Political Isolationist, Such was J. Reuben Clark and the US Founders

The great J. Reuben Clark, sticking to the Monroe Doctrine, which Joseph Fielding Smith said was the “greatest fortification in America” and the “inspiration of the Almighty” delivers this potent viewpoint, magnificently on par with Ron Paul.  The vicious MoneyTrust, bought up calumny all throughout the United States in the days of J. Reuben Clark and tried endlessly, to great success, in demeaning those holding to the Founders Foreign policy with words such as “isolationist” which became seen as negative.

US Senator Robert Taft—who J. Reuben Clark and currently Ron Paul today champion—was in alignment with that US Founder’s foreign policy of non-interventionism.  Robert Taft was geared up to take the nomination for the Republican party in 1952, but massive moneychanger control and manipulation at the convention got Eisenhower the spot instead.  (Ezra Taft Benson, who served as Eisenhower’s Secretary of Agriculture, when asked to serve in that position, upfront told “Ike” that he had not supported nor voted for him, a fact he felt should be disclosed at the outset before accepting a position in the Cabinet.)

In a political sense, the United States should be nothing more than isolationist—politically isolated, friends with all, entangling alliances with none—which would entail bringing the troops home from abroad and shutting down the empire, disbanding the meddling CIA that interferes in the internal affairs of other nations.  The United States, must return to the counsel given by Thomas Jefferson: “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.”

Latter-day saints who cherish liberty, certainly love J. Reuben Clark and what he taught and stood for, though admittedly, he was rejected by many foolish LDS folks who sought rather to embrace “scheming leaders” who brought them into war and sent their sons to their death in the pacific:

It is time we returned to the political faith and work of the Fathers. It is indispensable that we do so if we are to have peace. I believe in the old faith and the old works, under which we had so much of peace. I am a political isolationist in the full sense of the term and am not fearful in declaring it.

I am a political Isolationist because:

I fully believe in the wisdom of the course defined by Washington, Jefferson, and other ancient statesmen. The whole history of America before and since the Revolution proves the truthfulness of their assertions. All during our pre-Revolutionary history we were at war, we were robbed, plundered, and massacred because of European wars, in the issues and causes of which we had no concern. History is repeating itself.

I believe American manhood is too valuable to be sacrificed on soil for foreign issues and causes.

I believe that permanent peace will never come into the world from the muzzle of a gun. Guns and bayonets will, in the future as in the past, bring truces, long or short, but never peace that endures.

I believe President Wilson had the true principle when he spoke of the strength and power of the moral force of the world. Moral force in a nation fructifies industry, thrift, good will, neighborliness, the friendly intercourse of nations, the peace that all men seek; whereas force is barren.

I believe America’s role in the world is not one of force, but is of that same peaceful intent and action that has characterized the history of the country from its birth till the last third of a century.

I believe that moral force is far more potent than physical force in international relations.

I believe that America should again turn to the promotion of the peaceful adjustment of international disputes, which will help us regain the measureless moral force we once possessed, to the regeneration and salvation of the world. We now speak with the strong arm of physical force only; we have no moral force left.

I believe we should once more turn our brains and our resources to the problem, not of killing men, women, and children, combatant and noncombatant, but of bringing to them more of good living and high thinking.

I believe the political isolation will bring to us the greatest happiness and prosperity, the greatest temporal achievement not only, but the highest intellectual and spiritual achievement also, the greatest power for good, the strongest force for peace, the greatest blessing to the world.” (J Reuben Clark, Church News, November 22, 1947)


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