Jefferson & Washington- Washington Surrounded Himself with men of unlike -mind -to further debate and bring to bear the best of the new nation - which one might humbly suggest, good management was the reason that the U.S.got off the ground and in approximately 100 years became the rival of the world in economics,opportunity and rising individuals to a level of prosperity never seen since. image first peace dot It has happened before and was bound to happen again – previous to WWII, and after struggling for years economically, the vast majority of U.S. Citizens preferred not to engage in any wars or conflicts. In fact, up until the Japanese’s bombed Pearl Harbor, did the public get on board? Today, with similar economics in play, the majority of Americans, according to Pew Research See the U.S. Power Declining as support for “global engagements “slip, for the first time in over 40 year, the public sees less intervention. (Pew) To be fair this is a political poll based upon the current administrations overall job approval, as well as their foreign policy which is brought to bear when concluding that the public is displeased with the policy, rather than war weary. That said, wither or not one feels that the President or his administration is not doing a stellar job vis a vis foreign policy maneuvers, then that does not overall, take away from a gut decision to prefer not to enter any conflicts period.
This is, historically, one of those periods where the general public, and perhaps some leadership of like mind, (the honorable Jr. Senator from Kentucky for example) would before to build from within rather than use the military to intervene in global conflicts. These cycles began with the First President, George Washington, who felt it better for the fledgling U.S. to take more reasonable approach to building first, before becoming involved in conflicts that would drain the economy and the young army. He suggested a twenty year hiatus on any involvement that did not directly affect or attack U.S. sovereign soil.
Granted we do have a global economy, and must as citizens of the larger world have interaction to insure that all continues to run smoothly, however, as a rule, that would apply to economics and a “Mind you own business” approach to anything further, specifically military. The Military should be used to protect the U.S. soil, and only when the U.S. is attacked should the Government respond. It is one of the few jobs laid out in the Law of the Land – or the Constitution, that is specific tot eh Federal Government, the others being to maintain common currency, and to provide for roads and such structures as necessary. One might find the government today, would make the founders weep.
The perfect scenario would be that the Federal Government ran exactly to the Constitution where the people mattered more than the next election or what cash could be found to line one’s pockets further – it is the great divide now, between the Federal government and The American People, so evident that may have further lent to the poll results.
A non-interventionist policy is extremely appealing, especially when combined with a smaller federal government, allowing the states to prosper as they should, instituting term limits for Congress would be more beneficial, as well as lengthening the time the Congressional Rep would serve, equal to that of a Senator – two terms each, at 4 years per term would give ample time to legislate, perform one’s service to the nation, and go back to the law firm, doctors’ office, or farm.
The Government at work
Washington’s first act was to surround himself with able men, who should be his advisers. He chose for his cabinet four men. Two of when were heartily in favor of the Constitution, and two had been opposed to it. The Secretary of State was Thomas Jefferson and the attorney general was Edmund Randolph. Both of these men had preferred a confederation of the Sates to a strong union.
(This is from the book: A Short History of the United States by Horace E Scudder written in 1890 from Cambridge. It is recommended that this particular book in its original form be introduced as a class on American History, up to the Reconstruction – for what it tells, in a story designed to interest those students how might not otherwise care for history, to enjoy and find a love for the subject.
What the above illustrates is that, regardless of the time, from the very beginning to present, there were men who agreed and disagreed, hwoever, in the past it was such that money and power did not get in the way of what was a reasonable debate over the best interest of the nation.)
Ironically, as Jefferson was a states’ rights man and is the found of the Democrat Party, it is interesting to note that the limited federal government founder of a political party would be considered a “tea Party terrorist today.