Ron Paul – The Revolution: A Manifesto – Page 11 through Page 14

Page 11: During the 2000 election, George W. Bush ran a campaign that included a relatively humble foreign policy. Republicans had grown tired of the military intervention and nation building expeditions of Bill Clinton. In particular he gave Somalia as an example of one of Clinton’s humanitarian missions that turned into a nation building mission. Bush also mentioned the effect that such undertakings have on the reputation of the US in the court of world opinion.

Quote (George W. Bush): “I’m not so sure the role of the United States is to go around the world and say, ‘This is the way it’s got to be’….I think one way for us to to end up being viewed as ‘the ugly American’ is for us to go around the world saying, ‘We do it this way; so should you.’”

Page 12: President Bush ran and won on a platform of a humble foreign policy. It was much different than the foreign policy that Republicans espouse nowadays. John Quincy Adams is well known for his advice to the US that it not go searching abroad for monsters to destroy. Be he gave further advice as well.

Quote: “And by the 2008 Republican primaries, one of the front-runners had strayed so far from President Bush’s original platform that he was even saying that in the future, nation building should become one of the standard functions of the American military.”

Quote (John Quincy Adams): “If the wise and learned philosophies of the elder world…should find their hearts disposed to enquire what has America done for the benefit of mankind? Let our answer be this: America, with the same voice which spoke herself into existence as a nation, proclaimed to mankind the inextinguishable rights of human nature, and the only lawful foundations of government. America, in the assembly of nations, since her admission among them, has invariably, though often fruitlessly, held forth to them the hand of honest friendship, of equal freedom, of generous reciprocity. She has uniformly spoken among them, though often to heedless, and often to disdainful ears, the language of equal liberty, of equal justice, and of equal rights; she has in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, respected the independence of other nations while asserting and maintaining her own; she has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when the conflict has been for principles to which she clings as to the last vital drop that visits her heart.

Page 13: The foreign policy of John Quincy Adams is not “isolationism”, it is common sense.

Quote (John Quincy Adams): “Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She knows well that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force….She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit….”

Page 14: Henry Clay was not an isolationist either, even though he supported George Washington’s foreign policy advice. 19th century British statesman Richard Cobden opposed the interventionist foreign policy of the British government during his time, and yet he earned the nickname “International Man”. Some argue that those who support a non-interventionist foreign policy are against national greatness. However, national greatness cannot be measured in that way.

Quote (Henry Clay): “By the policy to which we have adhered since the days of Washington…we have done more for the cause of liberty than arms could effect; we have shown other nations the way to greatness and happiness…far better is it for ourselves… and the cause of liberty, that, adhering to our pacific system and avoiding the distant wars in Europe, we should keep our lamp brightly on this western shore, as a light to all nations, than to hazard its utter extinction amid the ruins and falling republics in Europe.”

Quote: “Thus we should strive to lead by example rather than force, and provide a model for the world that other peoples will wish to follow. We do no one any good by bankrupting ourselves.”

Quote: “There are those who condemn non-interventionists for being insufficiently ambitious, for their unwillingness to embrace “national greatness”-as if a nation’s greatness could be measured according to any calculus other than the virtues of its people and the excellence of its institutions.”


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