Or, Who are We?
Over the last 72 hours I’ve heard a growing number of TEA Party Conservative Types trying to square their Libertarian views with what’s going on in Europe.
The dilemma seems to be the Libertarian Ideal of Non-intervention versus the United States’ promises which have been made through Treaties.
I confess… After, After, After being Anti-Socialist, I’m more Libertarian than anything else. Even so, I believe we must honor those commitments made through treaty. It’s True I’m not interested in being the world’s policeman, and I would work diligently to remove the United States from many of the commitments we have made decades past, but until that happens we must honor those we’ve made.
The reason I feel this way is we have nothing on the World stage if not our word. And I guarantee there will be times we need those who have made agreements with us, the U.S., to honor Their promises.
So here we are… today… facing What it Is, not What we may Wish it to be.
The desire to not intervene is understandable…
Once upon a time, The United States stood for Liberty and Freedom of the Individual. It was a radical idea born out of the Enlightenment. This idea led to the formation of a Nation governed by Law instead of Men. We used to want Other’s to have Individual Freedom and Liberty…
We used to have a Mission. But we have wandered far from those ideals once at the forefront of our Foreign Policy and most importantly our Domestic Policy.
Because of that I can relate to those out there who believe we need to focus on our own home-grown problems at this point in time.
Do I want to run around the world and commit Men and Material in defense of people I do not know, who apparently don’t like us? No, I don’t.
I would prefer Countries in need of our help ask us directly… that would be the alternative to treaties as far as I’m concerned. You need us? Just Yell so Everyone can hear you. If you decide to champion Freedom and Liberty of the Individual, we’ll help. If not, you’re on your own. Good Luck.
But those are not the circumstances at the moment. We have Obligations, whether we like them or not.
But that really isn’t the issue in my opinion.
The Real Problem is what makes us any different from those we wish to oppose?
That should be the Primary Question facing all of us as we watch Russia “take back” what they believe to be theirs.
What do we stand for?
Why Should the Ukraine, or any other Nation for that matter, ask for our help?
What do we represent that is worth those in other Countries to risk dying for?
These are not rhetorical questions… I’m not sure I know anymore. And I don’t think they do either, which may be why they’re not asking for our help.
All of this aside, promoting a position of standing aside because of Libertarian principles, or because you might enjoy this current Administration looking like Fools (Which they most certainly do…) is to allow those who see the faults of Communism/Socialism to remain Slaves of it.
At the End of the Day I am Anti-Socialist first. All other things second. I am not interested in giving anything to Socialists, Ever. Ever.
I hope there will be more Thinking about where this is all headed and less Reveling in the Mess created by Progressive Buffoons. Yes, they’re idiots who cause more problems than they solve… so vote accordingly. Right now we have a problem and it has to do with the disappearance of American Exceptionalism.
(I will issue only one warning… there will be those Progressive-Liberal Republicans like McCain and Graham out on the networks hoping to win favor with people like me. They will not. They are a distinction without a difference when it comes to Socialism. Their time, that should never have come, is past.)
The events we’ve seen unfolding over the last several years from Georgia to Syria to Cyprus to Ukraine… to Russian Destroyers in Cuba to North Korea getting the Nuke and the Means to send it, to China poking Japan and promising to “unify” Taiwan and on and on… all leads to it “not being okay”.
There is a War going on.
All is not Calm.
And if we don’t take a position the rest of the world hears and understands clearly, all will not be calm.
What Position will that be?
What will we Stand Tall for?
(As an Aside: The Libertarians have a similar problem with Immigration. Ideally we are Open Borders. The Problem is the Poison Pill of the Entitlement State. Too many of us fail to recognize a Trap even when it is made By Fools. Which makes Us Fools. That’s why we must Makeaneffort.)