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Jacksonian Foreign Policy and the NSA

Posted in uncategorized by Eugene Podrazik on April 18, 2014

Americans recoil at war since it is a disruption of the basics of the rule of law.  The killing of other human beings on split second decisions, under the extreme pressure that the slightest hesitation may mean that your life may be forfeit instead.  Which brings up the fundamental need to fight a war physically separated from our homeland.  To take the fight to the enemy.  To destroy the enemy on his own territory.  And, to destroy the enemy so he will not rise up against you again.

This is the Jacksonian world view.  A very practical and realistic world view despite the derision from the elites that subscribe to other schools of thought, particularly Wilsonian.

The Jacksonian distrust of outsiders is born of a fundamental fact that those insiders may not or choose not to understand or work under the same organizational and governmental assumptions that are yours.  Particularly, in the realm of the individual, his rights and prerogatives.  Parliamentary institutions work well in the Anglosphere; under the assumption of certain limitations of power and the importance of guarding individual rights against mob rule.  Under the assumption that parliamentary representation’s fundamental purpose is to create a governing institution that will enhance and protect the individual’s rights.

The United Nations has become mob rule; tyranny of the majority.  An assembly dominated by totalitarian and authoritarian nations who send representatives that have absolutely no accountability to the people of their respective nations.  And, as such, these international organizations are now lush tyrant country clubs.  Largely financed by our tax dollars.

While the Wilsonians choose to apply force after a very exacting set of rules, the Jacksonians will pursue a threat and destroy on the basis of its immediate malign intent.  If a thug kicks in your door and is in the process of advancing upon you and your family with a six-inch hunting knife, you don’t start reciting his Miranda rights.  Rather, you cover the threat with your Glock and pull the trigger.   The Jacksonians do so because those outside our Western Civilization do not accept or respect those aspects natural law, natural rights and Constitutional restraint.  Moreover, in part since the Jacksonians (aka flyover country) will bear the brunt of the carnage, the fight will be an intense all-in affair with the specific intent to permanently render the enemy incapable of ever rising again.

War is not a casual decision.  It is why Jacksonians will fight a war only if necessary.  It is a frightful expenditure of blood and treasure.  But, one engaged, it is to be fought in a manner to achieve its goals with maximal economy with respect to the lives of our countrymen.

So, while Jacksonians are content to live and let live, if  attacked, the Jacksonians will track you down, take the war to you,  kill you and destroy your base of operations.  As we did to Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

Which brings us to why, in light of NSA bulk collection of data, we have to abandon the Wilsonian world view for the Jacksonian one.  By depending on the approval of legal structure, particularly international ones that thereby encroach on our sovereignty.  We become involve in a defensive war.  The enemy’s base of operations is largely intact.  Initiative goes to the enemy to pick the time and place of attack.  The enemy has an opportunity to infiltrate behind our lines by building mosques and the like on our territory.  The enemy has the opportunity to exploit those very Wilsonian international institutions to their advantage and our disadvantage–law-fare.

And, in such a defensive war, you fight among your own citizens and invite collateral damage in your own country and to your own people.  That collateral damage also includes the Bill of Rights, in this case the Fourth Amendment.  These will be protracted, divisive and debilitating wars far beyond the controversies of fighting in a foreign land.  Conversely, if we identify the enemy and clearly demarcate homeland from enemy territory, we can greatly diminish that damage to our rights and citizens.

Those that choose to live here and benefit in a manner they could have never done in the ‘old country,’ need to clearly demonstrate that change.  To embrace American and to resign that former identity; as our Founding Fathers, by signing the Declaration of Independence, did when they took on the mantle of American and resigned completely their identity as European.  In particular, to embrace the primacy of the individual, the centerpiece of the amalgam of Judeo-Christian, Greco-Roman tradition that we call Western Civilization.  The US Constitution and Bill of Rights simply will not work outside that fundamental paradigm.

This is to be distinct and separate from what other civilizational philosophies that may exist.  Preferably, far from our shores.  And, so, when the need arises.  When that other philosophy or totalitarian impulse decides to threaten and attack our freedoms, we can, with this demarkation, take the battle to those enemies, on their lands and into their cities.  Thereby sparing our citizens the damage and indignity of having the rights secured by our Constitution and Bill of Rights compromised.  The enemy is over there and we are here.  The NSA can now collect data to its heart’s content over there because it’s now mostly over there.

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