In order to move on from a controversial post, inspired by a political frustration – allow me to post on a new topic – one that is also controversial (I am who I am, okay?).
Last night, I found myself up until about 2:00am reading some of the Federalist Papers. I was struck by a comment made by Hamilton in one of the essays:
“Standing armies, it is said, are not provided against in the new Constitution; and it is therefore inferred that they may exist under it. Their existence, however, from the very terms of the proposition is, at most, problematical and uncertain. But standing armies, it may be replied, must inevitably result from a dissolution of the Confederacy” (Federalist No. 8).
I was reminded of past discussions and readings that I have had regarding the existence of standing armies – and how, according to some, standing armies are unconstitutional. However, I find it amusing now to think of such a statement being made, in view of Hamilton’s testimony here — here he advocates for the ADOPTION of the new Constitution, already acknowledging the Constitutionality of standing armies.
However, I can’t help but wonder what you, the reader, might have to say about the necessity of standing armies. I am aware that some libertarian leaning individuals believe standing armies to be a potential threat, as some of the Founding Fathers felt. What do you think about the current size of the United States military? Post in the comments below, if you are so inclined.
I tend to personally favor the existence of standing armies in today’s world, though I do see the threatening nature of them, if one has little trust in the Federal government. I think it is rather irresponsible to ignore the potential threats from the other world superpowers – China and Russian, not the mention many Middle Eastern nations. In light of current technology and global trade and interaction, I feel that it would be rather foolish NOT to have standing armies.
I would love to hear your opinion on the matter, though.
~A Renegade for Christ