And yet somehow Asian nations prosper.
In the U.S., why is this so?
Because 25-30% of the population will find arguments of something being "anti-god", irrational and a sign of religious fundamentalism. If you want to promote understanding for your position, that might not be a good foundation to have a discussion on.
There is no higher authority than God and no higher law than the bible. America can only prosper if returns to be a Christian society in unity with God.
They are not America and they are not sharing American values. Wealth is one thing, moral superiority is another and America is only great because of the morals that made the country great.
There is nothing that gives the US moral high ground outside of being white.
Well it saved the world from Fascism, Japanese Imperialism, and international Communism. So there is that.
The Americans are a great beacon for the future of humanity. They are a multicultural state, and considering the melting pod, what they have produced from that is impressive. Its the protoype of what the future will inevitably be for all of us. Despite the problems surrounding the Trump Presidency, its notable what is not happening.
1 There is no civil war. People are talking about it, but nobody is doing it. In fact, nobody is even preparing for one. The South prepared for years before they kicked off the American civil war. Nobody is now.
2 There are no assassinations. OK, perhaps the secret service can take part of the credit for this, but nobody it seems is even willing to try executing their political leaders.
3 There is stability. America is, despite the political roller coaster right, still making economic progress. Highly partial it seems to me, but hey, the economy is heading in the right direction. I dont believe it has much to do with Trump, which to me suggests the fundamentals of the American economy, not relying on political input, are good ones.
Compare and contrast with China, where Hong Kong is ripping itself to shreds, to Russia, where political debate is suppressed, or in its worst moments, murdered, then I would say America has a lot to celebrate. Things still have not reached the nadir they did in the 1970's, when you were militarily weak, politically weak, economically weak. Only one of those would seem to be true. As long as the other two pillars are strong, America will at length sort itself out. If it sorted itself out from the Civil War, and the 1970's, then It will this time too. And if the 70's are any guide, be better for the experience.
If there is anything in LD's comments I agree with, id say the US is disenfranchising its voters. I dont think its the political system that is causing this, I think its the 2 party system, and the deliberate attempt to make binary choices on things that defy them, like civil rights, or regional development, or the myriad of other issues. Its not the political system that is the problem here, is the lobbying and the party system that is at fault. Which is remarkably close to the same problems I believe we have, though at least having a third party does go some way to give us alternatives.
Stuart, thank you for this post and I'll give my reply regarding your last paragraph. See my replies to Der Zeitgeist regarding our voting system and the European voting system. For further elaboration once said Presidential, Senate and House candidates are in office, their ideas tend to reach a compromise during negotiations between the three previously mentioned groups. Hence the saying "Sausages and laws are made in the same way."
Through the decades the Democratic Party has turned a most horrible shade of red. Some people say this started when the 1968 democratic convention protests occurred. I believe this had alot to do with this and the final straw the Democratic Party voter did against the blue-collar worker -- imo -- was when Dick Gephardt gave up in the 1988 Democratic Primary which was won by Bill Clinton.
Again, just my opinion, but I believe the Republican Party became more conservative (not near enough though) when Reagan was elected in 1981 as a reaction to the Democratic Party's wretched turn to the left. The Democratic Party continues to turn more left while the Republican Party continue to just idle in more-or-less conservative neutral. The conservative voters however, began to make themselves heard when the Obama began his gross socialist trend. Beginning with the glorious TEA Party, these truly great American people turned the House, then the Senate Republican. Unfortunately the 2016 Republican President candidates, except one, would not get in the trenches and fight against the evil power the left was accumulating and which the growing conservative base wanted. Trump was fairly elected President, something the whores of liberalism cannot except, hence the charade of this "inquiry into the impeachment" of Trump.
Stuart, there you have it. A completely unbiased , and accurate and brief synopsis of the two U.S. political parties since the 1960's
No problem Rick.
Up until Trump, it did, I dont disagree. The Republicans didnt move on foreign policy from Reagan through to Obama. Not one jot. Since Trump we have had,
1 Questioning of NATO's relevance in a world self evidently going down the toilet.
2 Questioning the value of allies, after said allies expended immeasurable lives and treasure at US request in the war on terror.
3 Questioning of whether we as democracies have the right to stand by fellow democracies, and treating tyranical regimes as if they are just fellow partners to be dealt with.
4 Praising the Chinese Communist party, and considering the participation in the Russian May day parade.
5 Actually doubting the world of a British PM that Russia was behind the attack on Salisbury, and not even being very private about his concerns.
Now, I know Trump gets a lot of flak, and perhaps I go too far. But whatever the flaws in Reagan, he would be absolutely appalled to see 30 years down the line a Republican president doing one of thse. All 5? Completely contrary to where the Republicans were, and to a very large extent have been ever since Eisenhower. This is a complete sea change, to the point when im seeing Republicans beginning to wonder what party they are in.
I can be honest and say, as far as foreign policy is concerned, I was appalled by Obama's boneheadedness. Ill be no apologist for his mistakes, which were many To my mind, with the Obama example in mind, Trump is far more a Democrat President than Republican one. This is the Obama doctrine doubled down on.
Edited by Stuart Galbraith, Today, 08:25 AM.