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Madison Was Right about Korea

Madison Was Right about Korea
by Jacob G. Hornberger

James Madison, the father of the Constitution, had a deep insight into the nature of government and public officials. Here is what he said:

A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending have enslaved the people.

Here at home, people are revolting. They’re revolting against out-of-control federal spending and debt, Federal Reserve-induced inflation and debasement of the dollar, and TSA body-groping and porn-scanning. Some people are even starting to join libertarian opposition to the forever occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

So what better thing to do than excite a war, like in Korea? As Madison pointed out, that’s what the Roman Empire did when Roman citizens began revolting against the Empire’s ever-soaring taxes and regulations.

Just think, the new battle cry among the statists can be, “The Muslims and the terrorists are coming to get us! The communists too! ”

What better way to get the color code up to red than to bring the reds into the fear equation? Hey, don’t forget that that’s how Hitler did it. He blamed the Reichstag fire on both the terrorists and the communists, and it worked. That’s how he got the Reichstag to enact the Enabling Act, which suspended civil liberties, temporarily of course.

Yesterday, the North Korean regime shelled a South Korean island, killing two South Korean soldiers and injuring several more.

Did this act of aggression appear out of nowhere?

Not exactly.

Continue reading: http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2010-11-24.asp



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What a crock

The NY Times "article" Hornberger cites was nothing more than an unsubstantiated Op-Ed piece (translation for anyone unfamiliar with the term, it was purely an opinion piece). Why in the world would anyone rely completely on the NY Times for story accuracy anyway? The Hornberger opinion on top of the Times' opinion equals lazy journalism.

Sure, you are right...

"The attack on Yeonpyeong Island occurred after South Korean forces on exercises fired test shots into waters near the North Korean coast."

it must be a crock...

Rand Paul 2016 for Peace

Unless the North produces

Unless the North produces evidence, all there is proof of is an unprovoked attack on an ill-prepared South.

He said she said...

Korea is none of our business. You sound as if you are defending the current US administration. Here is a good article that states we should be cautious and skeptical during the first days of a foreign confrontation.

http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/112410.html

Rand Paul 2016 for Peace

You are right about Korea

You are right about Korea being none of our business, but I'm not as forgiving about sloppy journalism.