The United States, being highly politically polarized, has two starkly different views on domestic and national security with many opinions that branch off from these two ideologies. To begin with international issues, there are mentalities that say we need to rush into combat every time a threat peeks its eyes over the wall of the internet and all of a sudden becomes mainstream. There is a certain manhood check that some politicians feel when a power in another country doesn’t fall in line with how they want the world to be, and that check causes them to want to engage that power and eliminate it, whether it be somewhere in the middle east or in the realms of Russia, and even if starting a conflict puts the lives of many American soldiers are at risk. The flipside to this train of thought is the idea that; rather than going out and spending money on fights overseas, why not beef up our defenses at home and make sure that those who are American citizens feel safe, and aren’t constantly face to face with a war.
This brings me to the domestic side of our national security. One of the largest issues that has been debated in this country is the massive militarization of the police and its consequences, whether it be the number of people killed by police officers (which is higher in the US than in any other country in the world), or the racially charged deaths that have seen the spotlight as of late. As 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders put it, “police departments should be part of the community… not an oppressive force.” The majority of United States citizens share this view as the demilitarization of the police has slowly started to churn bureaucratically. Even though the safety of the country and its people is the main priority of the nation’s leaders, it is also important to most that those who live here not be deprived of a quality existence.
Militarization of the police US military in the Middle East
by Sam P.