It is almost embarrassing to say that we are right on foreign affairs because we are right on everything else. It nevertheless has to be said, because it is true. We are right on foreign affairs because the behavior of our rulers abroad is a logical and inevitable extension of their behavior at home. Having correctly diagnosed them as a cabal of Gnostic ideologues hell-bent on destroying all real communities in America, on eradicating the remnants of its faith, tradition, and culture in the name of abstract concepts invoked to justify totalitarian control, of course we know what they are up to beyond these shores. They want total control and unlimited power, at home and therefore abroad.

In the seamless straitjacket that is being tailored for us inside the Beltway, there is no real distinction between “foreign” and “domestic” policy. All remnants of self-government at home, and national sovereignty abroad, are to be subjugated to the Supreme Good of “democracy,” “universal human rights,” and “free trade.” The new tyranny relies on quasi-moral language: After the decline of higher cynicism in the name of Progress, we now witness its ascent in the name of Human Rights. Those who deny any substance to this nation—outside the realm of abstract “isms,” that is—will naturally seek to undermine and destroy all other real nations, which are but “artificial and temporary social arrangements,” according to Strobe Talbott. Spontaneously, organically evolved communities—with their shared memories and ancestors, beliefs and songs—are verboten at home; likewise they have to be replaced with some monstrous mini-proposition abroad, such as Dayton-Bosnia.

Domestic proponents of “diversity,” who are in fact promoting a deadly monism, will inevitably seek obliteration of the ethnic identity of peoples abroad. Those ready to kill scores of American children at Waco in the name of saving them will not blink an eye at bombing, starving, freezing, and otherwise dispatching untold thousands of others in Belgrade or Baghdad. Those who have replaced the original res publica with an imperial presidency at home cannot but seek an empire abroad.

Because we know the cost of the new tyranny at home, we are aware of the price of the empire abroad. The pursuit of global power for its own sake is the denial of America’s original principles and a cruel travesty of its authentic political culture. It is also the path of ruin that winds from the Persian King of Kings to Napoleon and Hitler, and America will be just as surely destroyed if its rulers are allowed to carry on like this.

Our diagnosis is right, at home and therefore abroad. The therapy demands radical surgery at home if a durable and secure peace, and relations based on mutual respect rather than fear, are to be effected abroad. Unless the people of this country win it back for the sake of their families, their neighborhoods, their schools, and their eroded liberties, the world will never be safe from America.