The current Presidential administration continues an aimless… and bewildering foreign policy- it should come as no surprise considering the diluted message the United States has sent the world following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The fact that three successive Presidents have failed to show a unified American position in the world is a clear indication of a failure to understand our history.
The Final Founder
The foundation of American foreign policy was set in 1823… and crafted by John Quincy Adams and James Monroe. Tucked away in his annual message to Congress was a bold and profound statement about the global interest of the United States- supporting freedom. Too many politicians and “analysts” dismiss ideology as unrealistic in the geopolitical sphere. This “nuanced” approach has enfeebled our position in the world- we have lost our way.
The Monroe Doctrine is not just about keeping Europeans out of North America… the ideological framework of the proposal is too often overlooked-
“that the American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers. . . But with the Governments who have declared their independence and maintain it, and whose independence we have, on great consideration and on just principles, acknowledged, we could not view any interposition for the purpose of oppressing them, or controlling in any other manner their destiny, by any European power in any other light than as the manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward the United States. “
The current administration continues to assail the press and critics utilizing their free speech rights… The President’s minions disingenuously claim that he is merely “fighting back.”
Only those who approve
Trump does not believe in civil discourse…. If he does not agree with something, or it challenges his actions, he feels it is illegitimate and should not exist. This is tyranny.
George Washington warned his fellow citizens about the dangers of losing free speech…
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
Jeff Flake’s speech to the US Senate yesterday seemed historic to many… a principled stand against Donald Trump’s attempts to destroy the time-honored traditions of the Presidency.
“Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as “telling it like it is,” when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified.”
Flake wants nothing to do with a party that is complicit in a charlatan… determined to undermine our republic and its virtues.
“Because politics can make us silent when we should speak, and silence can equal complicity. I have children and grandchildren to answer to, and so, Mr. President, I will not be complicit.”
The ghost of Henry Clay must have been smiling on Senator Flake… for he too took a stand against an unprincipled buffoon- Andrew Jackson. Clay never regretted his decisions because history has vindicated his actions. Jackson can only muster the “spirit of the day.” Clay’s policies actually had real historic impact. He said it best in 1838…
“I’d rather be right than be President.”
Indeed. Hurrah! Senator Flake
The buck stops here, General.
Harry Truman’s delightfully salty answer to why he fired Douglas MacArthur… spoke volumes about the division between our civilian and military authorities:
“I fired him because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the President…I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that’s not against the laws for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail.”
The buck is in his pocket
Today it appears the proverbial shoe is on the other foot… the ignorant whelp with conjectural progeny is in the oval office. Generals are now trying to steer a rational course and save the republic from a man-child with a serious Napoleon complex. The lines between the civilian and military are dangerously blurred.
America’s War on Terrorism enters its 16th year… our Commander-in-Chief continues to display a subtle contempt for the honored traditions of the Office- should we be surprised at his willingness to rattle the sabres and promote continued military actions?
The First Constitutional Scholar
In 1793, James Madison warned of the dangers in conducting long, expensive wars…
“War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement. In war, a physical force is to be created; and it is the executive will, which is to direct it. In war, the public treasures are to be unlocked; and it is the executive hand which is to dispense them. In war, the honours and emoluments of office are to be multiplied; and it is the executive patronage under which they are to be enjoyed. It is in war, finally, that laurels are to be gathered, and it is the executive brow they are to encircle.”
Globalism and free trade have been US policy since the Reagan administration… Donald Trump attempts to turn back the clock on trade policies- his critics are quick to attack any position he takes. America has a long tradition of protective trade policies, but Trump’s critics are unwilling to acknowledge the historical context.
Listen to this rap
Before rapping about his life on Broadway… Alexander Hamilton was one of the earliest advocates for protectionist trade policies. Hamilton considered tariffs an essential part of government investment in economic growth. He did not want the United States to remain a tiny agricultural nation beholden to the European grain markets. Protecting our young industry was an important first step. Hamilton argued:
“Taxes are never welcome to a community, [but] an increase of duties shall tend to second and aid this spirit [of manufacturing], they will serve to promote essentially the industry, the wealth, the strength, the independence, and the substantial prosperity of the country.” 1791
Alexander Hamilton and Donald Trump sharing tariff policies?…. I’m not sure the crowds at Hamilton! the musical will approve this political alliance.
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The gall of Black Lives Matter to demand Jefferson’s likeness be removed from the University of Virginia… our first truly public university.
Go to community college, kiddies…
Irony so palpable it is nearly farcical…. students of all ethnicities and backgrounds on a campus literally built for them by Jefferson.
Jefferson believed in education for all of society:
“I feel … an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings.” 1808
“This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind.”
The University of Virginia was his experiment and his dream of an educated citizenry…
“We wish to establish in the upper country of Virginia, and more centrally for the State, a University on a plan so broad and liberal and modern, as to be worth patronizing with the public support, and be a temptation to the youth of other States to come and drink of the cup of knowledge and fraternize with us.” 1800
To the confused children leading the preposterous protests in Charlottesville- Jefferson is not your enemy- your successes and privileges can be attributed to his vision and guidance.
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