In the nearly thirty six years that you have been in Washington, America and the world has witnessed great change. When first elected to the Senate in 1976, the Ford Pinto was in the news and the USSR was America’s only real global adversary. Today, Ford is the only true American automobile manufacturer left standing and America’s enemies have grown to include not only the former USSR, but China, North Korea, Iran, Syria and a host of other countries that sponsor radical Islamic terrorism.
It seems that you, Senator, are the one needing to get real by not worrying about your misguided legacy of pretending to make the world safer. America is safe when she is strong. Our nuclear arsenal and military superiority are what ensures our freedom and safety. The START Treaty cripples America and does nothing to address Russia’s nearly ten thousand tactical nuclear warhead superiority. It also does nothing to address the nuclear weapons of China, North Korea and Iran. During the Cold War years, America and the USSR both valued survival, and that coupled with equivalent capability of annihilating the other, provided a powerful deterrent. Today’s world is far different than the one you stubbornly cling to. North Korea and Iran do not value survival the way America and the former USSR does. China’s intentions are unknown but their military threat is not.
The people of Indiana, like all of the heartland of America are real in the sense that we worry about our future and that of our children’s. We realize that nearly all of America’s problems have been brought about by career politicians on both sides of the aisle, who have forgotten not only who they serve but also the oath they took to uphold and defend The Constitution of the United States of America.
Mr. Lugar, it is time for you to come home.
Hoosiers for Conservative Senate