the times, like the leaves, are a changing

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mr. Adams was right!

Words more true now than ever...

“America goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benign' sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.”

—John Quincy Adams, US House, 7/4/1821

1 comment:

  1. Although we're in different times now, Mr. Adams continues to be right to this day.

    Simply put...tend to and protect your own shop and leave others to theirs.

    Diplomacy and defense!