Monthly Archives: April 2009

George Washington on Entangling Alliances

…a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill will, and a deposition to retaliate in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld.

“Farewell Address”

James Madison on War

Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded…. In war…the discretionary power of the executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds are added to those of subduing the force of the people…. No nation can preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare…. War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement.

“Political Observations”
April 20, 1795

Recent Praise for the Vermont Independence Movement

Thomas J. DiLorenzo

“Citizens of every state should learn about the Second Vermont Republic which, for several years now, has been laying the groundwork for Vermont to secede and once again become a free and independent republic, just as all the states thought of themselves as being prior to 1865.”

“The Rush Towards Socialism –
and How To Stop It”

Bernie Quigley

“The idea of Vermont secession has now entered phase two of its life cycle; the world of institutionalizers and acculturators, the people of cash and luxury, of beauty, taste and goodness. The heroic sea captain Capt. Phillips aside, these are the peple whom the outside press seeks out and listens to when it imagines Vermont. And as in the day of the Nearings, those so inclined will also find their way here.”

“The idea of secession is now fashionably hip. It is now acceptable to a wide swath; the avante garde of the middle class (20 percent, they say up here), as gay marriage was hip 20 years ago and smoking reefer was when it left the bohemian cellar club for the strip malls and suburbs, the corporate wives’ luncheons and the dusty stairwells of federal buildings 40 years ago.”

“Sex, Drugs, and Secession in Vermont”
The Hill’s Pundit Blog