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A Presidential Declaration of the Imperial State
Jeff Adams

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"I am an anti-imperialist.  I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land."
-- Mark Twain (1835-1910), American writer & humorist 
[A Pen Warmed Up in Hell]

January 28, 2005


I didn't watch the January 20th presidential inaugural, as I'm not into pomp and excessive ceremony.  However, I did want to know what G. W. Bush would declare as his aims for his second term.  Based on what I've read of his speech, we can expect mounting national debt, more strained relations with other countries (including allies, which might become former allies), the disintegration of our southern border, and more death and disfigurement visited upon our youth who are suckered into enlisting in the armed forces.  Mind you the death and disfigurement won't be endured for the sake of our safety and freedom, but to assist in the forced expansion of an ideology that runs counter to the ideals of the founders of our country.

I'm sure President Bush thought that in his speech he was inspiring the American people to a higher calling.  I have no doubt he believes his speech will sit in history beside John Kennedy's inaugural speech with the famous 'ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country' quote.  Bush's call to force his idea of freedom and democracy on cultures that have very little, if any, familiarity with either concept is irrational.  In the matter of politics and government, there is no higher calling than minding your own business, and leaving people alone, whether in this country or some other country, to live their lives.

Bush has made it clear that he has a vision of reshaping the world, and that any country that doesn't get on his 'freedom train' is going to find themselves being squashed by the wheels of that train.  GWB is not the first megalomaniac to think he is destined to recreate the world.  Bush's predecessors in this ideology didn't succeed, but the others didn't have the finances and military power at their disposal that Bush does.  That being said, we have a military that is already stretched to the breaking point, so I don't know how anyone can expect to launch any more invasions without causing our military to collapse.  Invading one more country would simply be confirmation that our president has gone power mad.

Nothing in President Bush's speech concerning the 'war on terror' conforms to the Constitution, Bush's oath of office, or the ideals the United States was founded on.  We are not to have a nanny state government, nor are we to be the nanny to other countries.  If people in other lands won't rise up and fight for their freedom, why should our people fight and die for their freedom?  People in foreign lands won't be capable of holding onto something they didn't earn themselves.  It is not our place to physically plant 'democracies' around the globe.  We should be cheerleaders for liberty and freedom, not enforcers of our concept of how other people should live and govern themselves.

Educating people in other lands on our concepts of liberty and freedom would be more helpful to oppressed people around the world than toppling governments in other countries.  Setting a good example of being peace-loving people, rather than looking like warmongers, would go farther in advancing freedom than ransacking countries.  Yes, Bush has toppled two despicable governments in the Middle East.  But at what cost, and what are the results?  So far I've yet to see a positive result for the American people, and we've created more enemies than friends around the world in the process.

The survival of liberty in our land doesn't depend on liberty in other lands.  It depends on having representatives in our government that respect the limited role our government is supposed to play in our lives.  Bush doesn't respect this limited role.  He's expanded government and run up a huge debt beyond anything Bill Clinton could have imagined getting through a Republican congress.  Our liberties are more threatened by our own leaders than they are by terrorists, and no government on earth would be willing at this time to attack us (however, I would keep my eye on China).

Rather than encouraging Bush and cheering on misguided youths enlisting in our armed forces, the lemmings that lapped up Bush's speech should all volunteer for the Imperial Army that GWB is sending overseas, so they can help in Bush's goal to recreate the political landscape in foreign countries.  In other words, they should personally act on their convictions or shut up.  I for one will denounce these unconstitutional actions and encourage our youth to reject militarism and steer clear of the armed forces.  I used to say that outside of serving in the ministry and spreading the Gospel of Christ, there was no higher calling than serving one's country in the armed forces.  That belief guided me to serve in the armed forces upon graduating from college.  I still believe serving in the military is a high calling, but only when the military is used for the constitutional purpose it was established for.  However, our armed forces aren't being used to defend the U.S.  The U.S. military is being used to impose one man's will on millions of people in other lands who want nothing to do with him.

Everyone should understand what their duties in life are.  In America, in order of priority, our duties are to God, family, neighborhood, city, our state, and then the American union.  Service to international imperialism is not on this list of duties.  To assist in this foolish venture of the President's is to besmirch the good name and character of all those in this land who went before us who worked to ensure our liberties and freedoms.

I believe that in the long run, U.S. meddling in the affairs of other countries will delay, and possibly even prevent, true freedom in those far away lands.  I believe our meddling will bring us more woes, and leave us less free.  Bush's goals are the pursuit of a Wilsonian utopia that is unattainable.  President Bush's challenge to America should be rejected, as it is an invitation to embrace imperialism and reject republicanism.  This is one of those times when our 'leader' should be left out in the cold.

Bush should forget the international interfering and focus on downsizing government, cutting taxes, demolishing Social Security, eliminating the national debt, kicking the U.N. out of the U.S., cleaning the national house of illegal aliens and reinforcing our borders.  Let the rest of the people of the world solve their own problems.  We have too many problems of our own to spend time trying to solve theirs.

 

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Jeff Adams is a Southerner, a former Air Force pilot, an industrial engineer, a father, a Sunday school teacher and a promoter of education and traditional American values as expressed in Southern traditions, particularly through the website www.knowsouthernhistory.net.  He writes the bi-weekly column
"The Southern Traditionalist" for America's Voices, and is also published on other popular webzines, including Sierra Times and The Patriotist.  He is a regular contributor to a hard copy magazine called "East Texas Today", and occasionally his material is posted on Dixie Daily News.  You can contact Jeff at jadams@americasvoices.org.

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