Comments on: Does America still want to lead the world? Mon, 20 May 2013 19:02:41 +0000 hourly 1 By: w.sanchez Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:07:04 +0000 Chinese are copycats, they don’t respect copyrights and are always spying the US original ideas then making modified copies. After that they take advantage of developing countries to export their products at cheap prizes.

By: BlakeLeon Thu, 19 Jul 2012 03:23:17 +0000 -council-2012/?doing_wp_cron=1342667915. 1901381015777587890625#view/global-agend a-council-2012/councils/the-united-state s/

By: BlakeLeon Thu, 19 Jul 2012 03:13:59 +0000 The United States has issues. Tell me a country that doesn’t..
The US has been known for invention and innovation since the 1890s and has been the predominant world leader since WWII. Since then, the world has never experienced a leader such as the US, a roll, I might add, that was not asked for, but taken. That alone deserves respect. Who else wanted it bad enough to take it? That is what our country stands for.
That being said, our nation today suffers from incompetence and greed. The rich have the power, will do anything to stay in power, then give the power to their already powerful friends. This is killing our nation. It is dragging the soul out of the American spirit. It is making the middle class lazy, the poor determined but unable. Someone needs to stand tall for our nation with the morals and attitude of our great-great grandfathers, not a bought face made for television.
Internal first: fix our education system. Higher education should be free. Would it not implore our citizens to strive for the most important trait of all: knowledge? Why is my public university not paid for by my, and our, taxes? No, they must go to creating more government jobs therefore creating more red tape to stop the man we need from leading out nation. Fix our political system. Democratic or Republic? Two individuals of an entire nation with working minds and differing abilities? It’s like ordering at a world renown restaurant but only being offered pigs in a blanket or bean sprouts. Fix our health care. Citizens of this nation are protected, but not from disease. We can not bring back the lives of people who hypothetically would die in a tragic event, but we can help a lower-class single mother who has suffered injury or illness. And we should. Become sustainable.
Become. Sustainable.
Lead the World. Help everyone to sustain.

By: Theckho Tue, 29 May 2012 15:16:52 +0000 Guess leading world is not a mission for the USA, but for the United Nations. If they lead with no demand or authorization by a leaded sovereign country (I’m talking about coercitive acts, not business), it’s like a foreigner version of a legal adult person receiving orders with no remuneration from a private party, a case of slavery. Moreover it’s implicit leaded people are inferior, unable to lead by themselves, in disagreement with article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, on discrimination. Both erga omnes matters.

By: 1066ad Tue, 08 May 2012 07:03:37 +0000 I continue to be amazed at the simplistic thinking and downright false conclusions that are arrived at by blaming in various unsophisticated scenarios the President for America’s economic problems. If only serious time would be spent studying the long process that brought us to this point. If people would only consider one point fairly, with no preconceived or political agenda: the massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the top 1%; how this was initiated and sustained; who gained by this shift; how were the majority convinced that such a policy would benefit them and if this “trickle down” policy is correct why is this the first generation of Americans who can not reasonable expect to do better than their parents.

By: apophthegm Mon, 23 Apr 2012 15:09:49 +0000 The US is leader of the free world and the foremost advocate of moral rectitude. The problem is that the US is operating in a world of nations the majority of which are governed by criminals. It is not surprising, therefore, that conflict and death ensues as the US attempts to subdue these rogue states. On any journey it is normal to encounter squalls and storms but these blow over in time. And as they say in the US ‘When the going gets tough the tough get going’. To those who are envious and prejudiced against the West let them provide their populations with free education so that they can ultimately compete for the fair distribution of world resources that they claim they are denied. Those who are interested in identifying the nations in which morality resides should consult ‘Transparency International’ for a list of the world’s most corrupt nations. Since levels of corruption are a surrogate for illegality these tables demonstrate that only the West is qualified for the leadership role and that the malicious calumnies of the enemies of the West are without foundation

By: explorer08 Sun, 22 Apr 2012 13:09:31 +0000 The author writes, “The negative scenario results from a U.S. that fails to rise to its current challenges.” It is already failing to rise to its current challenges, domestically. Symptoms include the virtual elimination of the great triumph of human space exploration, the looming failure of a healthcare system due to partisan bickering, crumbling infrastructure, failure to implement mass transit on a useful scale, ongoing internal strife regarding energy production, “leaky” borders, spotty and unfair immigration polices, and so forth. In my view, we should pause to put our own house in order and then, maybe just maybe, we can serve as a better example to the world. Once we are a better example again then perhaps we should focus first on the Western Hemisphere which we have horribly ignored for decades. Let the EU, the Arab League, the African Union, and ASEAN take care of the East for awhile. We’ve got enough problems in our own backyard – – such as the Cartels.

By: anissimene Sun, 22 Apr 2012 09:35:52 +0000 Hello everybody:-) This article opens itself to an answer as long as a book :-) I will try to be concise.
I’m not American. I don’t think that all the American contribution to the human race was negative as much as I don’t think it was all positive. Like any other nation/person there are good things and bad things. Too long to make a list. Let’s be positive and look at a great contribution: You put a man on the moon. Really.
I’m giving this example not only because I’m a space nut. But because it shows that where there is a will there is a way.
That was national endeavour. If you would have put the same effort in curing cancer or finding alternative fuel you would have succeeded.Nothing is impossible when an entire nation put itself to it.
Going back to the article. let’s try to divide the answer in section.
American internal policy: You stopped to be a democracy. You are not even a capitalistic society. You have become a nation guided by greed, in the hands of a Feudalistic Class. They keep themselves in power through propaganda and government based ignorance. Fear is their best tool. Communism, Saddam, Osama Bin Laden and now back to Communism.And they will never give up their power, even if it means the end of everybody else.
America internal economy: It is insane to accept a status quo where 1% has more than the other 99%. A society that accept this is doomed to fail. Before even thinking about growth, job creation, exporting etc the first issue to sort is the distribution of the wealth created by a nation. And by a nation I mean the CEO, the waiter, the cop, the teacher, the IT guy, the garbage man, the doctor, the metalworker etc. They all contribute to a nation wealth, they are all entitled to a “fair” slice of the pie. I don’t want a CEO to live on food stamps, but 16.5 million in an year? When there are people without an home/food? It doesn’t make sense and it will only lead to collapse/revolution.
America in the world: you are still the big boy in the block. But things do change. All empire rise and fall. This is unavoidable. And it is not only you, it is the western world in general. We had a very long run. But nothing is forever. The question is of course what to do. And more or less I give the same answer. Especially now that we live in a world much smaller than 100 years ago (and far more populated) we must try a different approach. we must try to distribute the entire world production in a fairer way. We are all different and we will stay all different. But we must learn how to share this little blue marble. Historically we are at a turning point in the sense that we have reached a point when we can really destroyed ourselves and our planet. Or with atomic bombs or through overproduction passing through another 100 ways. It is really time to change. And going back to the man on the moon it is also possible.
I really wrote too much. Sorry. I think I made my point.
Solutions: education, respect, moderate greed.
That is it.

By: askew Sat, 21 Apr 2012 00:57:27 +0000 I believe there is a significant role for America in global affairs. It is not however, as THE global leader. Adherence to a set of principles that do not transform America into anything but a money centric society with increasingly restricted freedoms for those who are unfortunate enough to be poor, a disadvantaged underclass that borders on the third world and a perception that personal, not social responsibilities are of first import, does not deserve to be the world’s policeman. America is morally and financially bankrupt.

As a student many years ago, we learned more about America than our own country. You had it all; a great education system; leadership that worked; equality for all was the goal – what happened? While you have always had a bent towards the individual, you believed that pulling others up helped everyone. Now, people can be reduced to poverty through no fault of their own by disease or accident. If they are unfortunate not to be able to afford insurance, you imply they didn’t work hard enough. At the same time, you set them up to fail with huge student loans and limited opportunity to advance as only the lucky few can make it. Yet you continue to vote the people into power that are significant contributors to the problem.

Bush was a significant contributor to your decline – he seemed to ignore that you are members of a world community, not the only member. Obama has done great things to bring you back on track, but you need to get your own house in order. Pay for the programs that are important to you, reduce the cost of education to make it affordable again, create a safety net (not a trough for freeloaders) that gives people dignity and that may well mean sharing the wealth across a broader population than the 1%.

Your insistence on laws that result in Trayvon Martin type situations leave the rest of the world speechless considering how violent your society has become, yet everyone retains the right to own weapons that were never considered when the 2nd Amendment was drafted. Personal rights have been trampled as the banks have run roughshod over home owner rights. This isn’t the sign of a well run country based on law and order. It is more like the wild west where those with money can get there way or pay their way out of a problem. This isn’t a free society by any standards except yours.

Good luck to you all and the rest of us too.

By: PseudoTurtle Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:52:16 +0000 Give me a break!

The reason the is “going down the tubes” IS because we think we are the (self-appointed) savior of the world!

I suggest we get off our messianic binge and come back to reality.

Without a more nationalist outlook, the US will not survive much longer, much less 20 years.

The whole problem with the US is that its wealthy-driven government somehow thinks they are global citizens, regardless of much that damages the US.


Your present attitude (as evidenced in this article) is what is destroying this nation!