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Melvin R. Welch             Mark S. Sanquist          Christopher T. Wolff            Marina Wolff

Chairman                             Secretary                         Chief Whip                        Chancellor

November 15, 2023

Location: Burger Moe’s, St. Paul

America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   —John Quincy Adams

WE HAVE A FIGHTING INTEREST IN DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA, but only a rooting interest in democracy elsewhere in the world. With our outstanding national debt, we should be cutting spending, not engaging in expensive wars that don’t affect us. Ukraine is not the only country to have fought wars to break away from an empire, or to avoid being conquered by an expanding empire. We can sympathize with the plight the Ukrainians face without bankrupting our country on their behalf.

Worse still, Sleepy Creepy Joe wants to fund both sides of the war in the mid-East. He has asked for military aid for Israel and Ukraine, and for $9.15 billion for “humanitarian” aid for Hamas, Ukraine, and Israel to be allocated to each group on his whim (FYI: 10% of that is $915,000,000). Wars have a way of expanding. Let’s Go Brandon is projecting weakness, drawing “red lines in the sand” for Iran, and backing them up as much as Obama did. The war between Iran and Israel has already expanded to Iran targeting our ships and bases. We cannot fiddle around the edges of war for very long before being drawn into active fighting. Which countries will we have to fight? Just Iran? Both Iran and Russia? What if China invades Taiwan; will we have a three-front war?

ON THE OTHER HAND, wars aren’t the only way our interests can be attacked. Iran wants to rule a re-created Caliphate, Russia wants to rebuild the Soviet Union’s empire, and China wants to rule the world. All of those, and more, would like to reduce or eliminate our influence in the world. If we voluntarily withdraw from the world, it will encourage our enemies and speed the day that the BRICS countries are placing sanctions on us. We don’t have the option to shelter-in-place; we have been given the same choice as Neville Chamberlain once faced we must choose between war and dishonor. He chose dishonor, and he got war. Let us learn from his mistake, and not repeat it.

THE CHAIRMAN, our “big guy,” upset that he still hasn’t received his 10%, has called for a debate:

RESOLVED: America cannot and should not fund wars abroad.

The debate will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at Burger Moe’s, 242 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102.  The Chancellor and Chairman encourage people to arrive before 7 o’clock p.m. and to thank our host venue by spending money while partaking of food and drink. The debate will begin at half past seven.  Gentlemen who wish to speak must wear a tie, and ladies are asked to uphold a similar sartorial standard. For gentlemen arriving sans tie yet wishing to discourse on the resolution, the Purveyor of Ties will have on hand several from his remarkable collection. Questions regarding caucus procedures or about the John Adams Society may be directed to the Chairman at (612) 741-3272 or the Secretary at (651) 552-8744.