Not Pelosi, But Franklin, and Franklin Roosevelt's PresidencyBy Dennis Speed
International observers noted that at the end of her kamikaze visit to Taiwan, Nancy Pelosi, in her farewell speech, mis-quoted Benjamin Franklin‘s famous adage: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty, nor safety. “
Pelosi actually only recited the standard “mafia protection racket” advice to Taiwan that was once offered to terrified store owners in the 1920s on the lower East Side of New York; she invoked Franklin’s name to state the exact opposite of what he said.
Gesturing “for clarity,” Pelosi intoned, “Benjamin Franklin, our presidency, said: Freedom and democracy, freedom and democracy are one thing; security (is over) here. We can’t have either, if we don’t have both. So security, economics… Security, economy, again they’re all… And governance. They’re all related.”
Today’s Manhattan town meeting will begin with a video excerpt from Lyndon LaRouche’s 1988 “Food For Peace” presentation that offers stark contrast to Pelosi’s bankrupt idea of the Presidency, of power, and of the relations between nations.
LaRouche, writing about “The Foreign Policy of the United States Toward Asia, and By What Means It Might Be Transformed,” observed that “It is not uncommon that states should be devoutly committed to foreign policies directly contrary to their own best interests.” A new security architecture, based on a shared commitment to the joint production and use, worldwide, of nuclear and other energy-dense technologies, ensuring the sustained delivery of clean water, abundant food, and adequate medical care and housing to the 2-3 billion people in need—not war—is the only policy-basis upon which sane relations between the United States and China, and the United States and Russia could ever be renewed. Speakers include Bill Jones and Carl Osgood of Executive Intelligence Review.