What about the military getting a fleet of Electrical Vehicles (EVs) trucks? What are they thinking? And what does the Constitution say about national defense? Let’s take a moment to think about this.
Consider the Mission Logistics
It is unlikely that soldiers can get to their destination without stopping to charge their EVs. Where will they charge these vehicles? I understand that our military will stop in commercial parking lots and charge the truck for possibly an hour at a time. (And what about the battlefield???)
Say, can you see a military truck in your local discount store’s parking lot with soldiers standing around, waiting for a charge? It is secure for the patrons, but how safe is it for the soldiers? Are they not sitting ducks? Didn’t a foreign adversary spy balloon peruse the nation earlier this year? What about infiltrated borders? What about criminals doing a getaway in the parking lot? How safe is this whole EV idea, really? The reality is that hybrids or trucks that rely on fossil fuels are a more efficient way of doing the business of national defense than electricity, at least for now.
Consider What the Constitution Says
Above all, what does the Constitution say about our national defense? The federal government is required to provide for the common defense. Article 4, sec. 4 makes this clear:
“the United States shall guarantee to every State a republican form of government and shall protect each of them against invasion.”
Well, you might argue that your state can provide multiple charging stations and help the military get the job done. Article I, sec.10 says:
“No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.”
Consequently, It’s the job of Congress to permit your state to do any form of national defense, and only in imminent danger when the federal troops cannot react immediately.
Without a doubt, this is an emotional issue. But we cannot let emotions get in the way of the truth or the rule of law, no matter how passionate we are about the environment. Americans can take the time necessary to develop reliable methods of utilizing electricity to power our military vehicles.
Meanwhile, we need the military to provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare of America so we can secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.
This is Common Sense Civics and Citizenship.🇺🇸
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