Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ron Paul's Distinction

Certainly the debate in Washington suggests that times have changed since the post World War II era. Yet even today, "isolationism" is a bad word. Ron Paul solves the problem by coming up with a different word in his brief essay praising the original foreign policy of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

I believe our founding fathers had it right when they argued for peace and commerce between nations, and against entangling political and military alliances. In other words, noninterventionism.

Noninterventionism is not isolationism. Nonintervention simply means America does not interfere militarily, financially, or covertly in the internal affairs of other nations. It does not mean that we isolate ourselves; on the contrary, our founders advocated open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations.

Thomas Jefferson summed up the noninterventionist foreign policy position perfectly in his 1801 inaugural address: “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.” Washington similarly urged that we must, “Act for ourselves and not for others,” by forming an “American character wholly free of foreign attachments.”


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