Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Exposing Shills for Imperialism

  • S.L. Toddard fisks "another attack on non-interventionism" whose authors "wheel out every wheezing, decrepit canard and ancient boogey-monster in the imperialist handbook" — Nat’l Review Defends Imperialism Against “Isolationists”.

  • "It would be very healthy if the GOP moved towards a more Jeffersonian foreign policy after the disaster of the Bush years, and it would mean that a large number of conservatives learned some of the right lessons from the past decade, but it is more likely that very little will change in Republican positions on foreign policy," laments Daniel Larison — The Tea Party and Foreign Policy.
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    Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

    No, we need to follow a proper Federalist foreign policy as outlined by Presidents Washington and Adams. Jefferson's foreign policy involved undeclared wars, an expansion of executive power beyond the dreams of any Federalist, a fawning devotion to a foreign power (France) and a hostility to the rule of law in domestic affairs. If there is one thing that the Republicans should not embrace, it is Jeffersonianism. The GOP needs to return to it's roots, in the prudent foreign policy of Lincoln, the Whigs and the Federalists.

    12:17 PM  
    Blogger Steve Hayes said...

    "fisk" should come before "fishy" and "fissi-" in nthe dictionary, but I couldn't find it - what does it mean?

    12:26 PM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Fisking: "blogosphere slang describing a point-by-point criticism that highlights perceived errors, or disputes the analysis in a statement, article, or essay." Named after journalist Robert Fisk.

    2:52 PM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Mark in Spokane, of course, President Jefferson was a most un-Jeffersonian president, which is why he wisely left the office off his epitaph: "Author of the Declaration of Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and Father of the University of Virginia."

    3:52 PM  
    Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

    You can't separate theory from practice in politics. Jefferson's theories -- particularly his extreme republicanism and disdain for established norms -- had a direct impact on his policies when president.

    7:03 AM  

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