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In A Dangerous World

“I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures. I believe that we must assist free peoples to work out their own destinies in their own way.”

 

These are not the words of George W. Bush… Ronald Reagan, or even John Kennedy.  This is the essence of the Truman Doctrine- a clear outline for America’s strategic place in the world.  Though primarily written by Dean Acheson, Harry Truman’s plain spoken manner made the intent abundantly clear.  Our security at home was directly tied to our vigilance abroad.

Carry the battle to them...

Carry the battle to them…

Would such decisive language be welcomed… by Democrats today? Politicians on both sides of the aisle seem to be embracing the self-destructive tenants of isolationism.  They are deluded as were our early leaders that neutrality was not only desired, but possible.

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Facts in Five

Jefferson : Foreign Policy edition

  • First War on Terror-  Jefferson never supported large standing armies until he was forced to send a fleet to the Mediterranean and Marines to the shores of Tripoli  in 1801.  Jefferson signed the bill creating the US Military academy at West Point.
  • Deal for the ages-  Always a strict constructionist, Jefferson quickly altered his interpretation of the Constitution when the French government offered the Louisiana territory for three cents an acre.  No nation had ever purchased an empire. 
  • Getting a jump on things-  Before the ink was dry on the Louisiana Purchase, Jefferson had commissioned the Lewis and Clark expedition.  The Corps of Discovery were to explore the Northwest Passage and lay claim to land on the Pacific coast.
  • Snake in the Grass-  Frustrated by his rejections in the political circles of Washington and New York, Vice-President Aaron Burr organized a private militia and openly spoke of organizing the Louisiana Territory into an independent state.  Jefferson called out the troops and had Burr arrested for treason. 
Commander-in-Chief when needs be

Commander-in-Chief when needs be

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Already Forgotten

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 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.

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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. “

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Ending Impunity

America’s war on terrorism has deep roots… deeper than many care to remember.  The President has the duty to protect the citizens from threats abroad and in our backyard.  US Grant did just that during Reconstruction in the South.  The terrorists were the Ku Klux Klan.

Extraordinary power

Extraordinary power

The Klan was terrorizing former slaves… and in many cases, killing with impunity during Reconstruction.  Local law enforcement and state militias provided little relief.  Grant speedily signed a third Enforcement Act, designed to bring law enforcement under Federal control.  Klan atrocities had grown so prevalent, no accurate statistics can measure the true impact.  The law gave Grant the power to:

  • Suspend habeas corpus in counties deemed “detrimental to implementation of Federal law”
  • Use US military forces in the execution of the law
  • Try the offenders in Federal court.

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Grant ordered sweeping raids across… Louisiana, South Carolina, and Georgia in 1871.  Federal troops arrested hundreds and forced many hundreds more to flee.  Federal courts, many with black jurors, handed down the stiffest of penalties.  The power and influence of the Klan was broken.

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In an all-too-common pattern… the extreme measures polarized the American people.  Grant’s actions were necessary, but American voters were swayed by the perceived improprieties.  Reconstruction came to a crashing halt in the election of 1876.

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Already Forgotten

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 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.

john-quincy-adams-signature-1

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. “

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In A Dangerous World

“I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures. I believe that we must assist free peoples to work out their own destinies in their own way.”

 

These are not the words of George W. Bush… Ronald Reagan, or even John Kennedy.  This is the essence of the Truman Doctrine- a clear outline for America’s strategic place in the world.  Though primarily written by Dean Acheson, Harry Truman’s plain spoken manner made the intent abundantly clear.  Our security at home was directly tied to our vigilance abroad.

Carry the battle to them...

Carry the battle to them…

Would such decisive language be welcomed… by Democrats today? Politicians on both sides of the aisle seem to be embracing the self-destructive tenants of isolationism.  They are deluded as were our early leaders that neutrality was not only desired, but possible.

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In A Dangerous World

“I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures. I believe that we must assist free peoples to work out their own destinies in their own way.”

 

These are not the words of George W. Bush… Ronald Reagan, or even John Kennedy.  This is the essence of the Truman Doctrine- a clear outline for America’s strategic place in the world.  Though primarily written by Dean Acheson, Harry Truman’s plain spoken manner made the intent abundantly clear.  Our security at home was directly tied to our vigilance abroad.

Carry the battle to them...

Carry the battle to them…

Would such decisive language be welcomed… by Democrats today? Politicians on both sides of the aisle seem to be embracing the self-destructive tenants of isolationism.  They are deluded as were our early leaders that neutrality was not only desired, but possible.

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