Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky posed the question, “Should the American government spend taxpayer dollars to ensure the safety of Ukrainians while neglecting the safety of Americans?” during an interview last week.
The same day, Senator Paul and his colleagues in the Senate debated about funding aid to Taiwan, Israel, and Ukraine. His question is at the center of the argument against continuing to provide money to foreign countries. America is in debt by $30 trillion. Is it fair to U.S. taxpayers to borrow money against the futures of our children only to protect the borders of European countries while neglecting ours?
The Senate voted on February 8 by a vote of 67-32 to begin debate on a $95 billion aid package to Israel, Taiwan, and Ukraine. However, the action eliminated any consideration of a vote on legislation about border security. Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York halted the discussion on the proposed border bill to shove through the bill giving funds to Ukraine.
But Senator Paul is a clever legislator and staunch defender of how the country spends taxpayer money. It’s a role he takes seriously, different from all others in our country’s capital. He is committed to using Senate rules that allow appropriate consideration and debate of the bill. It’s something Congress should have been doing the whole time.
“I expect to be very unpopular around here during the next few days,” said Paul on Thursday. “I don’t see any reason to pay for the security of other nations’ borders while ours is so insecure. So, I will do what I can to have the Senate follow the rules allowed for debate and the passage of this legislation.”
Despite that, 12 GOP Senators joined Democrats to pass the legislation. You have to wonder what their genuine motivation and interests are.
“Why should the hardworking American farmer, factory worker, small business owner, plumber, or doctor be burdened by adding additional billions of debt to our already inconceivable and unconscionable $30 trillion national debt?” asked Paul indignantly.
The argument for giving funds to Ukraine is that if we don’t, Russia will invade other countries in Europe. “It is a reiteration of the Cold War domino theory,” Sen. Paul alleged.
Is Russian philosophy a prelude to an all-encompassing war in Europe? Historically, in Europe, reactions to nationalism, disputes over borders, and keeping the “balance of power” have led to catastrophic wars. These wars resulted from the complicated array of alliances among European powers.
The inferno of World War I started because of the reaction to the assassination of the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian empire by a Serbian nationalist group. But, instead of just punishing the assassins, millions perished in The Great War. These countries weren’t trying to reclaim land they felt was theirs. For example, in WWI, several alliances went into effect. The result was the murder of more humans in the deadliest conflict in human history.
“If we don’t aid Ukraine, Putin will walk all over Ukraine, we will lose the war, and we could be fighting in Eastern Europe as a NATO ally in a few years,” according to Sen. Schumer.
However, Schumer’s words are the artifacts that belong in a museum dedicated to the history of the Cold War, philosophies, and strategy. He echoes the sentiments from the early 20th-century beliefs of respected “Containment” architect George F. Kennan. But it’s 2024, not 1954, and the war in Ukraine isn’t a repetition of the Cold War. Schumer’s words are around 40 years too late and don’t have a valid standing today.
In actuality, Schumer and the other senators chomping at the bit to spend U.S. taxpayer funds on Europe’s conflict should follow the lead of Senator Paul and, as previously mentioned, prioritize the interest of our own country. It doesn’t even need to be said that senators should put more effort and funding into securing the borders of our nation instead of spending billions of dollars in taxpayer money to protect Ukraine.