This opinion is special to the Mirror by Paul Plante.
Back in 1966, a different century in a different millennium that is considered pre-history by young Americans today who consider history beginning when they were born, and not a second before, this as Democrat LBJ’s crusade to force the Democrat’s “sacred democracy” on the People of Viet Nam with bayonets, bullets and B-52’s, a Democrat senator considered by many Democrats as “treasonous” or “traitorous” for not believing in LBJ, the leader of the Democrat party, compiled a series of lectures into a book entitled “The Arrogance of Power” which should be required reading for every American alive today.
That senator’s name was J. William Fulbright, who 1966 was Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a committee this present Democrat in the white house chaired from June 2001 to 2003 and 2007 to 2009, after becoming a ranking minority member in 1997.
Senator Fulbright, likely a name totally unknown today, served on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and then the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for a period of time spanning the terms of office of five presidents, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson, and eight Secretaries of State to include Hull, Stettinius, Byrnes, Marshall, Acheson, Dulles, Herter and Rusk, and thus, had something to do with almost every important foreign policy issue from 1945 to 1966, at which time the book was published.
The Preface, written by Francis O. Wilcox, Dean, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, on 7 November 1966, this at a time when Joe Biden was attending Syracuse University College of Law, concludes by stating “Every thinking American who is really interested in our foreign policy, whether he be a hawk or a dove or, perhaps like many of us, finds himself somewhere in between, ought to read this important and challenging book.”
Which raises two important questions, to wit: are there any thinking people in America today, and did Joe Biden ever bother to read the book, which I seriously doubt, or if he did, he either completely disregarded it, or didn’t understand it, because it is about Joe’s botched-up foreign policy today in this regard – “Having done so much and succeeded so well, America is now at that historical point (this being 1966, and Viet Nam was just starting to heat up) at which a great nation is in danger of losing its perspective on what exactly is within the realm of its power, and what is beyond it,” and “Other great nations, reaching this critical juncture, have aspired to too much, and by over extension of effort have declined and then fallen.”
Today, people in this country, starting with Joe Biden, do not believe that that history would apply to us, because we have a sacred democracy and God loves us, and would never therefore let us fall, and it is a sacrilege to think otherwise.
The author continues by saying this: “The cause of the malady are not entirely clear but its recurrence is one of the uniformities of history: power tends to confuse itself with virtue and a great nation is peculiarly susceptible to the idea that its power is a sign of God’s favor, conferring upon it a special responsibility for other nations – to make them richer and happier and wiser, to remake them, that is, in its own shining image,” and my goodness, but isn’t that so much like us right now today?
Continuing, the author goes on to say, “Power confuses itself with virtue and tend also to take itself for omnipotence,” that word meaning “the quality of having unlimited or very great power.”
“Once imbued with the idea of a mission, a great nation immediately assumes that is has the means as well as the duty to do God’s work.”
“The Lord, after all, surely would not choose you as His agent and then deny you the sword with which to work his will.”
“German soldiers in the First World War wore belt buckles imprinted with the words ‘Gott mit uns.'”
“It was approximately under this kind of infatuation – an exaggerated sense of power and an imaginary sense of mission – that the Athenians attacked Syracuse and Napolean and then Hitler invaded Russia.”
“In plain words, they overextended their commitments and they came to grief.”
“I do not think for a moment (again, this is written in 1966, before Hussein Obama famously said on 28 September 2015 “I lead the strongest military that the world has ever known”) that America. with her democratic traditions, is likely to embark upon a campaign (even as Joe Biden is now embarking on just such a campaign) to dominate the world in the manner of a Hitler or Napolean.”
“What I do fear is that she may be drifting into commitments which, though generous and benevolent in intent, are so far-reaching as to exceed even America’s great capacities.”
“At the same time, it is my hope – and I emphasize it because it underlies all of the criticisms and proposals to be made in these pages – that America will escape those fatal temptations of power which have ruined other great nations and will instead confine herself to doing only that good in the world that she can do, both by direct effort and by the force of her own example.”
“The stakes are high indeed; they include not only America’s continued greatness but nothing less than the survival of the human race in an era when, for the first time in human history, a living generation has the power of veto over the survival of the next.”
As we fast-forward fifty-six (56) years into the future from there to here, where a corrupt idiot in Ukraine is calling for World War III and a madman in Washington, D.C. is marching the world towards that very goal, and taking the world with him into ashes, what say you, people of America, because if there are any thinking people left in America, they are likely to be found reading the Cape Charles Mirror, not the NYT or WaPo, what road are we now on?
Think about it, because the future is NOW, and courtesy of the Cape Charles Mirror, hopefully, we will get a chance to explore this serious subject further before Joe Biden blows us all to Hell!