Disappointing Vote by Representatives Adams, Butterfield, and Price on Defense Authorization

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chance for Peace speech, April 16, 1953

Our North Carolina congressional delegation would do well to heed President Eisenhower.  While Donald Trump continues his lawless march toward fascism, Democrats passed up an important opportunity to vote to cut his defense budget by 10% and to reframe the definition of national security to include funding infrastructure, public health, public education, and a social safety net to help struggling Americans. 

The Progressive Democrats of Orange County are deeply disappointed that Rep. David Price, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, and Rep. Alma Adams all voted against this amendment. 

Unfortunately there continues to be bipartisan support for overfunding the insatiable war machine that perpetuates great suffering abroad, and domestically, and continues to eat up economic resources that can better be spent to address the needs of the American people.  It is frustrating to see the Democrats continue to fight on a battlefield defined by Republican messaging, instead of going on the offense to frame this debate on their own terms. 

Supporting a bloated military budget that enriches corporate defense contractors but leaves most of our service men and women struggling to make ends meet, and reliant on public programs like food stamps is not being strong on defense. Fully funding policies that provide decent-paying jobs, quality food, housing, education, healthcare, and overall economic security, and that also take care of our planet, is the best way to secure and strengthen our nation.

Rebecca Cerese
President, Progressive Democrats of Orange County (NC)