KLook wrote:Sorry jpete, you are wrong. I am not in favor of being the bully at all. I am in favor of treating people like they treat us.
Arrogant? I have met people from every country in Europe and they are all arrogant. Of course, I compare them to the service brats I grew up around. Always coming to a new town and having to make a splash to prove they are as good as everyone else. I have said before, I dont give a good g*d d**n what the rest of the world thinks about us. But if it comes down to being denied access to raw materials we need to keep us secure or be competetive, I think we have to take action to survive. Why else are we in the Middle East? Oil,Oil, and Oil and nothing else. Should we let Opec shut us down? Or anyone else for that matter?
You have a lot of opinions about what has happened in the past and what we should be doing now, but the world is a shifting target. No matter what stance we take, the opposition will adapt and make us pay in whatever way they can. Unless it is painful or costly to them. And those are the only reasons. No one is going to just go along to be good guys or out of kindness. Humans just hate it when someone else is #1. They will organize into groups to bring about the demise of the stronger group in hopes of coming out on top in the chaos. It has happened again and again. Sort of like "Change you can believe in". By the way, I am not trying to attack you, I like your opinions about economics. But you can be very forceful and opinionated about world policy and the constitution. Maybe you are practicing for your political career if it ever takes off. I hope it does.
The political class would never have me. It's fairly obvious that I can't toe the line.
I am interested in some of the things you say though.
I am in favor of treating people like they treat us
I dont give a good g*d d**n what the rest of the world thinks about us
But if it comes down to being denied access to raw materials we need to keep us secure or be competetive, I think we have to take action to survive
Don't you see we ARE
being treated the way we treat others? After 200 years, we are reaping what we have sown.
You seem to think the Earth belongs to the USA and we have a right to unfettered access to it's riches. And if we are denied, we are justified in taking it. You don't see how that might piss people off?
Do you break into your neighbors house because he has something you want? If not, and I suspect not, then why is it OK for us as a country to break into our neighbors and take what we want? Why is it wrong on a micro level but right on a macro level?
You can "trade" with other countries to get what you want. Be an American! Offer them something they can't get anywhere else! Build something of value! But when you endorse a policy of stealing, then you lose.
I've got a million ideas to turn things around. The thing is, no one would do them. The money doesn't flow to the "right" people. And that's what it's about. Always has been. So I don't expect to change anyone's mind, or change the direction of the country, but as long as I'm able, I'll keep exercising my right to speak.