Noah for President!
Seriously, I find your comments very well researched, Noah, and I would agree with you. They are kind of utopian; but why not! Our foreign policy is primarily what has brought terroists to us. Years and years of butting into places where we shouldn't have made us a lot of enemies....and the reasons for the butting in. Geez, if it had only been to distribute aid, that would have been fine. But no, we had to try and change whole cultures. It is not our responsibility to change the world; it is our business to be responsible for ourselves. I think WE have been overlooked. When I hear of people still living in tents in Biloxi and bodies still not discovered in New Orleans, it sickens me to think of what this war in Iraq has cost this nation.
As a birth-right Quaker myself (as well as many other things, lol), I find myself very aggrieved that our children are growing up as either well-synthesized little business people, warriors, or just plain criminals (I know there are exceptions, of course, I am speaking in terms of the majority). No wonder there are events such as Colombine.
The culture in the U.S. which used to be one of the finest places in the world to get an education is now being assaulted full front and center. When our children grow up with no culture (unless they're of a privelged class and can afford private school), then the whole nation loses. Where will the diplomats of the future come from and what will they know besides how to lie? Where will the Condi Rice's come from or the Rumi's? They will only come from the privileged. This used to be a nation where anyone could grow up to become President....that ended about a century ago, but there was still the dream. What is happening to the dreams of children today? They dream of so little.
In my view, the Best Teacher I've ever been acquainted with, once said something like, and I paraphrase: pluck the moot out of your own eye first, before you pluck it out of your neighbor's.
Okay, it's too late to do that, the damage being already done, but can't we start working on our own eyes a little bit? There are serious domestic problems here. We have controlled news, communicaiton is under surveillance, there are many homeless, there are many jobless, there are many emotionally unstable, there are many loney, there are many just looking for some kind of future....and there just doesn't seem to be much of a future for many. Shall I go on? Don't we have enough problems to solve ourself that we need to borrow more trouble?
One must ask themselves, what is the true motivation behind our international policy. It certainly seems one of economic convenience to me and protecting what we perceive as vital raw material, strategic and economic interests....oh yeah, we have China to worry about there. Why can't we fix ourself first?
Just blowing off steam, folks. I apologize if anyone takes offense.
The truth is that we only know what we are permitted to know. That is pretty much the way it has always been done by the aristocracy. So, I vote for looking after ourselves and our families and our fellow American citizens, and definitely will not be pleased when the current administration moves on into Iran or Syria next...or, who knows, maybe China's on the back burner, too.
As to Viet Nam.....you talk to any vet who was there for any length of time and really saw combat and they will most likely tell you that war is not the answer. ) 'Course my 16-year-old son would disagree, saying "War is nature's way of keeping down the population just like floods, famine, pestilence, etc." And, guess where he learned that thinking!--right here in Bush country Houston public school. Hopefully, this is just his youth speaking, too. I'm telling you, the culture, the only culture that we can boast now in this country is A Culture of Desensitization. !!!!
Kacy, if you read this thread, I hope you know I totally agree with you and you have the right to say what you believe, as I do, as long as we don't step on the rights of others. I do not believe you stepped on anyone's rights by expressing your own thoughts.
I do not intend to post anything else to this thread, Noah, but I will probably follow it. I hope it stays on top for awhile because so many people are blind to what is going on. Even if Bush (and his administration) were legitimately trying to do the right thing (which I personally question but do understand other's perception), it has set unusal precident and prepared the stage for a dictatorial government....that is what is so dangerous that most people just don't get! There needs to be accountability this time!!!!
[This message has been edited by iliana (12-20-2005 02:43 AM).]