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George Washington's Farewell Address on Foreign Policy

I continue to hear all the radio-hacks mention the Founders, especially when they Obama and his Democrat cohort/supporters scrambling with all the controversies occuring. They want to praise Bush's wars as the good wars and Obamas as over interventionist failures. I think it's a good idea to look at the General of the Continental Army who defeated the British Monarchial Empire and the 1st President of the Republic's view on Foreign Policy. Mark Levin's father Jack Levin has a new book called 'George Washington: The Crossing'. I'll bet it doesn't give any reference to Washington's foreign policy statements?

Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. [...]

... a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.

As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils. Such an attachment of a small or weak towards a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. [...]

The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/washing.asp

Gee, I wonder which nation would best fit his main premise to a 'T'???



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