What sane man would settle in a town that gave no assurance of protection to his property and person by means of a local police force? What sane industrialist would build a factory in a city boasting of its small police force? It is certain that the idealist advocating the abolition of armed forces, will, however, expect an armed guardian of the law to promptly answer a telephone call when burglars enter his home. No matter how optimistic we may try to be, life, limb, and property must be protected by a force greater than that threatening it.
Since our feeble beginnings back in Revolutionary times, the United States has enjoyed a foreign commerce closely approaching the staggering figure of two hundred and fifty billion dollars. And in the same period our Navy, in peace and war, has cost us a total of only some eleven billion dollars.