Tuesday, October 23, 2012

George Washington Responds to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

"Neither candidate wanted to talk about foreign policy — because the differences between them are negligible," rightly says Justin Raimondo of last night's "foreign policy" "debate," so instead they "competed for the role of Israel’s Best Friend" — Debate Summary: Israel, Israel, Israel, Israel.

Washington's Farewell Address warns us that "a passionate attachment of one Nation for another produces a variety of evils," with the Founder continuing:
    Sympathy for the favorite Nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest, in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter, without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite Nation of privileges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the Nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained; and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens, (who devote themselves to the favorite nation,) facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.

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