The noted Political Philosopher Dr. Russell Kirk wrote a book called The Roots of American Order (1974). Dr. Kirk espoused the belief that a safe and stable “Societal-Order” precedes a society’s or a nation’s ability to grow, expand, or to produce cultural innovation.
Dr. Kirk was described as a “Paleo-Conservative”; Mr. Kirk was an exponent of the type of political conservatism espoused by the former British Statesman Edmund Burke.
Mr. Kirk was one of the original contributors to the magazine entitled “National Review”’ this magazine was founded by the late William F. Buckley, Jr.
In the Roots of American Order, Dr. Kirk proclaimed that before there can be a stable economic, political, or social environment that there must first be safe and secure political and social institutions which allow people to feel a sense of peace and well-being.
How do we maintain and promote domestic and international order?
Mr. Kirk and Mr. Buckley both put forth the axiom that if a nation desired to stay free that they must prepare for war and be ready to meet dire threats head on without being unnecessarily bellicose.
The events on the world scene are both troubling and frightening.
Recently the international terrorist group the Islamic States of Iran and Syria (ISIS) ruthlessly murdered (beheaded!) a journalist named James Foley; his crime: he simply reported on world events transpiring in the Middle East.
ISIS is committed to exporting their unique form of murder, extortion, and fear worldwide.
The existential question is this: What should the family of nations – especially the democratic governments of Europe and America – do in response to ISIS’ malicious and heinous activities?
Should the United States seek to exterminate and root out this form of terrorism at its source?
Should the United States and the democratic governments of the world form a Confederacy and share Intelligence reports and resources in an endeavor to treat terrorists in a similar manner to how governments worked against Pirates in the late 18th century and in the early decades of the 19th century? This approach took decades to bear fruit, but eventually it worked.
Finally, should the United States adopt an “isolationist posture” and simply play “defense” and attempt to protect the home front and quietly withdraw from the International Scene
King Solomon wrote nearly 3,000 years ago in the book of Ecclesiastes that “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3.1).
Prayers, Entreaties, and well wishes should go out to President Barack Obama and to the members of Congress who analyze intelligence reports and who must work together with formulating a coherent foreign policy response which is adequate to the grave and perilous events that have overtaken us.
Students of the Presidency inform us that the decisions that a President makes not only shape the immediate environment, but the policies put forth by the Executive branch help to determine the nation’s ability to adequately respond to external and internal threats in the future.
Let us pray that the men and women at Foggy Bottom (the State Department); the Pentagon (Department of Defense) and Homeland Security give the President the intelligence reports that he and his staff will need to successfully navigate our nation into a tumultuous future.
Let us pray that the President’s mettle, temperament, and conceptual outlook will lead him to make wise and prudent decisions that best protect our nation – and inspire free democracies to stand firm against terrorism.
This is a time for sober, deliberate, and thoughtful responses which are equivalent to the severe nature of the worldwide terrorism that seeks to bring about chaos and disorder.
Let us look deep down within ourselves to see if we are willing to fight for our families, our lives, and our sacred honor and for the freedoms that we enjoy in the United States of America.