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January 4, 2008

How (Not) To Win The World

"We Live And Learn" . . . And Then We Forget

Something I'm constantly being reminded of and find myself having to make allowances for is that many people I hear from in the U.S. who rely for their information on the mainstream public media don't, in some areas, seem to be given the same story that the rest of the world hears. This is particularly true with regard to foreign affairs and their background.

An article by Jacob G. Hornberger in the December 3, 2007, issue of Freedom Daily, entitled "Losing and Restoring the Republic," begins:

It is impossible to overstate the fundamental differences between the foreign-policy philosophy of our American ancestors and the foreign-policy mindset that guides our country today. The philosophy of our ancestors was nicely summed up in the Fourth of July address to Congress in 1821 by John Quincy Adams.

In essence Adams said, There are lots of bad things all over the world β€” dictatorships, tyranny, oppression, famine, and starvation. Nevertheless, he said, the U.S. government did not go abroad β€œin search of monsters to destroy.” Instead, the American people devoted their time and energies to developing the freest and most prosperous nation in history, which the world could then emulate.

However, Americans did not leave hanging those who were suffering political or economic oppression. They told the world, If circumstances in your country become intolerable and if you are willing and able to escape, even though every other nation might reject you and forcibly return you to your country there will always be at least one country that will accept you and your family permanently, with virtually no questions asked

And the world looked on. Progressive thinkers and philosophers who had been searching for a better way than the aggressions and oppressions that had plagued the world's peoples since the beginnings of history applauded. It was to be the dawn of a new era. But then, somewhere along the line, it went wrong. Some would say that human nature made it inevitable, but I would like to think not. Hornberger's complete piece is online at http://www.fff.org/freedom/fd0708a.asp

See also a not unrelated comment by Ron Paul at http://www.antiwar.com/paul/?articleid=12180

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