The Original Foreign
December 18, 2006
is our true policy to steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of
the foreign world.
what policy is best? How should we
deal with the rest of the world in a way that best advances proper national
interests, while not threatening our freedoms at home?
believe our founding fathers had it right when they argued for peace and
commerce between nations, and against entangling political and military
alliances. In other words,
is not isolationism. Nonintervention
simply means America does not interfere militarily, financially, or covertly in
the internal affairs of other nations. It
does not we that we isolate ourselves; on the contrary, our founders advocated
open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations.
Jefferson summed up the noninterventionist foreign policy position perfectly in
his 1801 inaugural address: “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all
nations- entangling alliances with none.” Washington similarly urged that we
must, “Act for ourselves and not for others,” by forming an “American
character wholly free of foreign attachments.”
how many times have we all heard these wise words without taking them to heart?
How many claim to admire Jefferson and Washington, but conveniently ignore both
when it comes to American foreign policy? Since
so many apparently now believe Washington and Jefferson were wrong on the
critical matter of foreign policy, they should at least have the intellectual
honesty to admit it.
course we frequently hear the offensive cliché that, “times have changed,”
and thus we cannot follow quaint admonitions from the 1700s.
The obvious question, then, is what other principles from our founding
era should we discard for convenience? Should
we give up the First amendment because times have changed and free speech causes
too much offense in our modern society? Should
we give up the Second amendment, and trust that today’s government is benign
and not to be feared by its citizens? How
about the rest of the Bill of Rights?