" Now however, the thought that the U.S. would retaliate for South Korea becomes less credible when North Korea can then (in theory) take out Los Angeles or Washington D.C. Everyone realizes this, so if the North gains a credible ICBM capability and if the U.S. lacks a credible defense, the American guarantee is gone and South Korea is left to the wolves (North Korea)"
I don't believe North Korea has the ability to observe US missile launches and get their missiles in the air before ours hit. China or Russia telling them they are coming so they can launch would be the same as launching themselves and we can trust that China and Russia are sane enough not to do that.
Rather than threatening to pick up our ball and go home when we lose, let's acknowledge that the country is divided on what we should be doing. It's hard to compare the different ideas because we have no control group to compare to when one party's ideas were in use. Comparing different times periods is difficult because the US is part of a global economy and has technological and societal changes.
So I propose we let the Democrats and Republicans come up with their own plans for taxes, entitlements, health care, and any other parts of the budget where practical. Add in a third non-partisan group of experts for an alternative plan.
Then we have a referendum with instant runoff voting. Each state gets to chose which plan it wants to implement. In order for a plan to go into effect it must have some threshold of states/population.
The debt is then split proportionately by population to the groups of states and we let the experiment run its course. Changes to the plans must be approved by the voters in the states currently on the plan. States can change plans on the same schedule as the Senate. 6 years, staggered so that 1/3 happens every 2 years. Continue until only one plan remains.
"I'm not giving up any freedom. I'm still covered by the Constitution."
When the Constitution can be set aside whenever it suits the government then no, you aren't still covered. They've already shredded the 4th. They would like to take away the 2nd based on your name being placed, without any due process,on a secret list that you aren't allowed to know you are on.
It's fine to be in favor of changing your Constitutional rights. But they have to do it the right way, by actually amending them rather than just doing whatever they want whenever they want or the whole thing becomes meaningless.
When you make your mark in the world, watch out for guys with erasers. -- The Wall Street Journal