I don’t usually get political…but…
I try to avoid drawing lines. Lines that divide one person from another. But sometimes, lines must be drawn…especially when that line or decision can have a positive or negative effect on billions of people all over the world. I’m sorry, but I now must step onto a soapbox.
I am angry. I am angry over the current and past injustices of U.S. foreign policy. I am angry that most of the current presidential candidates, and many Americans are ignorant or indifferent of the history of U.S. foreign policy. Often I think our policy is due to ignorance and the complete B.S. most of the U.S. history classes teach us throughout our education. But if it’s not ignorance, and it is in fact indifference for history, then there is no hope for a better America. Hope in the future is only possible by remembering the past. Only the past can teach us how to move forward.
With that said, there seems to me, to be few candidates but Ron Paul who actually understand the history of U.S. foreign policy. I’ve heard too many times that extremist groups hate us because of our political and or spiritual ideologies. On the surface this may have some clout…but the reality of if it is that people don’t like us because of our horrendous actions and crimes all over the globe…crimes too often against humankind.
I just wish Americans would travel a bit more. As St. Augustine said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Let’s get outside of our comfortable bubbles and experience the world from other people’s shoes. And as a fellow American, I wish that we would educate ourselves better in history. Let’s not make foolish presidential votes because we’re fools in the history of our actions, and prejudice to what other parts of the world see.
And now, I’m off my soapbox.