Monday, May 5, 2014

The "Folly of '14" -- Consensus Foreign Policy and Restoring the Constitutional Republic

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"The only way to avoid continuing collapse is to finally reject an interventionist foreign policy, stop bailing out and subsidizing politically powerful industries, and restore a free market in money." Ron Paul*
“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations —
entangling alliances with none.” Th. Jefferson **

 The core political question that Americans must ask in determining whether this country shall be an Oligarchic Empire or a Constitutional Republic is whether the "consensus" interventionist foreign policy of the "two" US tax-eater parties (the (G)OP and the Demos), followed for over a hundred years, has made the world safer for human life; has made Americans freer and more prosperous?

On all three points the lesson of history is clear: "No!"

Now we find the "Great Powers" caught in the same type of entangling alliances that led to the "Folly of '14" (that's 1914)***. 

Understandably, after the defeat of some of the totalitarian powers in WWII, the elites would enshrine "territorial integrity" as part of the system of world governance that has, it must be said, avoided nuclear holocaust, so far. That system made "sacred" the existing national borders, even, where, as with the colonial borders of Africa, such state-boundaries led to endless civil war and horrendous loss of life.

Today we see the "Great Powers" ludicrously supporting a revolutionary govt in Kiev that does seem to have some extreme nationalist participation, and further, supporting the borders that then Soviet dictator N. Khrushchev assigned to Ukraine SSR in 1955, primarily to dilute Ukrainian nationalism.

And all the while, the USA spends more than half of all the funds squandered on this planet on warfare. And borrows 40% of that... "Trillions and trillions wasted..." Ron Paul

The Folly of '14 is about to be repeated, unless we have a change of heart. And a change of foreign policy in Washington.

One foreign policy alone is worthy of a free Republic: strict non-intervention in the affairs of other state-actors. This was the policy of the Founders of the Constitutional Republic and it remains the only sane policy.

The interventionist foreign/war policy initiated well over a century ago with the invasion of Mexico, continued by Lincoln, the Roosevelts and Wilson, and by all recent Presidents, whether "liberal" or "conservative" -- (G)OPer or Demo -- has destroyed the once Good as Gold Dollar and is destroying our prosperity, our freedoms, and millions of victims around the world.

Americans bear a heavy responsibility for having allowed the Federal Establishment to become so war-like. "Wars" against poverty, drugs, terrorism... war against anyone resisting the power of that Establishment.

We now see the predictable world-wide blow-back, hurting us in so many ways. We further see the fruit of the interventionist foreign policy in the militarization and nationalization of our local police, resulting in a horrific increase in the incidents of civilians killed by out-of-control police in the United States. It is urgent that local police return to their role as lawful peace officers.

We are the only ones who can restore the Republic.

Soon it will August '14 again... another election... Maybe another war. Folly, folly, folly ...

** I first saw this phrase, "The Folly of 1914" in Mises' Memoirs -

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Vitamin Lawyer Health Freedom Blog said...


Born, as I was, in a deceptively peaceful America,
While the cities of Europe and Asia burned;
As atomic blasts shocked a world, war-weary beyond shock,
War was ever at the back of thought.

Remembering a kitchen table in The Valley, Orange, NJ:

A younger Grandma White saying,
“Such a shame. They just came back from war, and now it’s again…”
War in Korea… and our first TV set arriving.

Hot medium for a cold war, punctuated by intermittent “police actions…”
As though invading other countries was just a bit of peace-keeping.

The war to make the world safe for democracy had spurred dictatorships.
The political “Folly of ‘16” had unleased war and destroyed a civilization.

The war to end genocide barely slowed the murders of
More than a hundred million disarmed, inconvenient lives.

The wars to contain evil were, always, evil.

The Twentieth Century was so much the century of blood and death
That even the Pope finally cried out, “War no more; never again war…”

Yet war continued.
Rudra, the red demon of war, remained unbound.

I avoided Viet Nam with one of the last student exemptions,
While millions were conscripted to maintain the illusion of freedom.

Remember being at the Raising of the Pentagon in ’67.
Innocent hippies, all… can flowers really end war?

After the Wars to End All Wars… constant war.
After every political promise of peace, more war.

Forty years later, in ’07… another Peace March,
With my teen son and a dozen of his friends.
In the Capital City on a sparkling autumn day:
Now gentrified; now imperialized; now completely impervious
To a few hundred thousand aging hippies and their kids.
Nice brownies, though.

Half a decade later… “Trillions and trillions wasted…” on war.

Peace is still the elusive goal of our hope.

Ralph Fucetola – 4.7.2014

Vitamin Lawyer Health Freedom Blog said...

Jenny McCarthy sees a "threat."

"Iraq crisis: If America can't see the threat posed by ISIS, we need to worry" She uses the word about four times in her blog posting.

[I posted this response to that on a TEA Party comment board.]

"Threat" to whom?

Not to the TEA people of America.

Maybe to the Federal Establishment and its world-striding interventionist "consensus" foreign policy of borrowing trillions to squander the lives of young Americans... for what?

IMHO, the TEA Party ought to be clear that the only foreign policy consistent with our Republic is the Founders' policy of strict non-intervention.

"We" intervened in WWI and we all know how well that worked... and on it has gone for a hundred years or more, Demo and (G)OP administrations, alternating but never returning to the Jeffersonian Policy of "friendship to all; no entangling alliances."

Non-intervention does not mean appeasement.Jefferson was quite willing to root out the Barbary Pirates.

Standing firm destroyed the Soviet Union, but the armed conflicts with the Communist Block didn't go that well. If anything, not intervening in the USSR (the policy was called "containment") allowed time to both end the Evil Empire and not engage in nuclear folly along the way.

The US will remain the strongest military power for at least the next few decades. Beyond that? American independence will continue only if the country restores the Constitutional Republic.

"The only way to avoid continuing collapse is to finally reject an interventionist foreign policy, stop bailing out and subsidizing politically powerful industries, and restore a free market in money." Ron Paul

JMcC's original comments are here:

Vitamin Lawyer Health Freedom Blog said...

Just posted this update on a TEA Party web site:

How many billions of tax "dollars," and borrowed "dollars" did we spend on the Egyptian military over the past few decades? How long will our children be repaying that "debt"? How much more blow-back will the (G)OP and Demo "consensus" interventionist foreign policy engender?

The TEA Party, which means Taxed Enough Already, was founded on the understanding that our country is being destroyed by Big Govt.

But now the globalist elitists have found YOUR button and now so many of you are lining up to support the war on terrorism again.

And what was that button? They (especially the current White House occupant) armed the most radically insane Islamists and unleashed them against the Christian and other minorities in Syria and Iraq.

And it worked. All I see on Tea Party web sites is patriots deluded into beating the war drums.

Once again the "Folly of '14" -- 2014 this time and not 1914.

What should the TEA Party support in the current situation?

We should recommit ourselves to a non-interventionist foreign policy. And that doesn't mean being "isolationist."

We should declare that the Consensus Interventionist policy is bankrupt, before it bankrupts us all.

Then we should close down all the foreign bases, bring all the troops home, and secure our borders.

At the same time we need to repudiate the Fed Debt and cut taxes by at least a trillion fiat "dollars" to start.

Now that would be a TEA Party response.

Instead we get you all lining up to volunteer your sons and daughters for a new crusade.

Just my humble opinion. You might want to consider that you are being taken again!