Our foreign affairs should be based on the "essential principle of our government" (Jefferson), "the great rule of conduct for us" (Geo.Washington): "peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none."
NATO is an "entangling alliance," and Buchanan notes that Bush's policies are "moving a U.S.-led military alliance into the front yard and onto the side porch of a country with thousands of nuclear weapons."
For each U.S. incursion into Eurasia, we should ask the question Buchanan asks: "Would we accept any commensurate Chinese or Russian move in the Caribbean?"
America should follow the example of Switzerland, and stop trying to be the policeman of the world.
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America should also follow the original vision of her Founders: to be a "City upon a Hill." This meant working on being a nation of virtue, not an international pit bull. When the nation's capitol was moved from Philadelphia to Washington D.C., President John Adams told Congress,
It would be unbecoming the representatives of this nation to assemble for the first time in this solemn temple without looking up to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe and imploring His blessing.Adams' pro-Christian remarks, and the official government endorsement of Christianity which was found in the Declaration of Independence and throughout Americas founding charters, are now "unconstitutional," and the U.S. now exports more pornography and weapons around the world than missionaries and Bibles. Jerry Falwell was correct to suggest that God had raised up terrorists to remind America that we have a log in our eye. Perhaps now Falwell sees the wisdom of not sending our military around the globe to deal with specks in the eyes of others.
May this territory be the residence of virtue and happiness! In this city may that piety and virtue, that wisdom and magnanimity, that constancy and self-government, which adorned the great character whose name it bears be forever held in veneration! Here and throughout our country may simple manners, pure morals, and true religion flourish forever!
"Simple Manners" is good domestic policy, and good foreign policy.