Hegemony ain’t in my Constitution.
Washington said ‘Avoid foreign entanglements.’
Quincy Adams said ‘Do not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.’
Jefferson said ‘Millions for defense, not one dime for tribute!’
Eisenhower said ‘Beware the military-industrial complex.’
We have ignored all this advice and have become an empire in all but name.
The term Hegemony is some neoconservative hyperbolic justification for nation building, unfair trade practices, war profiteering, military Keynesianism, and shoving ‘democracy’ down the throats of throwbacks who are suited only to violence and tyranny and make a mockery of our efforts to civilize them with the fruits of liberty and self determination, which have become tainted by our insincere zeal to engage every nation in one big social experiment loosely entitled the brotherhood of nations, but whose basic purpose is the further entrenchment of power by those who don’t want to lose it, as they most certainly would in a free, fair system where individuals were more informed and empowered than is desired by the likes of the author of this piece.
Strength need not be achieved through the barrel of a gun, as the Marxists in both parties (the Republicans follow Trotsky, the Democrats follow Stalin), but through the wise use of just military powers in accordance to the will of the People and in pursuance to the Law of the Land.
I don’t know who wrote this drivel about hegemony, but I’ll bet you he is highly paid to propagate the status quo by any means necessary without alerting the average man to his true motivations, those of greed, those of power, those of misplaced idealism.
We have the Bread and Circuses, we have the Emperor Worship, we have the imperial hubris, we have the Moral Decadence, we have the Structural and Fiscal Decline, we have the oligarchical senators and judiciaries, we have the wage slaves rioting in the streets, we have the well connected enriching themselves on the backs of the laborers and merchant with full approval of those in power, we have the we have the military spread to thin, and yet it is maintained that we are not an empire by those who doubtless gain by making that case.
It is a known fact that Republics are good while they last, but like all democracies, they degenerate into some lesser form as a result of interest groups voting themselves redistributed wealth via the very mechanism set up to protect the rights of all.
Rome made it some 300 years before real dictatorship set in, and another 200 years before an Empire was officially declared. Even before an Empire was declared, Rome had been functioning as one for more than a Century. It seems that we are in that stage. Some choose to see it as some benign welfare/warfare state, but others wisely proclaim what is coming: the Rubicon has not yet been crossed, but Caesar’s legions are amassing on the horizon.
Of course, there will not be an exact parallel. As someone once said, ‘History doesn’t repeat itself. It Rhymes.’
In our democratized society, it is likely no man will ever claim dictatorship for life, as Caesar did, and his successors continued in; thereby instigating our official entry into the empire club. Nevertheless, the results will be the same. Even if we remain ‘democratic’, electing someone new every four to eight years, the fact remains we live in a form of despotism. Compared to what might be, ours is as yet fairly benign. Do not be lulled into a sense of security by this. Do not fiddle while we burn. Make sure your guard dogs don’t sleep through the coming troubles. The geese won’t be able to do the job for them this time. The enemy is already inside the citadel, masking himself as the trusted citizen-statesman-patriot.
As attributed to Cicero,
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
If he were alive today, that last great defender of Republican tradition, would he agree that we are no more than a hegemony?