An American Contradiction: Democracy for Us, Not for Others (Part 5)

Futurist

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As my enormous amount of well-researched examples demonstrates, the United States often does not follow what it advocates in regards to democracy, human rights, and international law. While claiming to represent fairness, justice, and freedom, the actions of the United States often represent none of these things. It is unfortunate that as with many other things, there is a huge contradiction and amount of hypocrisy in regards to the United States. Hopefully the United States will eventually learn to be more consistent in its views and actions and to follow the same rules and standards which it expects many other countries to follow. The United States can only become a better nation in regards to this once it acknowledges, learns from, and repents for its mistakes and atrocious behavior in foreign affairs. The United States of America is certainly extremely capable of becoming an ideal country, but there is a huge amount of work which it needs to do before it comes anywhere near this point. Hopefully the United States will eventually reduce and end its hypocrisy and double-standards in foreign affairs and truly practice the noble ideas which it advocates. Huge changes in U.S. foreign policy are eventually possible, similar at how U.S. domestic policy significantly changed over the last century. As with U.S. domestic policy changes, however, there needs to be huge movements pushing for change in U.S. foreign policy, and alas, such movements probably do not exist yet.




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Hopefully the United States will eventually learn to be more consistent in its views and actions and to follow the same rules and standards which it expects many other countries to follow.
My first concern is with formulations such as this, since the term "United States" is an abstraction that in reality is a highly complex structure of heterogeneous elements that can hardly be subsumed under a single subject of action called "United States", even if the cited demand in itself sounds reasonable. These elements (liberals, rightists, leftists, religious fundamentalists, atheists, militarists, pacifists, nationalists, cosmopolitans, white racists, blacks, rich, poor, old, young, etc.) have very different ideas about an ideal life, an ideal America and an ideal world and the role America should play in the world, and probably also different ideas about how the American constitution is to be interpreted and what value it has at all. So who should feel addressed by your demands, especially to "learn to be more consistent in its views"? All at the same time? That is hardly realistic.
 
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Futurist

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Please repost this comment on Part 1 of this essay. I reposted my entire essay there and asked for these additional threads to be deleted. Then I'll answer your comment.