By: Carlton Huffman
October 13, 2010 is a special day for the United States in that it is the 235th Birthday of the United States Navy. It was on this date in 1775 that the Second Continental Congress authorized the procurement of ships to attack British supply ships.
Like the United States Army, the Navy is actually older than the nation, and just as our nation has come a long way from our humble beginnings so has the Navy. From John Paul Jones leading commandos into Whitehaven, England in 1778 to the massive force that led the liberation of Europe and the crushing of Imperial Japan the United States Navy has been the tip of the spear since before the nation was born.
Unfortunately the Navy has seen it’s funding cut since the glory days of Ronald Reagan‘s 600 ship fleet in the 1980′s. With the rise of regional threats in Iran and North Korea and the massive expansion of Red China‘s navy, the United States Navy needs not only our gratitude but our support in Congress.
I hope that all of the readers will not only thank the veterans and those now serving, but also encourage our elected representatives to fully fund our Navy as the first line of defense and offense around the world.
When the United States Navy is given the tools and support it needs it has stood toe to toe with Great Britain, France, the Spanish Navy, Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and the Soviet Union and prevailed. I can not think of a better tribute to our Navy Seamen and veterans then to give them the tools to defend not only our liberty but the happiness and freedom of millions of Americans still unborn.
Originally from Granite Falls, North Carolina, Carlton Huffman is a conservative activist who recently relocated to Raleigh from the Northern Virginia area. He’s happy be back in the land of Jesse Helms. He graduated from Campbell University where he studied Government and History.
KCC thanks him for his submission and looks forward to more.