What the world wants

Worldview Item of the Day

Whenever I hear that citizens of other countries want us to do something, I become skeptical because only rarely do those citizens want us to do something in our own best interests. Well, it turns out that those citizens want us to elect Barack Obama.

Why would electing Obama be something the citizens of other countries would want? Mostly because Obama would give them access to the formation of our policies and our tax dollars.

You see, the United States, even with two ongoing wars and a shaky economy, is still the richest and most powerful nation on the planet. Our strong work ethic and standard of living means that even many of our poorest citizens maintain a lifestyle far better than that of most of the rest of the world. Further, our strength means that we have the capacity to project our will throughout the rest of the world and protect our interests abroad. The rest of the world wants to tap into that wealth and power without having to make concessions.

Barack Obama promises to allow the rest of the world those inroads by simultanously socializing our economy and increasing the scale of our diplomatic responsiveness to the rest of the world. The world wants Obama because Obama wants to make us part of them.

This is not to say that being an active partner on the world stage is not important, but we enjoy the standard of living we have in the United States because we have maintained our independence from the rest of the world in critical ways. Having a president who actively plans to subserviate that independence to the world will threatens us all. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness do not come from the world, but from our own eternal vigilance over our way of life.

A vote for Obama, then, means a vote for reducing the United States on the world stage to just another nation beset by socialist policies resulting in national debt, increasing government, and staggering unemployment that currently beset other economies from Britain to Japan. That is what the world is voting for in Obama. Is that what we want in the United States?

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