This probably deserves a longer, more thought-out post.
Right now I just want to get this off my chest:
I do not believe, as the Republican budget insists, that America is no longer a great nation, that our greatest days are long past, and that America needs to hunker down and join the Second- or Third-World. I do not believe that America can afford to give up leadership in foreign affairs, nor leadership in education. I do not believe God will step in to save us from our own stupidity. America is an exceptional place because people chose to act, to make the things that make a great nation.
I believe we need to answer when the certain trumpets blow, and they are sounding now. I do not believe the full-scale retreat proposed by the Republican budget is the proper, best, nor American response.
Back to regular programming now.