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"Madison Was Right About Korea"

Madison Was Right About Korea
By Jacob Hornberger
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Published 11/26/10

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James Madison, the father of the Constitution, had a deep insight into the nature of government and public officials. Here is what he said:

A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending have enslaved the people.



Here at home, people are revolting. They're revolting against out-of-control federal spending and debt, Federal Reserve-induced inflation and debasement of the dollar, and TSA body-groping and porn-scanning. Some people are even starting to join libertarian opposition to the forever occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

So what better thing to do than excite a war, like in Korea? As Madison pointed out, that's what the Roman Empire did when Roman citizens began revolting against the Empire's ever-soaring taxes and regulations.

Just think, the new battle cry among the statists can be, "The Muslims and the terrorists are coming to get us! The communists too!"

What better way to get the color code up to red than to bring the reds into the fear equation? Hey, don't forget that that's how Hitler did it. He blamed the Reichstag fire on both the terrorists and the communists, and it worked. That's how he got the Reichstag to enact the Enabling Act, which suspended civil liberties, temporarily of course.

Yesterday, the North Korean regime shelled a South Korean island, killing two South Korean soldiers and injuring several more.

Did this act of aggression appear out of nowhere?

Not exactly.

According to the New York Times, "The attack on Yeonpyeong Island occurred after South Korean forces on exercises fired test shots into waters near the North Korean coast."

You mean to tell me that the South Korean military fired test shots near the North Korean coast before the North Koreans shelled that island from which the South Korean shots were made?

Yep.

According to this news report posted on Brahmand.com Defence and Aerospace News, the South Korean test shots into waters near the North Korean coast were part of a military exercise involving 70,000 South Korean troops designed to "enhance combat capabilities against North Korea."

Question: If the Venezuelan armed forces fired test shots near the U.S. coast in the Gulf of Mexico, what would be the response of U.S. officials?

Answer: There would be U.S. bombs falling on Caracas tomorrow, if not sooner. U.S. officials would never permit such a provocation from the Hugo Chavez regime to go unanswered. In fact, such test shots would undoubtedly be a dream-come-true for U.S. officials who have longed for regime change in Venezuela.

Did the U.S. government play a role in those South Korean military exercises? According to that same news report, "While it was earlier being planned that the Korean Marine Corps would stage a joint landing maneouver on the western shores of the Korean Peninsula with their US counterparts, the JSC official later said that the US Marines would not be a part of the exercise."

Why shouldn't the U.S. government play a role in the South Korean military exercises? After all, U.S. soldiers in Korea are the sacrificial trip-wire that guarantees U.S. entry into another land war in Asia without the bother of congressional debates and the constitutionally required congressional declaration of war.

I once read a lesson about scuba diving that applies in foreign policy. In the ocean, there are lots of dangerous creatures, such as sharks and moray eels. But by and large, if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone.

Everyone knows that North Korea is headed by an irrational, weird, dangerous, unpredictable group of people. So why provoke them? Why not just leave them alone?

Well, I'll tell you why. It's the same reason that North Korea loves these types of crises. The North Korean regime uses the perpetual threat of a U.S. and South Korean invasion to keep its citizens distracted away from the nation's economic problems and keep them rallying to the government in time of crisis.

The U.S. government is no different. It uses the threat of terrorism -- a threat that its own foreign policy engenders -- to do the same thing to the American people -- quell discontent over economic matters and cause people to rally to the government in time of crisis.

That's what the war on terrorism is all about. It's what U.S. foreign policy is all about -- produce the crises, produce the threat of retaliation, and keep everyone stirred up and fearful, ready to rally to their government in time of crisis.

One thing's for sure: If the Korean peninsula erupts in real war, Americans will soon realize why libertarians, like Madison, Washington, and the other Founding Fathers opposed entangling alliances and empire. As body bags with American soldiers begin returning to the United States in droves and people's children are drafted into military service for war in Korea and occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq, you can already hear the statists justifying it all with, "Our Empire is innocent. We've been attacked because of our freedom and values. Madison didn't know what he was talking about. The dominoes are falling. The Muslims, terrorists, and communists are coming to get us. Our loved ones are dying. Rally to our government. Support whatever it is doing. Woe is us."

Jacob Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation.

Copyright © 2010 Future of Freedom Foundation.

 
Gal51

Asked by Gal51 at 11:08 PM on Nov. 27, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (16)

  • A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending have enslaved the people.


    I agree with this. and yet this is what the NEOCONS stand for . We have been heavily involved with the middle East for well over 30 years now...and here we are, Still invading.....and placing the government ou our choice...Did it work before? nope...we are creating our own enemies


    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:58 AM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • "Everyone knows that North Korea is headed by an irrational, weird, dangerous, unpredictable group of people."

    So is the United States.
    GingerKitten

    Answer by GingerKitten at 10:19 AM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • Those who make peaceful resolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F Kennedy

    Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of Liberty. John F. Kennedy
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 11:59 AM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • Sorry, but if one would educate themselves on the history of the Middle east and the UN you would understand why we are there. A good start would be the Treaty of Versailles.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 12:09 AM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • good answers
    san78

    Answer by san78 at 1:59 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • When their wack jobs are coming over here on our soil to kill innocent Americans it makes a difference sweet.My opinion on the ME is that we should just carpet bomb and get it overwith..save alot of nations alot of troubles..KABOOM! Problem solved.
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 5:45 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • When their wack jobs are coming over here on our soil to kill innocent Americans it makes a difference sweet.My opinion on the ME is that we should just carpet bomb and get it overwith..save alot of nations alot of troubles..KABOOM! Problem solved.


     


    How many nations think the same about America?


    and no other COUNTRY did that, a small group did...for that we have spent BILLIONS and killed hundreds of thousands....and the small group still florrishes...

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:16 AM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • *flourishes

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:17 AM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • great post got 2 vote downs?


    wow


    catty petty women

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:17 AM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • Gal51

    Comment by Gal51 (original poster) at 10:40 AM on Nov. 29, 2010

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