Cochise County – Over the past several weeks I have been writing a series titled, “What would the founding fathers do?” This series was meant as a play on words in response to an email I received from someone close to me, in the email they asked me “What would Jesus do?”
Obviously as many of you already know I am not a Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, or follower of any other religion. Needless to say this generally causes concern among many others when I make statements regarding this nation’s founding fathers and religion, or rights in general. So in this article I will be answering a few comments I have received over the past few weeks.
In the article titled, “What would the founding fathers do: The military and war,” I reiterated that our Constitution clearly states, “To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; to provide and maintain a Navy.” Article I section 8. Terry Hurlbut – Essex County Conservative Examiner asked the following question, “The question that any libertarian will have to answer is this: how best to defend against an enemy who looks for every opportunity to strike, especially when he can strike while still standing on his own territory?”
My answer is relatively simple, since the very inception of this nation we have maintained a state of perpetual war. With Theodore Roosevelt we went from truly defensive maneuvers to a more hands on approach, and appointed ourselves the world’s police force. Along with England and other nations we have divided other third world nations up, carved out new “boundaries” and forced ways of life on people that are neither prepared nor willing to accept those ways of life. And all of this has been done to gain more profit, Coffee and Bananas in South and Central America, Oil in the Middle East and other items in other nations. These “campaigns of protection” are well documented, here is a small list linked here.
- 1840 – Fiji Islands – July. Naval forces landed to punish natives for attacking American exploring and surveying parties. (We were surveying THEIR land without permission)
- 1853-54 — Ryukyu and Bonin Islands. Commodore Perry on three visits before going to Japan and while waiting for a reply from Japan made a naval demonstration, landing marines twice, and secured a coaling concession from the ruler of Naha on Okinawa; he also demonstrated in the Bonin Islands with the purpose of securing facilities for commerce. (A sovereign nation that we decided needed our “benevolence.”)
- 1895 — Colombia — March 8 to 9. U.S. forces protected American interests during an attack on the town of Bocas del Toro by a bandit chieftain. (American corporate interests!)
- 1896 — Nicaragua — May 2 to 4. U.S. forces protected American interests in Corinto during political unrest. 1898 — Nicaragua — February 7 and 8. U.S. forces protected American lives and property at San Juan del Sur. (Same as above)
Does anyone see a disturbing trend, and this is all before 1900. If we want to prevent future problems we could stop being the police force the world neither wants nor needs, and if we are attacked use precision strikes to terminate.
Another question I felt needed an answer was in response to the article titled “What would the founding fathers do: Civil Rights, Equality, and true Freedom.” Melissa G. of Tucson asked the following question, “Would you be willing to explain the 3 different “United States” to me, as I find it all rather confusing? One is a corporation, one is the 50 states, and one of the three is just the federal jurisdiction.” Again my response is relatively simple, though long winded. There is only one United States; according to the way this nation was originally set up it was to be a loosely governed “nation of states.” As with any good Republic, which was the original intent the states were to have the majority of the control, and the Federal government was meant simply to help manage inter-state commerce, foreign trade, and be ready for organizing national military for defense of the nation. The original intent as clearly outlined in the Constitution was for the states to have their own trained militia, similar to Switzerland where every person would be trained and than have their own arms in their houses. A true citizen controlled country, after all what is better than a well trained citizenry in a nation un-burdened by the debt of a standing military force? Unfortunately, all of this changed with Abraham Lincoln and his federalization of the nation through the use of war. Maybe it is time to stop, and retrace our steps a bit?
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