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Today, what you need to know well, what you need to know today, it’s James Monroe’s birthday, the celebration of James Monroe’s birthday. Now last Saturday I went down from my home in Northern Virginia. I went down to Southern Virginia, south and east of Fredericksburg to the birthplace of James Monroe. There’s a home there. And it is a restored residence of the Monroe family where James Monroe was born and spent the first years of his life. It has been lovingly restored by my friend, the late Helen Marie Taylor, who passed away just the last few months, and Bill Thomas, her great friend. They all did that. It’s extraordinary, the event on Saturday had a couple of hundred people there was wreath laying ceremonies to celebrate and commemorate the birthday. It was really cool. It was really well done. Well, same thing is happening today at the Hollywood Cemetery down in Richmond where Monroe is buried. And I’ve been for years now. And it is an extraordinary burial site. It’s got around it this kind of structure that’s stone and it’s just gorgeous. And that is a very historic Cemetery. And so it is on this date in 1758 that James Monroe was born.
Now think about that, 1758. So by the time you get to 1776, he’s only 18 years old. And he was the youngest founding father. In fact, when he was serving as President, the fifth President, all the other founders were long gone. And there he was. So he was 18 years old. He ends up in the army. He fought in the wars, wounded, fought with Washington, amazing career in life, involved in the Louisiana Purchase, one of the largest moments, one of the biggest moments in American history. And then as President, he ushered in this so called era of good feeling, of a golden age, they called it, because everybody was sort of getting along. I think he ran his second time unopposed. So he was an extraordinary guy. But and it’s a celebration of his birthday. April 28, 1758, was his birthday.
But I keep pointing people to a different achievement of his life.
And that is the articulation of the so called Monroe Doctrine, which happened in the first few days of December in 1823. So in 1823, Monroe is in his second term as President, and he goes up to Congress to give them an update. It wasn’t quite the State of the Union address like it is today, but as it may, he did go up to the capital and it was a two hour address. And within that, he spoke about this doctrine which came to be known as the Monroe Doctrine, which basically said, look, we’ve been at this as a nation since 1776. It’s now 1823. I’m President Monroe. We’ve had these wars, the War of 1812, we’ve fought these battles, and here’s what we’re doing.
We’re shutting off our hemisphere from you coming in and colonizing and bringing your foreign systems. That’s the phrase. He used, the word. He used systems into our land. And he was particularly actually talking about the West Coast, talking about European and Russian settlers and ideas of colonizing. And he said it’s shut off. And from 1823, all the way down through the next 100 years, especially. But after that, all the way through to today, the question of the validity, the continuing validity of the Monroe Doctrine, it’s as important as ever in understanding why he did it. In his explanation, he talked about how we couldn’t have foreign systems that would corrupt ours. Think about that. Think about that. When you realize that the Chinese regime in the Western Hemisphere has been spending trillions of dollars, not billions, but trillions of dollars rebuilding roads and airports and satellite systems, all these things happening in our backyard. And they’re completely the system of governing and functioning is different than ours.
Mostly easy way to describe it is corrupt, right? Theirs is corrupt. Ours is not.
So that’s what Monroe did.
And in the last about 30 years, the continuing validity of the Monroe Doctrine has been reinforced in the platform of the Republican Party and also discussed more readily. So as you have a desire for world order and for new world order and world sovereignty, and yet then you have someone who said a doctrine that says, no, in terms of intrusions into our hemisphere, you can’t come into our hemisphere and colonize and transform it. A direct conflict at least or most maybe and certainly indirect in terms of worldview.
But what I would tell you is when we’re watching a war in Afghanistan that we withdrew from so terribly a war in the Ukraine where we have a President of the United States, who is willing to announce that he wants more billions, 33 more billion announced today to send to Ukraine to buy weapons, American weapons and fight with Russia. If you’re the Russians, you’re starting to say frequently it looks like America is in the war and none of us in America asked for that, by the way. And so we have a sloppiness at the top, in my opinion, that is putting us in a position where we’re going to be drawn into World War III and so what is the Monroe Doctrine? Right?
How does the Monroe Doctrine, the idea match up with NATO? Match up with, well, what Russia thinks of NATO and more importantly, and this is where I turned to the segment earlier in this week we had Brandon Weichert on the show and Brandon Weichert, he tweets at @WeTheBrandon on Twitter. Great prolific tweeter and when you read him what you come away saying is the place where we better lay a stake and make sure that the systems that are antithetical to our nation, Communist Chinese others don’t get control of the place is not Europe, it’s not Ukraine, it’s not even Latin America or South America. It’s space.
The Monroe Doctrine of space is what we need. We need to reinforce the continuing validity of the Monroe Doctrine and understand how it fits together with America First. Basically what Monroe also said was not basically explicit. He said we don’t mess with the affairs in Europe. You guys figure it out amongst yourselves. If you want democracy or not, that’s up to you guys. If you want monarchies or not, that’s up to you guys. We’re not going to get involved. Now a couple of, 130 years later, 121 years later we did get involved in Europe to go and fight the Nazis but the point in Monroe’s description was as to your affairs you pick what you want for your system of governing and your system of government and your system of laws and that’s part of the Monroe Doctrine. The Monroe Doctrine basically says I’m not going to go try to tell you that you should have regime change and put in a Liberal democracy. That’s not my role that’s the Monroe Doctrine. Sounds a lot like America First. We need to rediscover that part of it too to understand the worldview. The worldview is not that we hope you pick a system in your home nation that exploits people, mistreats people and is dishonest. We’re not asking that, we’re not encouraging that. We’re saying we’re not going to get involved because we know the limits of our sovereignty. And so should you, when it comes to America. Well, transfer that to space.
There’s no part of space that is not compromising for America’s sovereignty, meaning we have to be willing to have military superiority in space. And when we have military superiority, we have to have our leaders and ourselves be like we’ve always been, which is we don’t build empires, we don’t seize lands. And you can argue about the cultural influence of America and the economic influence is fine, but in a broad and fair way, you can say America has never used its power to dominate the world like it could, because we have had a system of governing, House and Senate and the executive and the judiciary and federalism that has kept us from that.
But right now, we have to have an understanding that military superiority in space is necessary to protect our sovereignty, and to be totally candid, superiority, military superiority success for America and Ukraine doesn’t affect our national sovereignty the way space does.
So we’ve got our eye off of the prize we’ve got our eye off of the ball that we should be hitting. To mix my metaphors what you need to know is that the Monroe Doctrine is instinct so American towards American sovereignty and national sovereignty and respect for other nations, their choices. And also confidence in our own system. Our choice.
That’s what we have to rediscover and continue to promote the validity of that Monroe Doctrine and then we have to have the courage to expand it to space and understand how it fits together in the question of keeping our nation secure. Because if you listen to The @WeTheBrandon’s interview, BrandonWeichert’s interview with me from a few days ago, you can find it at ProAmericaReport.com.
You’ll hear him say in the first hours of a world war nothing will happen on Earth. The Communist regime in China, maybe the Russians will take out satellites, we’ll wipe out communications, cripple aspects of our economy and our lives because that’s where space. That’s what space is. That’s what you need to know. We got to get focused on the right things so we’ll take a break, everybody. We’ll come back. We’ve got, as I mentioned, these great guests and a lot more. Please visit ProAmericaReport.com and do me a favor if you’re on Twitter, and if you’re not get on Twitter and then follow me @EagleEdMartin, share, like, pass it on @EagleEdMartin.
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