The Ideology Behind American Imperialism?

Do you know when we went off the rails and started dabbling in foreign military adventures?  Now, do you know when it became possible to link those adventures directly to the political agenda of a foreign ideology?  I do 🙂

Pieces of the Puzzle: The Militarization Of American Liberty


Forcing ‘Democracy’ On Other Nations Under The Guise Of ‘Liberty’


If we are to see more of the ‘bigger picture’ that is our world, we need to know and understand more history.  It is only when we know and understand history that we can start to see and understand how the things that happened in the past are still driving the events of today.  It is easy for each new generation to think they are somehow separated from the past, but this is an illusion.  We are closer to the past than we realize.  For example: suppose I were ninety years old today, and when I was ten, I spoke to a relative who was ninety years old at that time (that would be in 1933).  Now imagine that my relative had spoken to another ninety year old relative when he was ten (that would be in 1854).  Do you understand what that means?  It means that – today — it is possible for me to have spoken directly to someone who actually knew one someone who was alive before the birth of this nation!  It is actually possible to connect a ninety year old American to the founding of this nation in two steps, yet we think of our founding as ancient history.  I wonder, are you closer to Kevin Bacon than our hypothetical ninety year old American?  Now, here’s why this matters.


Our founders never intended this nation to meddle in the affairs of other nations – especially in a military sense.  How do we know this?  We know this because John Quincy Adams told us so:


[America] goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.

Read the rest — seriously, this one is worth your time.

8 thoughts on “The Ideology Behind American Imperialism?

  1. Pingback: Pieces of the Puzzle: The Militarization Of American Liberty | Fighting For Liberty

  2. I would also recomment that you read Wahisngton’s farewell address to the nation in its entirety. Especially that section because he really say we should only engage in agreements on a case by case, tempoary basis as well.

    • Old Vet,

      So did Jefferson. He argued that laws should last no more than 19 years, and that every generation might should write and ratify its own constitution.

      But again, I am not sure you totally understand the concept of the Social Contract as our founders understood and used it. Washington never said the Constitution should be viewed as a ‘temporary agreement.’ He understood it as a Social Contract: binding until the people dissolve it.

      BTW: without first forming a govt. there can be no rule of law. So, if not by Social Contract, how is the govt formed unless by dictatorial force? And any use of force negates the principles of republicanism. SO you are back to needing the Social Contract.

  3. America has a purpose beyond ideology and it is just about completed. There is a plan, and events are developing according to plan. Human faults and failures are taken into account and used in the plan. Cass Sunstein thinks he is brilliant with his book ‘Nudge’, but he will be amazed at what he gets nudged into in the next few years. Start your research at (top 2 posts) and then and then and see whether you can dismiss it as coincidences…

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