I'm not into omens, divine signs, or wive's tales. I like results.
Putting the troops on the border to me means that less foreign people grow up hating Americans, less illegal drugs, guns, and people come across the border, and more Americans are here to help other Americans during times of crises and defend the homeland under any attack. Troops on the border means that more of our nation's bravest, finest, and most loyal to the Constitution are here to face any federal aggression.
This country was born out of militarized towns where everyone volunteered. One of the biggest motivators for me is the constant reminder that thousands of Tennessee 'Volunteers' before me gave their lives to create, defend, and honor this country and everything it stands for.
To answer your question; Yes, a militarized nation is a free nation.
The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson