Senator Robert Taft from Ohio served from 1939 until his death in 1953. He was known as “Mr. Republican” and was a powerful voice against the militaristic foreign policy that took over America (and that is sadly still with us today).
What words would Taft have for our current president?
Let’s start with Taft’s opposition to the war in Korea:
“My conclusion, therefore, is that in the case of Korea, where a war was already under way, we had no right to send troops to a nation, with whom we had no treaty, to defend it against attack by another nation, no matter how unprincipled that aggression might be, unless the whole matter was submitted to Congress and a declaration of war or some other direct authority obtained.”
“I have never felt that we should send American soldiers to the Continent of Asia, which, of course, included China proper and Indo-China, simply because we are so outnumbered in fighting a land war on the Continent of Asia that it would bring about complete exhaustion even if we were able to win.”
In fact, Taft’s campaign manager was modern-day billionaire Warren Buffett’s father — Howard Buffet.
Howard Buffett also warned:
“Even if it were desirable, America is not strong enough to police the world by military force. If that attempt is made, the blessings of liberty will be replaced by coercion and tyranny at home.
The truth is that no nation can be constantly prepared to undertake a full-scale war at any moment and still hope to maintain any other purposes in which people are interested and for which nations are founded.
Echoing Howard Buffet, Senator Taft concurred that this must lead to tyranny at home.
In the first place, it requires a complete surrender of liberty and turning over to the central government of power to control in detail the lives of the people and all their activities.
Taft would be saddened (but not surprised) that by 2017, Americans would live in a total surveillance state.
Heroic individuals like Edward Snowden, and organizations like Wikileaks continue to spill the beans on the electronic prison that has be erected.
As the federal government seeks to punish those who tell the truth to American citizens, Taft had this to say:
Criticism in a time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government.
Would Trump even listen?