Rejecting the Founders’ Vision: “Marco Rubio’s Liberal Foreign Policy”
Yesterday, Senator Marco Rubio spoke on foreign policy at the left-leaning think tank, Brookings Institute. In it, Rubio outlined what can only be described as a hawkish, Wilsonian foreign policy of hyperintervention.
Political Commentator Jack Hunter was one of many conservatives who took offense to the Senators' remarks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUQdD2_w23g
At one point, an exasperated Hunter asks, "Spend our children into debt slavery for humanitarian reasons? What conservatism is this?"
Rubio's foreign policy comes not from the founders who sought "peace, commerce, and honest friendship," but of the liberal Woodrow Wilson, who sought to "make the world safe for democracy" through force of arms rather than by example.
At one point in his speech, Rubio said, "I disagree with voices in my own party who argue we should not engage at all. Who warn we should heed the words of John Quincy Adams not to go "abroad, in search of monsters to destroy"."
Personally, I'll side with Adam's and the founders any day over Woodrow Wilson, who through his needless intervention into WWI set the stage for WWII.
[America] has uniformly spoken among [the nations], though often to heedless and often to disdainful ears, the language of equal liberty, of equal justice, and of equal rights.
She has, in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, respected the independence of other nations while asserting and maintaining her own.
She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart.
She has seen that probably for centuries to come, all the contests of that Aceldama the European world, will be contests of inveterate power, and emerging right.
Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be.
But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.
She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.
She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.
She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.
She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.
The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force….
She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit….
[America's] glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is the march of the mind. She has a spear and a shield: but the motto upon her shield is, Freedom, Independence, Peace. This has been her Declaration: this has been, as far as her necessary intercourse with the rest of mankind would permit, her practice.
- John Quincy Adams, July 4, 1821, before the U.S. House of Representatives