The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome, welcome. Welcome, Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report.
Hey, we’re still celebrating the Monroe Doctrine, the Monroe Doctrine, the extraordinary foreign policy Achievement and the and I gotta tell you, there is something about the modern experience of how media works and how ideas travel, you know. You listen on The Pro America Report, maybe you listen on the radio in San Diego in Saint Louis, where we’re on, or the podcast or the stand alone link. Or, you know, I I try to work hard to be on X in a big way and other social media and maybe that’s where you hear it. And maybe it’s your on the e-mail list I got a substack, proamericareport.com so the Pro Amerca Report has got this ability. I’ve seen it. I was listening to a podcast of a of a couple of people that I know follow me and they were talking about the Narrative Machine. You might heard that before. I’ve been using it for years.
Narrative machine. Big, big government. Big media, big tech. I use it just that way. By the way, I. Did add a fourth one too. It’s a. 4 It’s a 4 legged stool. Of the narrative machine. Actually, it’s a big, big government, big media, big tech. And big business, it’s a factor big factor anyway.
But I hear these, I hear these these things spread. Well earlier in the week that we’ve been talking about the Monroe Doctrine and I’ve been doing multiple segments on it. Interviews. There was a hearing of the House Affairs Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman McCaul brought up the Monroe Doctrine. And talked about the bicentennial of the Monroe Doctrine, now maybe his staff is on top of it. Maybe.
But I can tell you about four hours before that hearing, I made an appearance on Bannon’s War Room. Steve Bannon’s war room, and Steve and I talked for 15 or 20 minutes about the Monroe Doctrine, and I got more attention. I don’t know if you watch the the War Room or listen to it, a lot. A lot of people do. I do as regularly as I can on, my one thing with Steve. They create so much content, it’s so much, it’s almost like a a fire hose and you gotta find your way to the pieces that you. You you know. You’re kind of interested in or working on. But be that as it may.
The people that listen and follow and watch, they pay attention and in the swamp. Which Steve’s War Room headquarters is in the swamp. It’s a few blocks from the Capitol. And. And I’ll tell you, the swamp staff, people that work in these offices, they watch this, Republicans, obviously conservatives. America first. People not. Not the Democrat I know. Maybe the Democrats do too. But anyway, so I was not surprised to see Congressman, Chairman McCaul, bring up the Monroe Doctrine. Not at all. And I’m not taking total credit, but I’m just saying nobody else is. As far as I can tell, it was hammering away on the celebration bicentennial of the Monroe Doctrine that is happening that is happening on December 2nd 2023 on Saturday and so I’m glad people did it. Now a couple of things.
One, we did have a celebration in the swamp over at the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles headquarters in Washington, DC It’s also up on Capitol Hill, kind of behind the Supreme Court. Also not not very far from the Bannon War Room headquarters. And we had a great group of people. Came to celebrate and we had a Toast to the Monroe Doctrine to James Monroe to John Quincy Adams Adams. We had senior folks with the Trump campaign, senior folks in the House and Senate, senior folks in, I guess you’d say public policy. Let me see about judiciary. Do we have any clerks? I guess we have one clerk. So it was a great gathering, informal in the sense that there wasn’t a formal program because, you know. In that kind of setting up on that in that. Neck of the. Woods people drop by. They come in for a few minutes and they can only. Stay for half an Hour and so we started about 11:30 and went until 2:00.
Oh, by the way, another footnote here talking about the Monroe Doctrine all Week and I get a call from Iowa Friend of mine who runs a radio station out there. He says. Hey, we haven’t had you on in a few months. Can you come on and talk Monroe Doctrine, I said you bet. Giddy up. That’s what we’re doing.
So anyway, we had this great event, great celebration, and we were reminded by the Trump campaign guy, that Trump in September of 2017 went to the UN and in the in front of the UN said yeah, look five or six years ago when when maybe been four years. Before that, I guess the the dates I got to think about the dates for a second when John Kerry, as Secretary of State, said the Monroe Doctrine is dead. Yeah, he didn’t know what he was talking about it. It’s totally alive. It’s invigorated. Its validity is is as strong as it ever was. And so we were reminded of that. So. Great speech. It’s great speech at the UN because it’s it’s the first time President Trump went to the UN. Since when he for President and it’s a very good speech, very hard hitting and and important. But the Monroe Doctrine was right at the center of it. Right At the center. Of it.
