The raptor, which is definitely needed considering how old and potentially unsafe many of the aircraft in the inventory is; is just a metaphor for the new regime's contempt for the military. FREEDOM had NEVER been FREE. The far left has made it know for years what their agenda is. They want a socialist society. They want our country to be socialist. They have admitted it numerous times. The want the government to run all the banks, financial system, healthcare, economy, etc... They want our country to be part of a world socialist government. They want capitalism and an individual's ability to prosper to be taken away. Well, in order for this to happen, you need 2 things to occur first. You need to find the money to do it, and you have to reduce our military capabilities so that we don't have a military edge over other countries and we will require more UN and other country's cooperation in our military endeavors. Well, you get everything you want by reducing funding to the military. You get money for your social programs. The military becomes weaker and more dependent on other countries. With the USA not being the predominant power in the world (Which usually means paying a higher price than other countries); we would NEED more equal cooperation from other countries. That makes us more EQUAL.
No, the Raptor is just a metaphor for what they Obamareedelosi administration has in store for our military and out country. This is not conspiracy theories. They have made much of this information quite clear over the last few years. What they wanted to do when their party got back into power. And that included reducing our military. So, you might see it only as a plane. But it will happen to coast guard and navy ships; helicopters and tanks; and many other technologies and personnel.
P.S. BOXER: Know what you're talking about before inserting foot. I spent 20+ years in the air force. I am now retired; not that many years ago. My son is now an academy cadet at the air force academy. I have PAID my dues. I have the movie rights and the T-shirt. I'm allowed to speak for those now that you say aren't suppose to. Please; whether you're an applicant, cadet, parent, or military member; know what you're speaking of before saying it.