|This editorial appears in theJanuary 23, 2009 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
America vs. Britain: Republic vs. Empire
The departure of George W. Bush from the Presidency of the United States provides an auspicious time for Americans to reacquaint themselves with the fundamental principles of our republic, currently so tainted by eight years of disaster. Whether this lesson can be relearned, rapidly, may well determine the future of the planet.
Working from the mission set forth by the Massachusetts Bay Colony founders, and the link between them and the Founding FatherBenjamin FranklinJohn Quincy Adams played the crucial role in defining our nation's republican character, especially in foreign policy. His concept, based on the principles laid out in the Declaration of Independence, defined our nation's approach to foreign relations as the search for a "community of principle" among sovereign nation-states, when he served as Secretary of State and President.
Specifically included as foundations for such relations were the anti-colonial principle, and the anti-entanglement principle.
Adams devoted his Fourth of July speech in 1821 to outlining these principles, in the context of the universal significance of the American Revolution itself:
Adams went on to argue that colonial establishments "are incompatible with the essential character of our institutions," and concluded "that great colonial establishments are engines of wrong, and that in the progress of social improvement it will be the duty of the human family to abolish them, as they are now endeavoring to abolish the slave trade."
Given these principles, it is no wonder that Adams rejected the proposal of the duplicitous British Prime Minister George Canning for an alliance between the U.S. and Britain on South America, on the basis that "Britain and America ... would not be bound by a permanent community of principle." Instead, Adams insisted that the U.S. ally with its southern neighbors on the basis of upholding the republican principle against monarchy, the American System against Europe, and mutually beneficial treaties of commerce and amity.
It was the tradition of John Quincy Adams' "community of principle" that Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy picked up, to the benefit of both the United States, and the planet as a whole. Today, it is of the utmost urgency that American patriots, most especially President Obama, refamiliarize themselves with this noble mission for the United States. It's time the Empire was destroyed, once and for all.