As if lessons learned are never learned at all, it would seem that President Bush has not learned anything over the past 8 years. In the traditional farewell address to the nation, Bush proposed that we not go back to the policies of non-interventionism, but rather seek out injustice.
“At the same time, we must continue to engage the world with confidence and clear purpose. In the face of threats from abroad, it can be tempting to seek comfort by turning inward. But we must reject isolationism and its companion, protectionism. Retreating behind our borders would only invite danger. In the 21st century, security and prosperity at home depend on the expansion of liberty abroad. If America does not lead the cause of freedom, that cause will not be led.”
This is the same rhetoric and policies that got us into problems in the first place. We have conformed to the idea that the United States acts as the worlds policeman. However, we cannot say that a President does not have opportunity to defend the United States from attack, but rather that the thought of going around and correcting all injustice will cripple the power of the United States.
Remember what Thomas Jefferson said, “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”
These words still echo today, but are largely ignored by politicians in Washington. This is why China holds a huge amount of our debt. We have entangled ourselves and destroyed our financial credibility.
It will take something different than what we have been getting. It will take a revolution of ideas to stop destructive policies that only prohibit us from thriving like we once did. So when does it start?Published in