"Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto"
"I deem [one of] the essential principles of our government [to be] peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none."
How much do you agree with these basic statements?
Personally, I'd love to see Canada pull out of NATO, NORAD, and other alliances and just focus instead on friendly relations, very much as the US Founding Fathers had suggested.
More recent quotes on Neutrality from the US include this from Truman:
"We must make the United Nations continue to work, and to be a going concern, to see that difficulties between nations may be settled just as we settle difficulties between States here in the United States. When Kansas and Colorado fall out over the waters in the Arkansas River, they don't go to war over it, they go to the Supreme Court of the United States, and the matter is settled in a just and honorable way. There is not a difficulty in the whole world that cannot be settled in exactly the same way in a world court."
This is not unique to US history either though, as exemplified by Lord Tennyson in the following quote from his poem Locksley Hall, written in 1835:
Would a neutral foreign policy be a wise idea, or is it preferable for Canada to take sides by joining in alliances?