The Founding Fathers got it right from the beginning
George Washington, and the other founding fathers of our republic, got it right from the beginning in saying the United States should mind its own business and never interfere in the internal affairs another nation. And, they said, we should never attack another nation, unless it is in our vital interests to do so, or join in the wars of other nations.
The Constitution allows Congress to grant Letters of Marque
Soon after the Continental Congress ratified the Constitution of the United States, which under Article I § 8., authorized Congress “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal… the effect of which was to give Congress the power to declare war, and grant license to private vessels and armies to attack the enemy in order to avoid or avenge injuries to the United States. Letters of Marque and Reprisal have been a part of English Common Law since 1354.
In his recent article Is Tribalism the Future?, Patrick J. Buchanan gives us an excellent analysis of why our government should never be in the business of nation building. He said this is true because we have little or no idea of the internal make up and workings of other nations; therefore, we can have no idea of the consequences that will result from our interference.
We know little to nothing of other nations, so we should quit meddling
It reasonable to say this is especially true in the case of countries in the Middle-East that have been cobbled together to suit the whims of their former colonizers. This total lack of knowledge has been manifested by the outcome of every skirmish, conflict, and out-and-out war we have engaged in, in the 20th century and so far in the 21st.
The Lord God has shown us to be meddling muddleheaded bunglers and hatemongers time and again
Consider the consequences of our joining the “great” war that was to become known as WWI or the War to End All Wars, as it was known at the time. That war unleashed a monster on the world that arose from the ruins of its aftermath before they could be repaired or rebuilt, and before the economy of the conquered could be healed—not that the economy of the conquered was likely to be healed soon, or ever for that matter. Such were the consequences of the damages inflicted by the allies on the conquered. Incidentally, it was France and the American Henry Morgenthau, Sr., which led the fight to make the consequences of that war as draconian, ruinous, and hateful as possible. The effect of this hatefulness was the cause of WWII.
I would add that hatefulness, which was so atypical of the America we believe in represented perhaps the most demeaning moment in American history.
Had we—the United States of America—been forced to suffer under the weight of such draconian, ruinous, and hateful damages as did the Germans after WWI, what do you think our response would have been had a politician, who acted and spoke with the mesmerizing power of a great, charismatic leader, come to us and promised:
- I will put a potato on every pot.
- I will fill your bellies.
- I will provide jobs with a living wage.
- I will cloth you with work uniforms.
- I will build roads.
- I will rebuild our factories and make them better.
- I will give you jobs that provide a living wage.
If, in keeping those promises, he:
- Provided not just one potato for every pot, but filled every pot with potatoes.
- Filled our bellies with good, nourishing, tasty food.
- Created jobs for everyone with wages that made luxuries affordable.
- Clothed us with fine garments fit for all occasions.
- Built the first national freeway system in the world.
- Rebuilt our factories and built affordable automobiles called people’s cars.
I wonder how we would have responded? I suspect that we would have said, “Heil Hitler (or hail Obama, or whomever),” which, of course, is exactly how the Germans responded after Hitler started delivering many fold on his promises.
See why America should mind its own business?
This is just one example of how wrong headed it is for us when we join in the wars of other nations and meddle in their affairs. The most lasting legacy of WWI was WWII. Had we not joined in the fight of WWI, WWII would likely not have come to pass, and we and the world would be the richer for it. It will serve us right and show us in a good light to ourselves and to the rest of the world, if in the future we simply mind our own business henceforth. We seem to have enough trouble here at home to keep us busy for a long, long time to come. Let us get our own house in order and let others do the same.
I str0ngly suggest anyone who has read this far to read the comments that follow. Reading the comments related to this article is much more important than usual, although reading the comments is always a worthwhile thing to do.
What do you think? Agree or disagree, give the rest of us the benefit of your considered thoughts.
- The Former American Republic (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- High Crimes (trueconservatism115.wordpress.com)
- Congress Delivered Articles of Impeachment for tyrant Obama (anationbeguiled.wordpress.com)