Originally posted by eljefejesus
Any politicians left out there that actually want to see a strong America more than they want to push for their re-elections?
Is there any consensus left as to how one achieves a strong America anymore? One would suspect that the economic conditions that allowed a certain formula to be struck, that may have worked under Truman in the 50's when America had just emerged as a great big post ww2 industrial colossus and the normalised expectations of most people, were informed by respect for authority, strong family values and the power of the church and other organisation to exact a fairly homogenised response out of its citizens.
Fifty years on and most of those structures and strictures that made for a closely knit society, where everyone knew their place and there was a neat little place for everything, that has all gone.
If greatness is to be measured in uniformity and unquestioning response, then the America of that era was truly great. But if we are to measure greatness in terms of diversity and the ability of society to embrace and include difference, then we would be well served to recognise that America, in occupying a much different space in terms of its position in the world, if it is to be truly great will not do so by adopting an insular economically rationalist worldview. For one its position in the world has been underwritten by its influence and control over the way resources are exploited in much of the globe. The time for taking is over. the time for giving back is now begun.
By converging onto a modified capitalism, one that incorporates socialist policies (the so called tax and spend approach) it at least signals the importance of people in the milieu of its policy agendas, and for a world that now has to reign in its first world energy aspirations given the prominence that carbon emission trading will have on the way that emerging nations can develop, at least if America starts taking collectivist initiatives, it will enable it to take the lead in this new energy future and re-establish its credentials as one of the world's most admired nations.
I don't think anyone growing up in the sixties had anything but the highest regard of Americans and things American. That can do attitude that saw men walk on the moon captured the hearts and minds of young people the world over and inspired many to accept her views on freedom and democracy as being inalienable rights. I suppose greed and the eighties and contra and corporatism plus the oil wars fought in her name have certainly tarnished that gloss and tempered the glow felt by many towards that great heart, that indomitable spirit of independent individualism that would certainly help you on your way if you were fallen by the wayside. Spending on infrastructure and services to uplift people may yet be the way in which America will rediscover her true greatness. The greatness that enshrines the equality and one-ness of all people. I mean doesn't the Statue of Liberty, promise to do that?