Today we honor the fallen. We thank God that such brave men and women lived, that America can call them our heroes. As we gather with friends and family this weekend, consider joining me in taking a moment to reflect on the cost of freedom. In this moment, let’s thank God for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in order to preserve the blessings of liberty endowed to us by our Creator.
I do not wish to create more Gold Star Families. Unfortunately, there are times when our nation must call upon individuals to protect our ideals and our nation. It is in these times when Americans proudly commit to President Kennedy’s promise that “we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, and oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
Given the presence of groups who wish for the destruction of America, should the occasion of war be seen as absolutely necessary, it should be decided Constitutionally under Article 1 Section 8 which grants Congress the authority to declare war.
Should a vote to go to war come before me, I will seek first the wisdom of God. I will respect that necessary sacrifices will have to be made by the brave men and women in our military and keep that at the forefront of my mind before voting to declare war.
I will not sit quietly and let my vote, nor the vote of Congress, be usurped by any sitting President while I am in Congress. Congress has not declared war since World War II. The respect I have for the men and women who have died in battle, and for those who will do so in the future, demands nothing less.