This is an observation by my friend Robert Andrews, from his blog Two Edges of the Sword two edges: “Based on God’s model in the Bible for civil government- the Hebrew Republic in the Bible – is open borders, free trade, open everything! Government has nothing to say about trade. Everyone in the world is free to come and enjoy the blessings of God poured out on America – with this minor caveat: Everyone must be a practicing, Bible believing Christian to be a citizen. This means true diversity in every external characteristic but complete unity of faith.
“No matter one’s faith, he can live here as a “sojourner” or “stranger,” accepted and honored, but not voting. Also, as with citizens, no welfare, there is no government assistance of any kind. This is beyond the scope of government, which is only to punish law breakers and protect law keepers. The sojourner has only the freedom to do as he pleases within the laws of the country, even not be a Christian if he so desires – just no voting. Picture that! I have written a short book proposing that for America, what changes that would necessitate, what the nation would look like, and how it could happen, based the biblical model – Let Earth Receive Her King.
“However, we are far from His revealed will today. One of the two legitimate, biblical uses of God’s law is as a mirror to show us how we are failing to keep it and to bring us to repentance. This is living ‘by faith,’ but until we arrive at faith, the law’s second legitimate use is as a fence to hold us in place ‘before faith comes’ (Galatians 3:23). This is where we are as a nation today: “Before faith comes,” and the Lord answers the prayer He called us to pray that His kingdom come His will be done on the earth. Until that day when our country follows the biblical pattern we will need fences – tariffs, protectionism, etc.”
The following excerpt comes from Pat Buchanan: This free trade, open borders cult first flowered in 18th-century Britain. The St. Paul of this post-Christian faith was Richard Cobden. “I look farther; I see in the Free Trade principle which shall act on the moral world as the principle of gravitation in the universe — drawing men together, thrusting aside the antagonisms of race, and creed, and language, and uniting us in the bonds of eternal peace.” Britain converted to this utopian faith and threw open her markets to the world. Across the Atlantic, however, another system, that would be known as the “American System,” had been embraced.
The second bill signed by President Washington was the Tariff Act of 1789. Said the Founding Father of his country in his first address to Congress: “A free people … should promote such manufactures as tend to make them independent on others for essential, particularly military supplies.” This was wisdom born of experience. At Yorktown, Americans had to rely on French muskets and ships to win their independence. They were determined to erect a system that would end our reliance on Europe for the necessities of our national life, and establish new bonds of mutual dependency — among Americans. Britain’s folly became manifest in World War I, as a self-reliant America stayed out, while selling to an import-dependent England the food, supplies and arms she needed to survive but could not produce.
America’s own first major steps toward free trade, open borders and globalism came with JFK’s Trade Expansion Act and LBJ’s Immigration Act of 1965. By the end of the Cold War, however, a reaction had set in, and a great awakening begun. The new resistance of Western man to the globalist agenda is now everywhere manifest. We see it in Trump’s hostility to NAFTA, his tariffs, his border wall. We see it in England’s declaration of independence from the EU in Brexit. We see it in the political triumphs of Polish, Hungarian and Czech nationalists, in anti-EU parties rising across Europe, in the secessionist movements in Scotland and Catalonia and Ukraine, and in the admiration for Russian nationalist Vladimir Putin.
Europeans have begun to see themselves as indigenous peoples whose Old Continent is mortally imperiled by the hundreds of millions of invaders wading across the Med and desperate to come and occupy their homelands. Who owns the future? Who will decide the fate of the West? The problem of the internationalists is that the vision they have on offer — a world of free trade, open borders and global government — are constructs of the mind that do not engage the heart. Men will fight for family, faith and country. But how many will lay down their lives for pluralism and diversity? Who will fight and die for the Eurozone and EU?
THE PRINCIPLE OF ECONOMIC “SELF-SUFFICIENCY”, THAT SENTENCE IN BOLD PRINT, IS THE CRUX OF THE MATTER. IT WAS THE PRINCIPLE THAT ENABLED THE NEHEMIAH-LED TO REBUILD JERUSALEM WHILE HOLDING OFF THE PAGAN HORDES WHO WOULD UNDERMINE THEIR WORK. IT IS THE PRINCIPLE, TRANSLATED INTO INDIVIDUAL RATHER THAN COMMUNITY FARMS, THAT ENABLED THE PLYMOUTH COLONY TO SURVIVE RATHER THAN STARVE. “OPEN BORDERS, FREE TRADE” IS THE DREAM OF SOCIALISM. NO THANKS.