Discussions on non-federal issues such as abortion, legalization of marijuana, and same-sex marriage seem to always take a front-row seat. These issues are not the responsibility of the federal government; these issues are the responsibility of the states. I am curious as to why the federal government feels that the nation needs to be scattered in over 130 countries worldwide? Why do we continue to spend obscene amounts of money on military spending? Why do we continue to be a force in the Middle East?