No to War with Libya!

By David McKalip, M.D.

These remarks were delivered to the Save America Foundation Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday, March 19, 2011.

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens,), the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.

“Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European Ambition, Rivalship, Interest, Humour or Caprice?”

These famous words of George Washington’s Farewell Message to America strike us today with remarkable precision and force. Our First President warned us against foreign influence and foreign entanglements — yet Americans have forgotten that message.

We have allowed ourselves to be stationed in military bases all over the world. We have endless entanglements dating back decades. We are in crushing debt in part because of it and seem to be in a state of perpetual war.

As Sun Tzu warned: “There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.”

The security of our nation is threatened by this debt we now owe to foreigners. Our children now face what was warned against in the farewell address of President Dwight D. Eisenhower:

    “We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without asking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

This was as he warned us of two dangers to society: control of America by a “military industrial complex” and of public policy being held captive by a “Scientific and technological elite”. He warned

    “The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded.”

Yet here we stand.

– a bankrupt America with our children losing political and spiritual heritage to foreign entities.

-subject to the whims of a United Nations Security Council that appears to regard the U.S. Military as its personal ready response police force.

-Captive to a scientific and technological elite that control our domestic and foreign policy agenda.

-a deeply entrenched military industrial complex that is endangering our liberties and our democracy.

– A series of Presidents that have committed to unconstitutional acts of war in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and now Libya.

– A Congress that disregards its responsibility to the nation to declare war rarely and soberly — recognizing the deep financial impact on our citizens, dangers to our country and the many losses of liberty by individual Americans that accompany such a declaration.

Our founders established in the very constitution –the bedrock of our country — that only Congress should declare war. But now this is seen as anachronistic, inconvenient and somehow trite.

Well, here is something that our founders knew that our elected leaders have forgotten: Entering into War is supposed to be inconvenient. It is supposed to be difficult. It should require national unity and a solid economic footing. It should consider the actual effect on Americans and the real American interests at stake.

No such declaration will be forthcoming. America fired its first missiles (114) at air defense system in Libya today (3/19/2011) — an act of war at the behest of an unelected, unaccountable council of 15 leaders of mostly foreign governments. People who do not have the consent of the governed in America. Made of many foreign entities who seek an end to America and who are delighting in the continued over-extension of our country — at its continued descent into endless debt as its currency becomes even more worthless. An act of war by an America with an overextended military, currency in danger of collapse. A risky action in a powder-keg of a region that threatens to evolve into the first stop in a new world war.

How can this be stopped? What should we do? Do we wait for our politicians to do the right thing on their own? If so, we will wait a long time.

We are blessed now to live in a time of Miracles. A time when Americans are rising up in the millions to say no to an oversized government with domestic policies that are a danger to their liberties and to the political and spiritual heritage of our children. It is now time for these same millions to recognize that our government over decades has made similar and even more serious errors in its foreign policy.

With the hostile actions of U.S. Military forces today, the President is now required under the War Powers Resolution of 1973 to report to Congress within 48 hours of this action. The Congress has 60 days to authorize continued military action.

It is time for the Tea Party and all Americans to tell our Congressman to vote no! No more wars of selection. No more wasted taxpayer dollars on foreign misadventures. No more blood of good American men and women spilled on foreign soil. No more foreign entanglements and call to action by an unelected United Nations that is not accountable to the American people. Talk about a foreign entanglement!

Over the next several days, there is likely to be launched an advocacy campaign among many tea party groups in Florida demanding that congress vote no on authorizing military force. I ask you to go to a website and sign up for an email action alert and be prepared to respond. I ask you to go to and register. That is Get your members to go there. Get them to call their Congressmen and women and tell them: use all resources at your disposal to stop military action by the U.S. in Libya. Launch similar campaign by your tea party groups around the country and by any group that recognizes this to be an unwise act — a dangerous act for the security of America.

Many of the congressmen and Senators sent to Washington by the Tea Party are engaging in uninformed saber rattling. They are being drawn in by the power circles of Washington. They are being persuaded by foreign powers that we must get further entangled and must expend our treasure and our lives abroad.

It is time for Congress to tell the President to return American Military forces home. Close our foreign bases. End our military action. Grow Strong again America and then we will have true national security and no country or entity will lightly threaten the United States Again. They will remember these words from George Washington’s Farewell Address.

If we remain one People, under an efficient government, the period is not far off, when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or War, as our interest guided by justice shall Counsel.”

Copyright © 2011 David McKalip




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