War is Not The Way

by Gary C. Huggins

From 1793 to present, the men that I admire most agree with Ron Paul. War is not the Way.

 A foreign policy of diplomacy and non-intervention in the internal affairs of sovereign nations, as advocated by James Madison, the Father of the Constitution; Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence; General George Washington, first US President; Presidents John Quincy Adams and Benjamin Harrison; US Marine Corps General and Medal of Honor recipient Smedley D. Butler, the author of War is a Racket; US Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe during WWII; Eric Arthur Blair, best known as George Orwell, author of 1984 and Animal Farm; American Journalist John T. Flynn, an outspoken opponent of Roosevelt’s lies and deception that embroiled the US in WWII; Republican Senator Robert A. Taft, “Mr. Republican”, the leader of the Conservative wing of the GOP from 1939 to 1953; Martin Luther King, the Champion of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and Ron Paul, the Champion of the Constitution, is a badge of honor.

“That the power to declare war, including the power of judging of the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature; that the executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.” ~ James Madison, Letters of Helvidius, No. IV, 1793      

“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” ~ George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796    

The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop.” ~ George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796 

“It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” ~ George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796     

“The constitution supposes, what the History of all Governments demonstrates, that the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war, and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care vested the question of war to the Legislature.” ~ James Madison, Letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1798     

“Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none”. ~ Thomas Jefferson, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801    

“We wish to cultivate peace and friendship with all nations, believing that course most conducive to the welfare of our own.” ~ Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Rufus King. 1802

“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.” ~ John Quincy Adams, July 4, 1821

“We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.” ~ Benjamin Harrison, 1888     

“There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.” ~ Major General Smedley D. Butler, USMC, 1935 (Two-time Medal of Honor recipient; author of War is a Racket)    

“I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we’ll fight.” ~ Smedley D. Butler, Major General, USMC      

“All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.” ~ George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia, 1938 (Orwell’s personal account of his experiences and observations in the Spanish Civil War)        

“War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.” ~ George Orwell, 1938          

Imperialism too, has come to describe a sort of internationalism, so that one who opposes it is scornfully called an isolationist. Imperialism is an institution under which one nation asserts the right to seize the land or at least to control the government or resources of another people.” ~ John T. Flynn, As We Go Marching In, 1944 (John Flynn was an American journalist best known for his opposition to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and America’s entry into World War II).

“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower, US President; US Army General, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe during WWII, 10 January 1946. Eisenhower Speaks: Dwight D. Eisenhower in His Messages and Speeches edited by Rudolph L. Treuenfels, 1948 

“When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower, Quote magazine, April 4, 1965 and The Quotable Dwight D. Eisenhower, edited by Elsie Gollagher, 1967   

“War should never be undertaken or seriously risked except to protect American liberty. Our traditional policy of neutrality and non-interference with other nations was based on the principle that this policy was the best way to avoid disputes with other nations and to maintain the liberty of this country without war. From the days of George Washington that has been the policy of the United States. It has never been isolationism; but it has always avoided alliances and interference in foreign quarrels as a preventive against possible war, and it has always opposed any commitment by the United States, in advance, to take any military action outside of our territory. It would leave us free to interfere or not interfere according to whether we consider the case of sufficiently vital interest to the liberty of this country. ~ Republican Senator Robert A. Taft, A Foreign Policy for Americans, 1951        

“I do not believe any policy which has behind it the threat of military force is justified as part of the basic foreign policy of the United States except to defend the liberty of our own people.” ~ Republican Senator Robert A. Taft, A Foreign Policy for Americans, 1951          

“The chain reaction of evil–wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr., Loving Your Enemies, December 25, 1957       

“The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr., Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, April 4, 1967

“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr., The Casualties of the War in Vietnam, February 25, 1967       

“The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor.” ~ Ronald Reagan, March 23, 1983      

“Another term for preventive war is aggressive war – starting wars because someday somebody might do something to us. That is not part of the American tradition.” ~ Ron Paul, Republican Congressman and 2012 Presidential Candidate     

“As recent as the year 2000 we won elections by saying we shouldn’t be the policemen of the world, and that we should not be nation building. And its time we got those values back into this country.” ~ Ron Paul    

“Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms.” ~ Ron Paul  

Gary C. Huggins served with the United States Marine Corps from 1974-1988.

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2 Responses to War is Not The Way

  1. Pingback: Ron Paul Wins Iowa and Minnesota | Combat Veterans for Ron Paul

  2. Great one, Gary! I was just alerted to this essay, and it’s gratifying to see such a laundry list of greater and lesser known advocates for nonintervention, peaceful voluntary markets and rationality. They are the light against the darkness of the violent, irrational and venal principles that we’ve seen dominate us for way too long.


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