Restore a limited-government republic to our nation.

Our country was founded on the concept of a limited-government republic. That meant a federal government whose powers were limited to the few authorized in the Constitution, the document that called the federal government into existence. While the federal government had an army, it was relatively small.

The reason our American ancestors favored a limited-government republic was because of the danger that a large military-intelligence establishment poses to to the liberty and well-being of the citizenry.

After World War II, U.S. officials said that it was necessary to convert the federal government to a national-security state, a type of governmental structure that is inherent to totalitarian regimes, to fight the Cold War against the Soviet Union, a communist totalitarian regime that had served as a wartime ally of the United States.

It was a specious argument. A free people do not fight totalitarianism with totalitarianism. They fight totalitarianism with freedom and limited government.

The conversion of the federal government to a national-security was a watershed event in U.S. history. That’s how we got the Pentagon, the CIA, the NSA, and an ever-growing military-military-industrial complex that has embroiled us in forever wars, interventions, occupations, and alliances with dictatorial regimes.

It’s also how we ended up living under a system that our American ancestors rejected, one in which the federal government wields the omnipotent power to arrest, incarcerate indefinitely, torture, secretly spy on, and assassinate people, including American citizens, without due process of law.

It is impossible to reconcile a national-security state with the principles of a genuinely free society. It is time to dismantle the Pentagon, military-industrial complex, CIA, and NSA and restore a limited-government republic to our land.

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