The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Great to be together and we’ve got some ground to cover. It’s still Monroe Doctrine week, Monroe Doctrine week. We’re still talking about the Monroe Doctrine. How important it is, what is happening. And I want you to be encouraged. On Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, it will be the 200th anniversary of the Monroe Doctrine. I hope you get a chance to celebrate. I hope you have a chance to to gather with your loved ones and and get a cake or something like that and go ahead and celebrate. And here’s the thing. Remember, the Monroe Doctrine is as valid today as it has as it is at any time in history. I was looking at some of the references. One of the fears back in the time of Monroe was the way that the European mercantile system, the way they were moving forward. We had a property rights based system. We didn’t want to have other systems come over and cause problems and including Things like monarchies where we have a Republic, but also the mercantile system. And so that was one of the factors we did not want European mercantilism control of the markets in a particular way to dominate and to take away from what we were doing. So that was the the one of the reasons that the that the Monroe Doctrine was promulgated when you look back at why John Quincy Adams, who was then Secretary of State and of course, President Monroe, why they were doing what they were doing.
There was one aspect of it that’s sort of famous now. There was a debate amongst the powers that be whether it should be a joint statement. Not just an American statement, but also the British, the British. You know, we they were our close. They were our adversary in the war, but they were our, you know, close relative in terms of trade and in terms of language obviously. And so there was this idea that people said hey, maybe should be a joint Statement with the British Foreign Minister at the time, who was named George Canning. And and he had already said that they should do some sort of statement. In fact, there’s British historians who say George Canning was the one who really came up with the idea and should be given more credit for it. But he was suggesting that the Americans that both the nations say we want no interference in Central and South America. But it was John Quincy Adams who said, you know, why would we go bilateral? This is about each of the nation’s sovereignty. Each nation who’s saying, hey, we have a, we don’t want our sphere of influence infiltrated and impacted. And so this is how we’re gonna do it. So a great history there. Alright.
One aspect of this that I want to highlight and it’s very important. The aspect is this that in the actual text of the Document, in the words of the of the Monroe Doctrine, the, the, the, the, the, the, the message to Congress that Monroe sent over his 7th state of the Union address. I don’t think they used it as the term as the state of the Union, but it was a text that they sent. He sent over to the Senate and the House. It was not a A delivered speech. It was something he sent over, but in the in the text of the Monroe Doctrine speech in the state of the Union speech, he referred to the fact that we did not Get involved in the business of European, of the European powers and he was very clear in describing that, you know, we we have lots of commercial intercourse with other nations. We want that. We obviously want that in a big way, but that we left you each of the nations and Europe to itself, we did not Get involved in the wars that were there and there would have been invitations for wars and think about this. We America’s independence in large part American independence was the one of the big factors was the fact that the French finally came in to do a a blockade. That the French and so now we’re, you know, that’s that’s 17 late 1770s and now what? 35, 45 years later we’re we’re having this experience where the Americans are saying and the American government saying look we have not been we’ve been they tried to pull us into these wars we have not been pulled into the wars we have not picked sides we have not thought it was in our best interest to do anything in those European nations, in fact, because we’re focused on our own interest on the interest of our people that that is the overriding force in this time and that is why we’re saying stay out of our neck of the woods. But we’re also saying to you we’re we’re staying out of your neck of the woods. We’re we’re we’re not coming into Europe and trying to now, obviously kind of easier, right? We didn’t we didn’t see Europe, as a particularly beneficial place to try to fight wars and gain lands. We were, our nation was growing in the in the 20 years after 1804, which was the when the the Louisiana Purchase was finalized 18, 1804, you had vast expansion of America right towards the West and we didn’t need it. We would never think of, we weren’t worried about trying to expand in other parts of the world. This wasn’t. We weren’t. Our mindset was on what we had, where we were, and it was in part because we were insulated by the two oceans. As we’ve talked about before, so.
My point is, the Monroe Doctrine was very clear that we do not want to be there. Here’s the language, exact language in the wars of the European powers in in matters relating to themselves, we have never taken any part, nor does it comport with our policy So to do. So let me say that again, the Citizens United States cherish sentiments, cherish sentiments. The most friendly in favor of liberty and happiness of their fellow men on that side of the Atlantic – Europe. And then it says in the wars of the European powers and matters related to themselves, we’ve never taken any part, nor does it comport with our policy So to do. And here is the the, the, the kind of phrase, the sentence that hammers it home because I’m going to tell you this Monroe Doctrine and its validity is all about putting American interest first, having a sense of your own citizens well-being before other people. Here’s what the Monroe Doctrine.
It is only when our rights are invaded or seriously menaced that we resent injuries or make preparation for our defense. You see that?
If you’re a, if you’re a jerk and you’re not nice to your neighbors in Europe, Monroe is saying, well, we don’t like it, but we only get ramped up for our defense when it impacts our rights or we’re seriously menaced And injured.
So right after that, by the way, is the next line that’s so, so powerful with the movements in this hemisphere, we are of necessity more immediately connected and by causes which must be obvious to all enlightened and impartial observers. In other words, we’re not getting involved in Europe. That’s your business. We’re not getting involved in Europe, that’s your business.
But when it comes to what’s happening in our hemisphere, that’s our business because we’re impacted, not because we care, not because we care necessarily about Latin America, although we might, that’s not the reason. The reason is because our rights, our prosperity, our possibilities of success are impacted now at that time in history. It was even more it was more important. Than it is even today than who your neighbors were and what was happening in the in the neighboring nations.
But you can make a pretty good argument today That the sovereignty of America with an open border on the South or even an open border on the. North but or an Immigration system that is not a system, but it’s just an open border. Is a major threat. In fact, you could make the argument That if if the Immigration policy of the southern border was being directed by foreign nations. In other words, if you could prove that the cartels were controlled by China, and there’s some evidence that the cartels make a lot of money off of fentanyl. Then you could say, Oh yeah, OK, we can’t have these foreign powers in our backyard. And I think we would be right to do that. In fact, if you want me to, to, to finish this, we’ve got just a couple minutes left.
The Monroe Doctrine Is the origins of America First that we put our peoples interest, we put our nation’s interest first. We, doesn’t mean we don’t have affection for, even value other the other nations interests, but they’re secondary to ours. And insofar as someone says, fight another war in Europe. No thanks. Unless it impacts our rights or causes serious injuries to us, then we would prepare for our defense. And if the cartels are being controlled and subsidized and funded by the Communist Chinese regime, which is there’s indications to think so, then we ought to take them down. As a matter matter of national security, not just as a matter of policy preference. As a matter of national security of our defense, because the we, the preparations of our defense begin according to the Monroe Doctrine when We haven’t seen our rights impacted or we’re seriously. Seriously injured. Seriously menaced is the word.
So the Monroe Doctrine, it’s the origins of America first, and it’s the reason why we should have a secure border.
The Monroe Doctrine, the reason John Kerry, Secretary of State under Obama and Obama wanted to put it to bed, is because the globalists want you to be a citizen of the world, and all citizens of the world are worthy of our defense and Monroe Doctrine and Every conservative I know says, We gotta put American first.
All right, so we got to run, we’ve got to take a break. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report, back in a moment.