachers and schools, I always come back to the expression “A rising tide floats all boats.” What strengthens and supports one person/group supports us all and benefits our society in so many ways. I am not opposed to a strong military but it is not the only way to build strength in a country.

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A-men. May I add there's also the threat of false religiosity, the mingling of church and state. Every bit the enormous threat to national security our founding fathers envisioned.

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As a former educator I see the problems in our educational system that date back to when I was in school. I won't state that date, but believe me, school did not prepare me for the world by memorizing and spitting information back out. Now it's teaching to the test. Our children need to be taught how to think, problem solve, and coping skills. Technology is robbing our children of social skills and this is apparent in classrooms all over the country. I wish the people who hold office would open their eyes to life in the United States through lenses that include other aspects of national security, get off their political bandwagon, and think about what is happening now. Not what they think is happening now through narrow lenses.

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You want to ensure “national security?” Educate the people so we are prepared to handle (or learn to prevent) crisis.

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Thank you for your very thought provoking article. We are indeed under attack from so many in our government today, Supreme ??Court judges are tax evaders, Congressmen are our outright liars, and many in the Congress don't support our very Constitution, so national security is threatened at every step.

I have never been so enthusiastic as I am at this time in our nation's life, about term limits for Congress, and the Supreme Court. We must do something positive about our government, before it gets more chaotic than what it is right now.

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The protection of our voting rights is the epitome of protecting our national security!

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"Republicans make the point that we live in a dangerous world, with rising threats from China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and others. This is true. And they argue that cuts to the defense department could harm “national security.” "

This is one of the most confusing things about the current GOP.

How can they claim that Russia is a threat to US security at the same time they claim that Russia has done nothing wrong and we should be helping them take down Ukraine?

They aren't just hypocrites.

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"Our adversaries measure our vulnerabilities not only via our troop deployments and fighter jets. They see our political extremism, our animosities, our anger, and our selfishness and seek to exploit them."

This right here. AND, many enemies of our country do NOT play by the "rules". They will find insidious ways to infiltrate and weaken us further from the inside, or something more visible, or perhaps both. This is already happening among our fellow countrymen. The Handmaid's Tale is more than a great show on Hulu. It's eerily prescient, especially among the religious right.

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It's a good discussion for rational times. However, I would think we need to keep the focus on the fact that these rethuglicans voted for this amount of money to be spent in the first place. If I can't borrow from a bank and then say, sorry, I'm not going to pay you back unless you eliminate all interest costs, and stop making payments, do you think I could get away with that? These rethuglicans shouldn't be able to either! Pres. Biden I know is doing his best against the onslaught of insanity from the 'others'. I hope he holds the line! Default will be ugly, but I'm really tired of Dems backing down.

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Bravo for an insightful well written piece. Our greatest threat to our stability and our democracy is coming from the Republicans and their wealthy donors. They put greed above national security everyday. Thank you for your common sense and your willingness to speak truth to power.

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You're always sparking my thoughts and helping me understand things I've pondered. I know that the authoritarian leaders around the world are salivating as they watch magat chaos.

I understood these parts of our security as the economics of everything because everything is connected by economics.

We must remember that the tright's base was educated through the Trump U framework.

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The narrowly constrained “national security” to guns and tanks should be expanded! You make a great case for this. Brilliant!

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EXCELLENT!!! Please forward this to everybody you know!!!

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