John Quincy Adams on “American Exceptionalism”

I admit to being befuddled and quite frankly saddened, by the state of this Republic and her “residents” (most do not deserve the unearned flattery of being regarded as “citizens”) as they continue to turn their backs on the unique heritage bequeathed by the Founding Fathers.

A mere two years after the tumultuous election of Donald Trump we remain a country that clings to ridiculous “Never Trump” narrative spewed out 24-7 by corporate media taking heads and bloviating radio talk show personalities such as Mark Levine, Hugh Hewitt etc. who remain opposed to everything promised by President Trump during the presidential campaign. The same U.S. “residents” who concoct graphics showing, as they did with G.W.Bush, the American president as a modern Christ, remain tireless supporters of the Obama-Clinton narrative regarding foreign affairs and the Balkanisation of these [formerly] United States.

The profound ignorance of the population and their willingness to toss away every Right and Liberty, paid in blood by the Founders, in exchange for corrupt government controlled by favoured monopolies and international corporations, should have the Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.

Watching the fake news on the fake T.V channels (Fox-News, MSNBC, CBS, ABC etc) and witnessing the residents of this formerly great nation lapping it up, is the motivation for my re-post of the article below. I don’t expect much, after all, even self proclaimed “Patriots” know very little about the U.S. Constitution or the goals of America’s Founders.

Here we go again.

Why quit our own [interests] 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, humour or caprice?

’Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances, with any portion of the foreign world.  George Washington- Farewell Address, 19 September 1796

 

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John Quincy Adams on “American Exceptionalism”

John Quincy Adams, while secretary of state, delivered an Independence Day speech in the House of Representatives on July 4, 1821. If the “inventors of Congreve rockets and Shrapnel shells” should enquire as to what “America has done for the benefit of mankind,” Adams said, “Let our answer be this: America, with the same voice which spoke herself into existence as a nation, proclaimed to mankind the indistinguishable rights of human nature and the only lawful foundations of government.” But the Declaration of those truths did not impose upon our nation the duty to enforce them all over the world. The United States had over half a century, Adams observed, “respected the independence of other nations while asserting and maintaining her own. She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart.”

America, said Adams, “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.” Our nation’s  “glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is the march of the mind. She has a spear and a shield: but the motto upon her shield is, Freedom, Independence, Peace. This has been her Declaration: this has been, as far as her necessary intercourse with the rest of mankind would permit, her practice.”

It is a practice that the America of our time has long since abandoned. And the costs, in blood, treasure, and further chaos in lands where our bombs and bullets have failed to bring “peace and stability,” have yet to be fully calculated. But there is yet another cost, one that cannot be measured in dollars or even in lives. America seeking dominion over other nations, Adams warned, “might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.”

http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/history/item/18633-american-exceptionalism-true-and-false

American politician, 6th President of the United States (in office from 1825 to 1829)
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6 Responses to John Quincy Adams on “American Exceptionalism”

  1. bunkerville says:

    Why is your twitter account temporaily restriced?

  2. Skip Patel says:

    I happens so quick that it must be a trigger programmed by Twitter themselves.

    I sent a note as a heads up about it to the Rutherford Institute and John Whitehead.

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