@Keith Barney "So why is it that we cannot accept the ideas and motives of
other countries?"Because socialist criminal oligarchies have a
poor track record.
Actually there's a good case for the opinion that capitalism is not
inherently good for democracies.When entrepreneurs and the owners of
capital gain dominance over workers who only own their own labor to the point
that the former group can set their own wage, democracy suffers or
disappears.America went through a unique period from 1910 to 1970
where because of two world wars and the great depression entrepreneurs and
capital owners did not have dominance so democracy both political and economic
flourished. Then along came Regan who flipped the equation (it
actually wasn't that simple but he and his policies are the perfect
example). Think of the undeniable economic inequality that has
developed in this country, and I'm not talking about the rich and the poor.
I'm talking about the inequality between the workers and the owners. Then consider what Citizens United has done to the political process and
the picture becomes clear.Unfortunately the entire conservative
approach is to quote the economic success of the distorted decades and believe
that those policies are in any way applicable now.
Agreed.For example -- God's Kingdom is NOT a Democracy.
Time and again throughout the world we see how conservative ideas work and
leftist, liberal, socialist, communist ideas fail. In France with a left wing
president things got so bad the EU thought about kicking them out. Wealthy
people overtaxed voted with their feet leaving the country. So they went to
Reaganomics. Now the conservatives in France don't know what to do as
their issues have been taken over. Russia must contend with China and Al
quaeda. Europe is not a danger to them or us. Nate Said it well.
How much democracy (rule of the people) is there when only about a tenth of our
population feel their Congress is doing a good job? We have enough democracy to
vote them in, under their false pretenses, but when the election is over so is
our democracy... unless, of course, we make our congressmen keep their promises
or throw them out of office in disgrace.
George Washington himself stated that America must avoid all foreign
entanglements unless national security is directly at risk. Far too many
left-wing liberals have ignored this sage advice and have gotten this Country
involved in one mess after another.When will the liberals learn that
we cannot force democracy on unwilling nations? If the barbaric nations want to
massacre themselves, it is none of America's business.
Corrupt elections, few human rights, diversity not respected, little religious
freedom and supporting terrorists (Iran). One cannot have a "diverse
democracy" and yet have the previous characteristics.
Passing judgment on Russia's future is about a thousand times bigger than
any question Dan L has actually faced as a legislator.
Did Washington intend for his foreign policy advice to apply into the future
forever? The world has undergone plenty of changes in the last 200 years.And how did JCS get the idea that it was "liberals" out there
trying to promote democracy everywhere? I don't recall many liberals
standing with Bush and Cheney when the term "regime change" was being
thrown around like a weekend camping trip.
"And how did JCS get the idea that it was "liberals" out there
trying to promote democracy everywhere?"So Mark you didn't
get the memo. According to JCS liberals are responsible for all dog bites, and
cloudy days. Heavens it only stands to reason that they are responsible for
something as pernicious as nation building.