With this realization, came a growing need for men and women willing to take up arms in an effort to protect our American way of life and the freedoms so many of our ancestors died to entrench.
For as long as this nation has known war, we have embraced the heroes it has produced.
Personally, in my home, the district in central New York, the Air National Guard base, not 5 years ago, the commandant came through and said, This is one of the sorriest looking bases I have ever seen.
Medicare and Social Security have created the healthiest and most financially secure generation of senior citizens in American history.
The selfless actions of these heroes have removed them from their families, businesses and homeland to fight, so that others may experience the liberty awaiting our troops upon safe return to America.
I do not believe that the Social Security system is in crisis.
New Yorkers should know that no one in the Administration, at the Department of Defense, or at the Selective Service System is advocating the reinstatement of the mandatory draft in any form.
I believe Congress has a duty to do so as well; not simply as a body of legislators, but more importantly as a community of friends, neighbors, parents and Americans.
Our soldiers and their families are benefiting. They deserve good, quality housing and they need it.
Never, since the fall of communism, has it been so abundantly clear that an ethos exists, which is loath to accept the freedoms and prosperity we hold sacred in this nation.
We must never forget or diminish the sacrifices of those who gave everything for this nation.
The U.S. Armed Forces are the best trained, best equipped fighting forces in the world.