Ron Paul – The Revolution: A Manifesto – Page 8 through Page 10

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Page 9: The founding fathers gave very sound advice on foreign policy. Thomas Jefferson advised against entangling alliances. George Washington advised against giving favored status to other countries when forming economic policy.

Quote (George Washington): “The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible…. Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice?”

Page 10: The US government has not followed the advice of the founding fathers for the last century. The foreign policy of the founders is labeled antiquated and not fit for today’s complicated world. However, today’s complicated world yearns for the simple nature of the founding father’s non-interventionist foreign policy. It is possible, looking at the history of American military conflicts, that the founders were wiser than we realize. This policy is called “isolationist” but that is inaccurate. Diplomacy and free trade are the opposite of isolationist. Those who impose sanctions and force democracy on others through military force are the true isolationists. They isolate us by ruining our reputation in the eyes of the world.

Quote: “Perhaps an honest examination of the history of American interventionism in the twentieth century, from Korea to Vietnam to Kosovo to the Middles East, would reveal that the Founding Fathers foresaw more than we think.”

Quote: “I favor the very opposite of isolation: diplomacy, free trade, and freedom of travel. The real isolationists are those who impose sanctions and embargoes on countries and peoples across the globe because they disagree with the internal and foreign policies of their leaders. The real isolationists are those who choose to use force overseas to promote democracy, rather than seeking change through diplomacy, engagement, and by setting a positive example.”


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