U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Lee Signs Peace Through Strength Pledge
Following President Ronald Reagan’s approach to national security, a growing number of leaders join in calling for a return to stronger defense and increased military support.
Alpine, Utah, May 17, 2010 — In the wake of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ serial announcements of deep cuts in defense spending and modernization, a call to arms has been issued in the Washington Times by seven influential, security-minded leaders of some of America’s most prominent public policy organizations. They have called on elected officials, candidates and the public at large to join them in advancing a ten-point platform for restoring national security by returning to the time-tested practice that President Ronald Reagan described as “Peace Through Strength.”
The original signers of the Peace Through Strength Platform (which is included below) include: Edwin Meese (Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation); Elaine Donnelly (the Center for Military Readiness); Frank Gaffney (the Center for Security Policy); Brian Kennedy (the Claremont Institute); Herbert London (the Hudson Institute); Cliff May (the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy); and Herman Pirchner (the American Foreign Policy Council).
In signing on to the platform, Mike Lee stated: “At this critical juncture when our country, freedom, and the Constitution are under attack, we must send a clear signal to friends and foes alike that we are in a position of strength to swiftly and forcefully defend liberty at home and abroad.” He continued, “This ten-point platform serves as a non-partisan approach to ensuring our national security posture remains strong and unequivocal in the face of growing opposition.”
The Peace Through Strength Platform is outlined below. Mike Lee encourages leaders, candidates, organizations and citizens to join in supporting this movement.
A Platform for Restoring ‘Peace Through Strength’
In a world characterized by growing threats to freedom and the U.S. Constitution, America’s exceptional role, and indeed our country’s very existence, is at risk. We believe such times demand a robust, comprehensive national security posture appropriate to today’s threats, and tomorrow’s. Toward that end, we espouse and will work to achieve the following:
- Renewed adherence to the national security philosophy of President Ronald Reagan: “Peace Through Strength.” American security is most reliably assured by having military forces that are fully trained, equipped and ready to deter or defeat the nation’s adversaries.
- A robust defense posture including: A safe, reliable effective nuclear deterrent, which requires its modernization and testing; the deployment of comprehensive defenses against missile attack; and national protection against unconventional forms of warfare – including biological, electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) and cyber attacks.
- Preservation of U.S. sovereignty against international treaties, judicial rulings and other measures that would have the effect of supplanting or otherwise diminishing the U.S. Constitution and the representative, accountable form of government it guarantees.
- A nation free of Shariah, the brutally repressive and anti-Constitutional totalitarian program that governs in Saudi Arabia, Iran and other Islamic states and that terrorists are fighting to impose worldwide.
- Protection from unlawful enemy combatants. Enemies who refuse to wear uniforms, use civilians as shields and employ terrorism as weapons are not entitled to U.S. constitutional rights or trials in our civilian courts. Those captured overseas should be incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, which should remain open, or in other prisons outside the United States.
- Energy security, realized by exploiting to the fullest the natural resources and technologies available in this country. We Americans must reduce our dependence for energy upon – and transfers of national wealth to – enemies of this country.
- Borders secure against penetration by terrorists, narco-traffickers or others seeking to enter the United States illegally. Aliens who have violated immigration laws should not be rewarded with the privileges of citizenship.
- High standards that protect the military culture essential to the All-Volunteer Force. The Pentagon should implement sound priorities, policies and laws that strengthen recruiting, retention, and readiness.
- A foreign policy that supports our allies and opposes our adversaries. It should be clearly preferable to be a friend of the United States, not its enemy.
- Judicial and educational institutions that uphold the constitutional responsibility of elected officials to make policy for our military and convey to future generations accurate portrayals of American history, including the necessity of defending freedom.
We call on elected officials, candidates for office and others who share these principles to join us in advancing them and, thereby, to restore the time-tested practice of promoting international peace through American strength.
- Edwin Meese, Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow, the Heritage Foundation
- Elaine Donnelly, President, the Center for Military Readiness
- Frank Gaffney, President, the Center for Security Policy
- Brian Kennedy, President, the Claremont Institute
- Herbert London, President, the Hudson Institute
- Cliff May, President, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
- Herman Pirchner, the American Foreign Policy Council
The Peace Through Strength Platform is a statement of principles, intended to educate the American public on explicit positions taken by candidates for elected office or current office-holders. Non-profit organizations, public figures and the general public are encouraged to sign on to the Platform regardless of political affiliation; indeed, a robust national security posture, regardless of party, is essential to America’s survival in the long run. Signatures by candidates for office or current office-holders to the Peace Through Strength Platform should not be construed as an endorsement by any of the other co-signers of those individuals or their political party.
About Mike Lee: An attorney from Alpine, Utah, Mike has spent his career helping individuals and organizations get overreaching government regulations and control out of their lives and businesses. A lifetime student of the Constitution, he graduated from the Brigham Young University Law School. Mike served as a law clerk to Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah and later spent time as General Counsel to Governor Jon Huntsman. Mike has twice served as a law clerk to current Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. He first clerked for the solidly conservative jurist at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, then was asked to return as a clerk during Justice Alito’s important first year on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court. Mike has also held positions in private practice, and is currently a partner with the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Howrey LLP. His understanding of the Constitution and law have made him a valuable resource for individuals and organizations throughout the country.
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