Monday, April 16, 2012

Peggy Noonan Channeling Ron Paul?

Cross-posted at the Left Coast Rebel

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force...Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."
-George Washington

Due to a busy schedule I didn't catch Peggy Noonan op-ed in Saturday's WSJ on the Republican party's trigger-happy war policy.

Plus, Noonan -- Ronald Reagan's speechwriter -- draws up an interesting John Wayne analogy to what passes as "strong on defense" in the Republican party today...

Finally, in foreign affairs the Republican candidates staked out dangerous ground. They want to show they’re strong on defense. Fine, we should have a strong defense, the best in the world. But that is different from having an aggressive foreign policy stance, and every one of the GOP candidates, with the exceptions of Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman, was aggressive. This is how their debates sounded: We should bomb Iran Thursday. No, stupid, we should bomb Iran on Wednesday. How could you be so foolish? You know we do all our bombings on Monday. You’re wrong, we send in the destroyers and arm the insurgents on Monday.

There was no room for discretion, prudence, nuance, to use unjustly maligned terms. There was no room for an expressed bias toward not-fighting. But grown-ups really do have a bias toward not-fighting.

They are allowing the GOP to be painted as the war party. They are ceding all non-war ground to the president, who can come forward as the sober, constrained, non-bellicose contender. Do they want that? Are they under the impression America is hungry for another war? Really? After the past 11 years?

The GOP used to be derided by Democrats as the John Wayne party: It loved shoot-’em-ups. Actually, John Wayne didn’t ride into town itching for a fight, and he didn’t ride in shooting off his mouth, either. He was laconic, observant. He rode in hoping for peace, but if something broke out he was ready. He had a gun, it was loaded, and he knew how to use it if he had to.
But he didn’t want to have to. Which was part of his character’s power. The GOP should go back to being John Wayne.
The Duke, Anti-War by today's twisted GOP standard: Wikipedia
I wonder how long it will be before the majority of conservatives in this nation wake up to the Republican party's "Bomb here, Invade Now" foreign policy credo? Peggy Noonan's overarching philosophical point dovetails nicely into a piece I wrote last year at American Thinker.
 
Simply put, the Republican party (due in great part to the military industrial-complex's incredible influence over our government) is far too ready, willing and eager to go to war. Blood (lost lives, broken families) and Treasure (devalued currency then loaned to the Chinese to pay for war) aren't even considered in passing as they scream, War! WAR! Bomb 'Em Now! NOW!

Unnecessary, prolonged war not based on self defense is the ultimate big-government infringement upon our liberty and pocketbook. Like every action of today's of Federal Leviathan, the Founders would be ashamed of America's foreign policy.

Please consider the message and authorship of the following anti-war quotes:

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 "If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -James Madison

"No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. "
-James Madison

"Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other."
 -James Madison

"The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war."
-James Madison

  "It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad."
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-James Madison

"Having seen the people of all other nations bowed down to the earth under the wars and prodigalities of their rulers, I have cherished their opposites, peace, economy, and riddance of public debt, believing that these were the high road to public as well as private prosperity and happiness." -Thomas Jefferson

"The most successful war seldom pays for its losses."
-Thomas Jefferson

"The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force."
-Thomas Jefferson

"Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later."
-Benjamin Franklin

"A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang."
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-Benjamin Franklin

"I hope....that mankind will at length, as they call themselves responsible creatures, have the reason and sense enough to settle their differences without cutting throats..."
-Benjamin Franklin

"When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?"
-Benjamin Franklin

"All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones."
-Benjamin Franklin

"How far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?" -Dwight D. Eisenhower
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"We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

"We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Preventive war was an invention of Hitler. Frankly, I would not even listen to anyone seriously that came and talked about such a thing."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

"You can't have this kind of war. There just aren't enough bulldozers to scrape the bodies off the streets."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

"War settles nothing."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

"There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs."
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-Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Statism needs war; a free country does not. Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by producing."
-Ayn Rand

"Do not ever say that the desire to 'do good' by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives."
-Ayn Rand

"No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country."
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-Alexis de Tocqueville

"All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it."
-Alexis de Tocqueville

"If we don’t stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, we’re going to have a serious problem coming down the road."
-George W. Bush

"Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction."
-George W. Bush 

For more anti-war quotes visit The Humble Libertarian.

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