This article will focus on the farewell speech of President George Washington concerning Foreign policy and threats to the Republic. He knew this would be an issue and potential problem for the new Republic. I recently debated some modern scholars about the issue of President Barack Hussein Obama’s assertion that he will grant Amnesty to illegal Aliens by Executive Order. Of course, as the reader can imagine, I quoted Article II of the US Constitution and the restrictions placed on the office of President contained therein.
Let us take the time to read this excerpt of President George Washington’s farewell speech. After reading his address, I concluded Washington’s education was truly vast and cultivated. Common Core in our Public Schools with all latest technology cannot teach this ability to communicate in written word and spoken eloquence. It is a test of the modern individual to actually read this address and comprehend the meaning of it. Recall the truth, those who do not know history are destined to repeat it. However we recognize that certain events in history are not worth repeating. As we recognize Veteran’s Day 2014, remember the blood shed for freedom and the precious price paid to obtain and preserve it. Is it not prudent to seek freedom in ways that prevent war? Washington’s farwell address is a guide to just that prevention. The 9/11 commission report is also a guide to prevention of future terror attacks and security in America. However, our current politicians rarely cite to these as essential ingredients as the building blocks for the foundation of National Security.
FAREWELL ADDRESS, September 19, 1796 (selection on foreign policy) President George Washington
Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great Nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a People always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that in the course of time and things the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages, which might be lost by a steady adherence to it? Can it be, that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a Nation with its virtue? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment, which ennobles human Nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices?
In the execution of such a plan nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathy against particular Nations and passionate attachments for others should be excluded; and that in place of them just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The Nation, which indulges towards another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one Nation against another, disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable, when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence, frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The Nation, prompted by ill will and resentment, sometimes impels to War the Government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times, it makes the animosity of the Nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the Liberty, of Nations has been the victim.
So, likewise, a passionate attachment of one Nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest, in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and Wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification: It leads also to concessions to the favorite Nation of privileges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the Nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained; and by exciting jealousy, ill will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld: And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite Nation) facility to betray, or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition corruption or infatuation.
As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent Patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public Councils! Such an attachment of a small or weak, towards a great and powerful Nation, dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.
Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another, cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real Patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.
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. So far as we have already formed engagements let them be fulfilled, with perfect good faith. Here let us stop.
In conclusion, we have more “political” foreign interests than ever before in direct contradiction to the warnings and sage counsel of our first President, George Washington. We have various and extensive groups of lobbyists funded by people like George Soros determining forging relations on J Street influencing and molding relations in the Middle East and Israel, and all over the world to suit their particular interests, and not those of the Republic.
Mike Cutler, a 30 year INS agent stated: “While politicians from both parties are gaining huge campaign contributions and seek political advantages by betraying America and Americans by not seeking to truly enforce our immigration laws and secure our nation’s borders remember, we are a nation of 50 border states, Americans irrespective of political affiliation should be united in demanding that our nation do whatever is necessary to prevent the entry of illegal aliens and make certain that there is true integrity to the process by which visas are issued to aliens and the process by which applications for lawful status, citizenship and other immigration benefits are adjudicated. These issues were identified by the 9/11 Commission as being critical to preventing terrorist attacks.”
America has perilously strayed to an extreme position in foreign policy, and one that we were warned would be dangerous to the Republic. How can we solve a problem our government has created over years, by both political parties, steeped in greed and an epic failure to consider the safety of our Domestic land? I submit we first read and implement Washington’s farewell address wisdom and the 9/11 Commission Report.
Blessed Veteran’s Day!
God Bless America!