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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers Number 11, and The Rights Of Neutrality
Hamilton writes: "The rights of neutrality will only be respected, when they are defended by an adequate power. A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral."
Hamilton argues, not necessarily for the strongest military, but at least one that can defend itself, and that isn't bullied. As the Obama administration has presided over the decline of our military, and shifted that money over to social justice causes, we have seen the increased hostility and contempt that other nations hold us in. Putin, in Russia. The Chinese snubbing Obama on the tarmac, Duterte in the Phillipines calling him a "Son of a Whore." Can anyone imagine the President of a third world ally of the United States saying something like that to Reagan?
Hamilton goes on:
"It would be in the power of the maritime nations, availing themselves of our universal impotence, to prescribe the conditions of our political existence; and as they have a common interest in being our carriers, and still more in preventing us from becoming theirs, they would, in all probability, combine to embarrass our navigation in such a manner, as would in effect destroy it, and confine us to a PASSIVE COMMERCE. We should thus be compelled to content ourselves with the first price of our commodities, and to see the profits of our trade snatched from us, to enrich our enemies and persecutors."
And now we see China in the East, and the Russians in the West, acting more aggressively by asking to refuel in NATO ports (soon these will be demands), or building artificial islands in the South China Sea to stake claims on previously unoccupied sea lanes. And the Panama Canal is long gone. Even America's control of the internet was ceded to the globalists. The aggressive actions by rivals were not countered by the United States, and will result in a progressive rollback of maritime power that had defined and strengthened our economic interests in the 20th century. The loss of internet control will result in a subsequent loss of cyber economic power in the 21st, thus confining us to a PASSIVE COMMERCE, that is, one where the market is dictated to us.