Russia will be able to overcome economic problems – Chinese Foreign Minister

The Founding Fathers’s policy was the be friendly with everyone, trade with everyone but to avoid entangling alliances. The Obama Administration’s propaganda and sanctions have strengthened China’s commitment to Russia.

Also the more nations we bomb, the fewer number of people want to buy our products. Would you have purchased products from Hitler’s Germany?

John Quincy Adams Speech to the U.S. House of Representatives on Foreign Policy (July 4, 1821)

When I ran for the U.S. House of Representatives this year I was shocked to discover how many of our own people preferred offensive wars of aggression to kill people abroad that may hate us, over America’s foundation to lead by shining example.

Compare this eloquent, one-page speech by John Quincy Adams’s describing America’s foreign policy and contribution to the world to that of our past four presidents, former presidential candidates including Mitt Romney, news media and talk-show hosts.

There are excellent points made in this speech that should inspire patriots. Feel free to pass it on. Enjoy!

You may need the Google Dictionary extension for Chrome. I’ve found it very useful when reading 19th century writings. Once installed you can just double click on a word to see its definition and hear its pronunciation:

—Robert John Stevens

Speech to the U.S. House of Representatives on Foreign Policy (July 4, 1821)

John Quincy Adams

AND NOW, FRIENDS AND COUNTRYMEN, if the wise and learned philosophers of the elder world, the first observers of nutation and aberration, the discoverers of maddening ether and invisible planets, the inventors of Congreve rockets and Shrapnel shells, should find their hearts disposed to enquire what has America done for the benefit of mankind?

Let our answer be this: America, with the same voice which spoke herself into existence as a nation, proclaimed to mankind the inextinguishable rights of human nature, and the only lawful foundations of government. America, in the assembly of nations, since her admission among them, has invariably, though often fruitlessly, held forth to them the hand of honest friendship, of equal freedom, of generous reciprocity.

She has uniformly spoken among them, though often to heedless and often to disdainful ears, the language of equal liberty, of equal justice, and of equal rights.

She has, in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, 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.

She has seen that probably for centuries to come, all the contests of that Aceldama the European world, will be contests of inveterate power, and emerging right.

Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be.

But she 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.

The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force….

She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit….

[America’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.