The Quaker Card

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The “Quaker card” was recently played against me again. Although I am a Baptist, I would gladly accept a hand full of Quaker cards–it beats a hand of aggression, torture, intervention, death, and destruction.

Here is Thomas Jefferson’s “Quaker” foreign policy:

Peace has been our principle, peace is our interest, and peace has saved to the world this only plant of free and rational government now existing in it. However, therefore, we may have been reproached for pursuing our Quaker system, time will affix the stamp of wisdom on it, and the happiness and prosperity of our citizens will attest its merit. And this, I believe, is the only legitimate object of government, and the first duty of governors, and not the slaughter of men and devastation of the countries placed under their care, in pursuit of a fantastic honor, unallied to virtue or happiness; or in gratification of the angry passions, or the pride of administrators, excited by personal incidents, in which their citizens have no concern.

8:54 pm on May 12, 2009