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Monroe Doctrine 2.0

I’m a libertarian.  Small L.  While I follow the national party news, I’m not a member.  I’ve been a registered libertarian voter since 1976.
How have I voted?  I’ve a stock answer for that question, courtesy of a friend from long ago, Bud:
“The Australian Secret Ballot is one of our most cherished possessions.”


I’ve no plans to endorse any specific candidate in this blog.  Of course, that may change.  Currently, I know I’m not a fan of the class-warfare, income-redistributionist, nanny-statism, big spending policies of the current administration.  I’m not a fan of the PATRIOT Act, TSA, and Department of Homeland Security efforts put in place by the previous administration, either.
Which brings me to the question.  In the Modern World, should the United States remain the World’s Policeman?   (Monroe Doctrine 2.0)  Hard corp libertarians say no – stay out of foreign entanglements, as President Washington desired.
Others say, it depends on the situation.
Weasel Zippers has a link to Big Government, wherein Candidate Ron Paul, Republican nee Libertarian, was asked this very question.
As if he were in FDR’s shoes, at a time when the United States was not in danger of attack from Nazi Germany, BUT, had knowledge of the activities of the Holocaust.
Candidate Paul responded in the negative – NO, he would NOT have used United States resources, would not have risked American lives, to end the Holocaust (under the conditions posted in the question).
Of course, The United States WAS at risk of invasion as the European continent was falling to the national socialists.  So the wording of the question may be fallacious.
But, it begs the point.
As a nation should we confront evil, wherever we find it?  Just because it is evil?  How many dictators have we supported because they were ‘friendly’ to the United States?  Or had resources we needed?  And how many oppressive regimes did we ignore?  Or simply choose not to combat?  Should we have?
Or should we always be isolationist, protect our borders and turn a blind eye to the rest of the World’s problems?
I personally don’t think we should be wholly isolationist, but, don’t think we should be jumping in everywhere, either.
The Sudan?  Somalia?  Iran?  North Korea?  Where does our interests outweigh our neutrality?
Just a fun thought for your drive to work this morning – Happy Motoring!


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “Monroe Doctrine 2.0

  1. Indeed the question for the ages. In this day and age of man-portable nucweps, what should be our stance?And as long as our stooges in the WH continue to kill American oil output, we'll be forever dependent on foreign sources of oil, which makes it doubly difficult to remain disengaged.

    Posted by Tango Juliet | December 28, 2011, 8:18 am
  2. @Tango Juliet – Thanks for your perceptions.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | December 28, 2011, 8:21 am
  3. Perhaps a pet peeve but, the Libertarian Party has never had a pacifist plank. What it does have is a statement that we don't initiate force. If any American is attacked or our soil invaded, by any nation, force may be used. But never initiated.

    Posted by Don | December 28, 2011, 3:04 pm
  4. @Don – Thanks for the clarification!

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | December 28, 2011, 7:54 pm
  5. Yeah, what do they call it…The Non-Agression Policy? I think Dr. Paul has the best plan for saving the U.S. from itself…but if I am being truthful with myself, he is not a perfect candidate. I am sad to see him having to play up his religous side more than he normally would to court the 'religous right'…From a foreign policy standpoint, I am not an isolationist. I also don't think we should be the worlds police man…I do think that it is better to fight 'Over There' than 'Over Here'.

    Posted by greg | December 28, 2011, 10:59 pm
  6. @greg – Thanks, as always, for your perceptions and observations.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | December 29, 2011, 8:25 am

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