Privatizing Defense

2012-10—08 – After listening to Mitt Romney’s arguments about health care in last week’s debate, I’m finally convinced that free and open markets have brought America two things: (1) the best health care in the world and (2) the cheapest prices, as well – or would have without the interference of Obamacare. Cheap prices have been a tough nut to crack and the insurance companies were on the verge of success after 75 years of trying, but were deterred by the Democratic power grab. If we let Romney role that back, I am now convinced that it won’t take another 75 years to get that one right.

And so I got to thinking. If market capitalism could do that for America, I wondered, what could it do for defense. Defense, after all, is a big expense that business experts ought to be able to tackle for the big win.

Before you get scared, let me tell you that I’m not talking about anything wild here. I’m talking about a regulated marketplace. Romney talked in the debate about the need for regulation to keep a market free and open. But Romney is merely following the wisdom of the Framers of the Constitution who said in the Second Amendment:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

(And of course, rights guaranteed to people under the Constitution apply to corporations. So all bases are covered.)

And so I am proposing that we create a regulated market of militias, allowing each citizen to decide freely who they want to defend this country.

If you want to kowtow to Iran, you should be free to direct your tax dollars to militias that coddle Muslims and terrorists. But if you want to blow the mutha frickas away, you can do that.

You invest your military dollars the way you want, but under the principles of personal responsibility, those who choose wrong . . .

. . . uh, what was I talking about?

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