Sunday, January 21, 2007

American Empire

There are those people like Dick Cheney who want to dominate the world and its resources for their own benefit and comfort, who do it in the mistaken notion that this serves America best, that our way of life requires that protection. This from the self styled feckless punditry described "Daddy" party types. Yet I reject that notion for many reasons.

America does not want to rule the world, we never have, and that was not what led to the foundation of this nation by those revolutionary rebels of 1776. And not these supposed ones, not even these discussed by Joe Trippi, although I must note this part of his discussion: (as always, my highlights thruout)

Gary Hart, ... wrote that to Thomas Jefferson “The most effective protection of individual rights, civil, legal, and political was widespread democratic participation in the affairs of governance. The greatest danger to rights was citizen detachment and in the political resolution of public concerns by interested forces dominating a remote central government.”

The Republicans have diagnosed the problem of a remote central government in Washington and rallied against it— offering no real alternative other than to dismantle it.

Even on our own continent we claimed concern for those outside our boundaries, as evidenced by this ordinance which said:

The utmost good faith shall always be observed towards the Indians; their lands and property shall never be taken from them without their consent; and in their property, rights, and liberty they shall never be invaded or disturbed, unless in just and lawful wars authorized by Congress; but laws founded in justice and humanity shall, from time to time be made, for preventing wrongs being done to them, and for preserving peace and friendship with them.

The application of which fell tragically and shamefully far short, and I blame those who did not respect the law and the founding principles of the nation for much of that, plus ignorance and bigotry of course.

And I can't leave that ordinance without noting this:

Art. 2. The inhabitants of the said territory shall always be entitled to the benefits of the writ of habeas corpus,

Read the histories about WWI or WWII, read what the men on the ground would say, it becomes redily apparent that they're there to help, esp II, but that these fights are not really their business, and best left behind as soon as possible. Except for Japan because of their attack on Pearl.

No, I reject the greed and cowardice of Dick Cheney and, quoting Carlos Fuentes, "Junior, a totally clueless man, a ventriloquist's dummy" who believe America so weak and fragile and vulnerable that her only salvation is to establish this garbage as our founding principles:

The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire. The history of this century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership.

Our aim is to remind Americans of these lessons and to draw their consequences for today. Here are four consequences:

• we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future;
• we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values;
• we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad;
• we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.

We want to keep on keepin on, to live and let live, and enjoy the fruits of our labor, enjoy our families, our National Parks, our hobbies and passions. Yet the government we have today doesn't believe that, is threatened by such notions, scared that, basically, the American People aren't up to the challenges of the global economy, that we're weak and soft. They protect us from ourselves, which I always thought was the charge against the "Mommy Party" yet assumed by the "Daddy Party," and I have to think it's really only a reflection oftheir own insecurity and inadequecy, and I am sick of this country being run by a bunch of gutless cowards, and I welcome all the suffering and slings and arrows they suffer at the hands of bloggers and Democrats in Congress.

It's time for a change in America. The People need to regain their Sovereignty. Marches start on Jan 27th in a place near you. Check it out.

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