Oh, I I almost forgot. The President of the James Monroe Foundation, Bill Thomas, came up from Richmond. Bill Thomas has been a chairman, I think, for 10 years of the James Monroe Foundation, which has been instrumental in raising the money to completely rehab and and build out the James Monroe birthplace, which is down about an hour and a half South of Fredericksburg, and sort of about probably an hour and a half from Richmond. Also Bill Thomas is an attorney who served in the Republican administrations and he’s he’s been a a presence in the Virginia political scene. For a long time, and in policy too. But he’s been heading up so he came. So we had the actual James Monroe Foundation president at our celebration and part of it, which was extraordinary and exciting. And he included us in to some events that will be upcoming next year, which we’ll talk about. And he and I agreed we’re gonna do more even than we’ve done in the past to highlight James Monroe, his life and his legacy. And what he did. So that was Very cool so.
Here’s how I want to sort of finish the week as we’re celebrating the Bicentennial. You know, as I started talking about this, I had more and more people come forward and talk about aspects of the Monroe Doctrine. For example, Colonel John Mills, the retired Colonel from the army who who served at the highest levels of intelligence before he retired and and wrote a couple of books, really important books. On what’s going on, he has a a substack and his sub stack is on the precisely but let me see. It’s Colonel, it’s ColonelRETJohn. It’s the sub stack and I’ll put it up on social media, but he his the title of it is is. If you like the the Ukraine war, you’re gonna love this one. And he’s talking about Venezuela and Guyana in the South. In South America, and he opens up with this, the failure of enforcing the Monroe Doctrine is coming home to roost, Ed Martin of the Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund, convened a timely gathering and and appeared on the war room. And he goes into this and he. Basically says Venezuela. Is acting as a proxy for the Communist Chinese and trying to get their foot foot into neighboring Guyana and he goes into this long article.
My point is this, the the Monroe Doctrine. When you understand the and I’m going to just hammer this down to three aspects for simplicity because I’ve been talking about it so much this week and. Doing short radio interviews.
One, the objection of the Monroe Doctrine is foreign powers coming into our hemisphere because their system is incompatible with ours. So we don’t really have a problem with the French Government buying some real estate they they’re not incompatible with our existence. They don’t have a. A strategy stated. That they’re going to come and take Over America, you know, so that that’s why it’s the system, the systems, the two systems like the best examples. Are, the one system is Communist China, that they’re they, they are incompatible with America, succeeding America thriving and the other is jihadist Islam. And that if you want to object to the border crisis for only one reason, they have to say that that someone you know holds a gun to your head says what? What’s the one reason the border it should be. That we’re introducing some really bad dudes, or we have the likelihood we are. And and the reports are that we are. Todd Bensman, the Center for Immigration Studies says, and wrote a book on that. So that’s number one. It’s about a system that comes into our hemisphere and threaten us
#2 it’s not. We’re not going to engage in other people’s business unless our own interests are impacted. That’s an important part of the Monroe Doctrine. James Monroe was sort of. Saying to Europe and to Russia, hey, we don’t get into your fights unless it impacts our interests or menaces our interests. Use that word. So there’s a limiting factor in this. That is a sort of America first, but putting our Interests first, we will and we may have to Fight a war, a World War. We may have to get Drawn into it, but until when you, you you we’re not gonna just be involved in everything. It’s a powerful thing.
And the third thing is this is it’s relevant today. It’s relevant today. It’s a matter of building the frame with those two principles. The two aspects of the frame and then applying it to not rejecting it as antiquated. Historical stuff. The current woke Marxist, you know, hateful, evil anti, you know anti Christian anti religion, atheist groups, people that are trying to do they want to take away history and they want to say if you invoke history and learn from it there’s something Wrong with you. You should be focused On what you. Know and how you feel and what’s a. Ohh, these are stored that,
No, it’s a framework that can be bolstering for us, sort of like a exoskeletal system and it can teach us. We can understand the Cuban missile crisis. We can understand the early 20th century concerns about the Bolsheviks and and concerns about the being before the Soviet Union had had had really become clear. And so we have to do the same thing now and we have to be creative about understanding the principles, the history, how it works. Fearless about that truth. And then apply it to things like TikTok. We have to apply it to things like the Panama Canal. Look, look, we gave the Panama Canal back to Panama and they sold it off to the highest bidder, mostly China. And we have to figure out how our principles apply to this problem because it’s a major problem. So, happy bicentennial. To the Great Monroe Doctrine, thank you for celebrating.