Rabbi Hillel said “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?
As Americans we have been given great gifts, and in most cases gifts for which we ourselves did not have to work. It is only fitting that we reach out and seek to care for others around the world in need of food, of shelter, of safety.
But we must be mindful of a painful fact: if we fail to take care of America first, we will lose the means to better the lives of others. We will cease being a shelter for others in a storm. We will no longer be a light for the rest of the world. And we disintegrate into a selfish mob.
Our nation and its resources are exhausted after seven decades of spending our treasure in defense of the world. We must rest. We must pause and tend to our people, our wounds, and repair the damage, wear, and tear of this nation’s fiber, so that we can once again stand strong when the forces of evil and hatred threaten us.
I abhor the evil done by ISIS, the re-emergence of an imperial Russia, and the rise of a China no longer focused on the prosperity of its people, but on its sense of national entitlement. But we are tired, battle-weary, and broke, and we have a passel of problems to fix at home.
Let us no longer be the iron fist to crush evil, but a finger inside the mailed glove made up of the nations of the world. We can lead the charge, but we can no longer man the lines alone.