Why The Neutralist? The term Isolationist implies a narrow Fortress America outlook and is used as an epithet. The term Neutralist does not indicate someone hiding out from the world. No one calls the Swiss isolationists. The Wilsonian world view is old, tired and wrong. Our interventions have been less and less successful and now the failure can no longer be covered up.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Another Chickenhawk

So I start up the family car and the radio has been left on by another fam member. They have a proclivity for C & W. Now, I am not a fan, but there is the odd song that the toe will tap to. Unfortunately, the song that came on was not one.

It was the lyrics that were listened to. The song was An American Soldier by Toby Keith. One line sings is "I am an American Soldier." Well, Toby isn't and never was. His soldier personna claims to be fighting for freedom. The poor lads who are in Iraq or Afpak have my sympathy, but they are not fighting for the freedom of their countrymen and women. It is absurd to suggest it. Not when they and the wife and kids can be genitally felt up at airports.

Mr. Keith appears to have a cottage industry on patriotic songs. Maybe he believes what he is singing. Maybe he donates every cent of profit to veterans groups. If he does not the conclusion as to what he is is obvious.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Petition

Reader and commenter Bailey has suggested the drafting of a petition with a clearly defined statement, purpose, and an outline of pros and cons. The role of neutrality needs to be solidified in its scope so that the people will understand that we shall still be a strong nation; however, a nation that only defends. Bailey also suggests that To appeal to the masses, we must show how beneficial neutrality can be to the well-being of our country. We must also determine what will be argued against neutrality and prepare rebuttal that will defuse their arguments.

So what does himself, the Neutralist, think about the proposal? A reasoned, logical petition should not be hard to draw up, especially as it is our belief here at Neutralist GHQ that neutralism is obviously inherently reasonable and logical. Once finished, Bailey would be willing to take it around in his home state.

I am touched by his willingness to do his part. I think a petition, well crafted, could not hurt. Unfortunately, Bailey is my only soldier. Considering the reaction to the Neutralist blog, the whelming has been under. As my what is to be expected screed to the right puts it,

What is to be expected from the Neutralist? Unfortunately, not much. There are think tanks galore in this country for all shades of thought, but, so far, neutralism is an orphan with only one known supporter. The concept is tied up with the I word, Isolationism. To get noticed and be taken seriously will be next to impossible.

Sadly, I have met all my expectations. There have been a few who have encouraged me, but only a tiny few. Moi, I have hardly been stalwart. My name, while not a complete pseudonym, has been crafted to protect my privacy. So what is the purpose. Just to bring about awareness. so tell your friends and neighbors. Heck, submit articles, links, etc.

I hate the terms like viral, but a groundswell would be nice. I admit to wishing for what I wished to happen, also to the right,

What is hoped? That the idea of neutralism will be noticed and that the concept of Wilsonian Internationalism will be seen as the failure it is. That at least a core group will form that will support the idea and spread it in blogs, articles and conversation.

What I am truly hoping with all my heart is to avert disaster. You see, neutralism of a form is coming anyway. Conservatives don't get it. They are only hoping for an end to the current loser wars (that would be all of them). They don't have an aversion to interventionism per se. So we might get, under current conditions, a partial withdrawl and new wars can await a better day. The other scenario would be some form of Dien Bien Phu. After that debacle, we were available to pick up the French pieces. If we have a DBP, our lads may never make it out.

Maybe we shall always be strong enough to avoid that. I would be more confident if we were a rich country. We are not and we'll be neutral be cause, sooner or later, we won't be strong.

Anyway, thanks Bailey. Hopeless as it seems, I still hope.