Christopher M. Hearsey

Democratic Candidate
Maryland's 6th Congressional District

National Security and Defense of America Requires Honesty

Defense should be part of a smart foreign policy that prioritizes diplomacy over destruction. When diplomacy fails, our military must buy more bullets. This balance has been with America since the beginning. The eagle on the Great Seal of the United States holds an olive branch in its right talons, and arrows in the left, to symbolize our desire for peace but readiness for war. I, too, believe that we should always strive to find solutions that do not needlessly spend the lives of Americans, but we should stand ready to defend freedom and resist oppression, wherever it takes root.

The brave action and selfless sacrifices of our men and women in uniform does not give the Department of Defense a free pass. I support auditing the DoD and ensuring that our dollars are responsibly and effectively spent. Defense research has led to many valuable contributions to technology, medicine, and American life, and I want these to continue. But Congress is tasked with the oversight of federal agencies, and it is the duty of that body to investigate fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer dollars. I will advocate for Congress’ role in fulfilling its duties and ensuring that the olive branch takes a more prominent global role than the arrows. For history has shown that when conflict assumes the prominent role in global affairs economic security fails and with it global leadership and peace. America must continue to live up to its ideals . .