If a American Republic Is To Be Restored
before a House of Representatives, Mar 25, 1999, is collected
Foreign Policy of Freedom (2007).
currently we arise with thankfulness to Edmund Burke and counterfeit words
he initial spoke 224 years ago this week. It is currently loyal that
to revive autocracy and grace to a commonwealth so good and distracted
as ours is indeed a poignant undertaking. For, judging of what
we are by what we ought to be, we have swayed myself that this
physique competence accept this reasonable proposition.
is peace. Not assent by a middle of war, not assent to be hunted
by a intricacy of confusing and unconstrained negotiations; not
assent to arise out of concept discord, fomented from principle,
in all tools of a earth; not assent to count on juridical determination
of confusing questions, or a accurate imprinting a murky boundaries
of apart nations. It is simply peace, sought in a healthy course
and in a typical haunts.
Let other nations
always keep a thought of their emperor self-government associated
with a commonwealth and they will cater us, and no force under
sky will be of energy to rip them from a allegiance. But let
it be once accepted that a government might be one thing and their
government another; that these dual things exist though mutual
courtesy one for a other and a affinity will be gone, the
loyalty loosened and a fondness hastened to spoil and dissolution.
As prolonged as we have a knowledge to keep this commonwealth as a sanctuary
of liberty, a dedicated church hallowed to a common faith, wherever
humankind worships freedom, they will spin their faces toward us.
The some-more they multiply, a some-more friends we will have; a more
ardently they adore liberty, a some-more ideal will be a relations.
Slavery they can find anywhere, as nearby to us as Cuba or as remote
as China. But until we spin mislaid to all feeling of a national
seductiveness and healthy legacy, leisure and self-rule they can find
in zero though a American founding. These are changed commodities,
and a commonwealth alone was founded on them. This is a loyal currency
that binds to us a commerce of nations and by them secures
a resources of a world. But repudiate others their inhabitant sovereignty
and self-government, and we mangle that solitary bond that originally
made, and contingency still preserve, loyalty among nations. Do not
perform so diseased an imagination as that UN Charters and Security
Councils, GATT and general laws, World Trade Organizations
and General Assemblies are what foster commerce and friendship.
Do not dream that NATO and peacekeeping army are a things that
can reason nations together. It is a suggestion of village that gives
nations their lives and efficacy. And it is a suggestion of a Constitution
of a Founders that can buoy each commonwealth of a world, even
down to a minutest of these.
For is it not
a same trait that would do a thing for us here in these United
States? Do we suppose afterwards that it is a income taxation that pays
a revenue? That it is a annual opinion of a Ways and Means Committee
that yield us an army? Or that it is a justice martial that inspires
it with aplomb and discipline? No! Surely, no! It is a private
activity of adults that gives government revenue, and it is the
invulnerability of a commonwealth that encourages immature people to not only
stock a army and navy, though also has infused them with a patriotism,
though that a army will spin a bottom rubble and a navy nothing
though decaying timber.
this, we know good enough, will sound furious and vision to the
scurrilous flock of those coarse and automatic politicians who have
no place among us: a arrange of people who consider that zero exists
though what is sum and material, and who, therefore, distant from being
competent to be directors of a good transformation of this nation,
are not fit to spin a circle in a machine of a government.
But to group truly instituted and righteously taught these statute and master
principles, that in a opinion of such group as we have mentioned
have no estimable existence, are in law everything. Magnanimity
in politics is mostly a truest wisdom, and a good commonwealth and little
minds go ill together.
If we are conscious
of a situation, and work zealously to fill a places, as becomes
a story of this good institution, we ought to auspicate all
a open record on Kosovo with a aged warning of a Church,
Sursum corda! We ought to rouse a minds to a mass of
that trust to that a sequence of Providence has called us. By averting
to a grace of this high calling, a forefathers incited a savage
forest into a stately nation, and have done a many extensive
and a usually honest conquests, not by bombing and sabre-rattling,
though by compelling a wealth, a liberty, and a assent of mankind.
Let us benefit a allies as we obtain a possess liberty. Respect of
self-government has done a commonwealth all that it is. Peace and neutrality
alone will make ours a commonwealth that it can nonetheless still be.
Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.