March 25, 2013 Is the Monroe Doctrine still significant? Think of our country as a brick, our founding fathers as bricklayers, and our governmental documents as the cement. A bricklayer has to make the cement to lie between the bricks so they will stay together. In other words, our founding fathers held our country, or the bricks, by documents, the cement. To me one of the most important documents is the Monroe Doctrine. It still has a humongous impact on our society today. But what exactly is this great document? On December 2, 1823 the Monroe Doctrine was founded by President James Monroe during his seventh annual State of the Union Address. It was created to keep Foreign powers out of the new world. Charles Francis Adams explains the Monroe Doctrine in The Monroe Doctrine and Mommen’s law:
The American continents, by the free and Independent condition which they have assumed and maintain are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by European powers... We should consider any attempt on their part to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety. With our existing colonies or dependencies of any European power, we have not interfered and shall not interfere. But with the governments who have declared their independence we have on great consideration, and on just principles, acknowledge, we could not view any interposition for the purpose of oppressing them, or controlling, in any European power, in any other light than as manifestation of an unfriendly disposition towards the United States.
The Monroe Doctrine was written to protect us. We knew that we did not have a strong enough army to defend our selves so we had to make an agreement with the other countries to tell them to stay out of the Americas. The Monroe Doctrine told other countries to stay out of the Americas and we will stay out of Europe. Some people
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