President Obama has asked Congress to make a major decision concerning the future role of America in the world. Liberals and libertarians have wanted this debate for many years. The United States spends more taxpayer money on our military than the next 10 largest countries combined. This is the price we Americans pay to be the world's military "super power." This is the price tag for the USA to be the enforcer of international treaties, laws, and norms and the defender of human rights around the world. We spend hundreds of billions more on our defense department than anyone else because we are the great and mighty United States of America - the most powerful nation on earth. Congress will now vote if we want to continue in that role. The Syrian vote is not about retaliating against a tyrant dictator who gassed thousands of his citizens (including hundreds of small children) with chemical weapons of mass destruction. If we follow the historic course of our nation, then we retaliate and drop the bombs. That's our job as the leader of the world. That is what our high taxes pay for. But, if we want to start our country on a new path as a world "partner" instead of the world's "leader," then we say no to military action.