Last week I wrote about conservatism on college campuses, and the struggle that comes with introducing diverse ideas. I thought it was fitting that this coming week on the University of Kentucky's campus The Federalist Society will be hosting a screening of 33 Minutes, a documentary from The Heritage Foundation. In addition to the screening Dr. James Jay Carafano will be flying in from Washington D.C. to speak to us and host a Q & A session after the the film. The event is open to all students and the Lexington community.
So why this film? Why should we care? The Heritage Foundation says:
"North Korea is currently developing a long-range ballistic missile that could soon carry a nuclear warhead all the way to Alaska or California. Iran already has missiles that can reach Europe, and could soon acquire nuclear weapons. These countries could share their missile and nuclear technologies with terrorists, who would in turn be able to directly threaten New York City and other American cities with short-range missiles.Once terrorist-supporting states get their hands on a nuclear missile, they would be free to attack us and our allies with impunity, knowing full well we would think twice before sending our armed forces into a country that could retaliate with nuclear missiles. They would be emboldened to threaten their neighbors, assert dominance in their region, and further destabilize dangerous situations. Thus, they would gain sanctuary from which to export more terrorism. Despite this present and growing danger, our government has moved too slowly to build the missile defense systems capable of defending us against such attacks. This is wrong. We have the technologies to do the job. And building a system is affordable, costing no more than 3 percent of the total annual defense budget."
In a time when it's common to discuss healthcare, the economy, and just about anything else it's easy to forget that national security should be an ongoing priority for the US. National security is something we are not discussing enough, and from my experiences a topic many students don't know much about. This is your opportunity to expand your understanding of threats the US faces everyday, in addition to having questions answered by an expert in the field. I strongly encourage you to attend if you are in the Lexington, KY area and to spread the word!
WHERE: The UK College of Law, Lexington KY, Room 213
WHEN: February 4th, 4PM - 5:30PM
WHAT: 33 Minutes Screening & Commentary/ Q&A Session from Dr. James Jay Carafano
WITH: UK's Federalist Society
If you aren't in Lexington and may be interested in hosting your own screening of the documentary you can find more information here. Hope to see you on Thursday Kentuckians!