Imperialistic? The United States?

I just finished a wonderful book by Andrew Bacevich titled, “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism.”

Now that title might not ‘grab you,’ but the contents are definitely thought-provoking.

One of the points of the book that stood out to me was how the United States is fast becoming an imperialistic nation. (Imperialism: A policy of extending the power and dominion of a nation over the political or economic life of other nations.)

Our leaders increasingly believe it is the duty of the United States to reshape the entire world (most particularly the Middle East) into America’s image. That is, they are convinced that all would benefit if the ‘American Way of Life’ were in place.

This is not a new idea. It has been in place for quite some time. Since 9/11, however, it has gained impetus and resulted in our country facing a never-ending war.

In fact, whether you are aware of this or not, this is the whole idea behind the “global war on terror.” It is, at its core, an ultimatum to the rest of the world … you are either with us or against us.

The current President made the statement that he wants to “rid the world of evil” (emphasis mine). Of course, none of us wants evil to triumph. But waging a war that has no end to try and manipulate through force the people of other countries (in particular, a billion or more Muslims) to embrace our way of life is absurd … and incredibly dangerous for the young men and women who are called upon to enforce this concept. As Bacevich so aptly points out, “Our ability to influence perceptions and attitudes across the Islamic world will remain limited.”

I find this type of thinking to be identical to the ill-conceived viewpoint of Fundamentalist Christians, i.e., our way is the only way. (In fact, it is also the thinking of the fundamentalist faction of the Muslim religion.)

Certainly, as U.S. residents, we believe we have the best country in the world and we deeply appreciate the freedoms that are allowed to us. But to insist that every country in the world should embrace the American way of living is foolhardy, particularly when war is used as the causation.

Sarah Palin as President??

If you think Sarah Palin is a good choice for the Vice-Presidential position because:

  1. She’s a woman
  2. She’s a “soccer/hockey mom”
  3. She is someone you can “relate to”
  4. She has an engaging personality
  5. She has poise in front of an audience
  6. She’s pretty
  7. She has “confidence and readiness” (her words)

Please remember your reasons if John McCain is elected as President and, for whatever reason, Sarah Palin must suddenly take over the job of running this country (which includes the economic crises, as well as the war).

Abortion and the Impaired Fetus

We are all individuals. I am not you, you are not me. How I live my life is my choice. If I make the wrong choices for my life, I am the one who will pay the consequences. You may offer guidance and suggestions along the way, but the final decision for the choices I make is mine.

Having said this, it is my firm belief that if a woman chooses to have an abortion, for whatever reason, NO ONE (least of all the Government) has the right to tell her she can’t.

Conservatives (mostly the religious right) wring their hands and moan because the courts have declared that abortion is a legal right. They believe it is morally wrong to extinguish the life of an unborn fetus.

While I support ‘life,’ I more strongly support CHOICE.

I’ve been acquainted with women who have chosen abortion and believe me, it is not an easy decision — nor is it made in haste. And many suffer for a long time afterwards. BUT … it was still their choice.

Many have praised the current Vice-Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, for continuing her pregnancy even though she knew the unborn child was afflicted with Downs Syndrome.

This is all well and good, but WHAT IF every women who discovered she was carrying an impaired child was required by law to abort that child?

It could happen. Our planet is straining even now to sustain the existing population. If it continues to grow, there could come a day when ‘the government’ decides that only healthy, blemish-free newborns should be allowed to survive.

So you see — it works both ways.

Simply put — abortion is now, and should remain, a matter of CHOICE.