Traditional American Foreign Policy

What do George Washington’s Farewell Address, Thomas Jefferson’s Letter to Gideon Granger, Assorted Excerpts from the Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, John Quincy Adam’s “Monroe Doctrine”, and John Quincy Adam’s Independence Day Speech all have in common?

They observe a rational Foreign Policy of Freedom, Peace, and Prosperity.

They answer questions of international relations with such things as ‘commerce’, ‘diplomacy’, ‘neutrality’, ‘independence’, ‘sovereignty’, ‘fidelity’, and ‘reason’, rather than ‘threats of annihilation’, ‘grants of privilege’, ‘conspiracy’, ‘war’, ‘ambiguity’, ‘deceitfulness’, and ‘ignorance’.

They espouse neither the views of the isolationists/protectionists (who, in addition to hating military adventurism, despise Free Trade) nor the interventionists/mercantilists (who, in addition to loving military adventurism, admire international monopolism).

They uphold the Classical Liberal tradition that launched the Revolution in the first place, a tradition of Natural Rights, Peace, Individualism, and Restraint on Power.

They put forth the views held by later men such as John Calhoun, Martin van Buren, John Tyler, Grover Cleveland, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Robert Taft, and yes, Ron Paul.

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