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In his “Farewell Address” which everyone should read, and after decades of public service which his opponents failed to truly appreciate, George Washington addressed both the foremost domestic threats facing constitutional stability in the United States, as well as the most pressing foreign policy issues that the United States must address. In terms of the foremost domestic threats, Washington wrote:

“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty.”

And according to Washington, the preservation of liberty domestically rests in religion and morality. Washington wrote:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

And as a message to Tony Blinken and today’s warmongers in government, Washington gave advice on how a truly American foreign policy should look like:

“Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all – religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence.”

Why Washington warned against warmongering is because warmongering under the spell of Rothschild money opens the door for foreign influence and foreign interference in American affairs and thus the end of the American system of government. As Washington wrote:

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people to surrender their interests.”

Thus, Washington set up a general rule for the conduct of America’s relations with foreign nations:

“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.”

Also, geography is destiny. Washington wrote:

“Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course.”

In turn, America must make good use of its geography and isolation. Washington wrote:

“Why forgo the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice?”

Thus, Washington was fundamentally opposed to “permanent alliances.” Rather than “permanent alliances,” Washington implored that “temporary alliances” guided by commercial relations, “impartiality,” and “neutrality” be the essence of American foreign policy. How far today’s Washington has veered and strayed away from the standard of conduct set by our “Founding Fathers” must have George Washington as well as other “Founding Fathers” rolling in their graves.

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