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Isolationism In A Troubled World - Could Americans Be Too Globally Minded For Our Own Good?: Left of Center View

We live in an increasingly shrinking world. With modern technology people once too far away to ever interact with are merely keystrokes away. The internet and satellite technology have brought the whole world together. From the savannahs of Africa to the frozen tundra of the Arctic Circle people share ideas that shape our world and drive the future of humanity. Isolationism is no longer an option for America.

Many of the problems we face in the world today are a result of our slowness to embrace the idea of one human race and one planet Earth. Americans seem to think that only American ideas and philosophies are acceptable and it is causing us to become the pariah nation of the world. Where once we stood for freedom and justice we now are seen as greedy consumers of the worldís resources who are unwilling to share our prosperity with the rest of the world. While we have a global reach we seem to only have a local grasp. We can touch the world but we canít feel them.

The problem in American policies is not that we are too globally minded but rather not globally minded enough. We take and use and exploit and expect nobody to question our motives. Itís amazing that we have any friends left in the world. Some question whether we truly do have any. Many believe that the allies we have are nothing more than fair weather friends who will drop us like a hot potato if we lose our ability to control other nations by means of military force. There are some who question if we would have any allies at all if we did not possess nuclear weapons.

In some ways isolationism might be good for America. If we spent some time as a nation reflecting on our goals and what it will take to move the whole world forward we might realize that we are only one nation among many and that we have no right to dictate to the world how it should be run. We should be thinking globally in terms of the good of all mankind but we seem to be a long way from being that evolved. For now we struggle and fight and continue to make more enemies than friends because our global mindset is one of domination instead of cooperation. One day human beings may find a global peace that all can live with but that day seems far off. As it stands now, we canít even decide if we want to embrace our neighbors to the north and south or put up barbed wire fences and ďStay OutĒ signs along our borders.


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Isolationism In A Troubled World - Could Americans Be Too Globally Minded For Our Own Good?: Right of Center View

We need to take care of our own, pure and simple. We spend billions of dollars around the world every year while thousands of small businesses and tens of thousands of American workers inside our borders suffer. We spend money helping others while our kids go without the educational resources that they need to succeed. By trying to solve all the worldís problems we are bankrupting our future. We need to solve our problems here and let the rest of the world solve some of their own.

The American people have spent too long sacrificing for people half a world away because we are ďthe richest nation on EarthĒ. While it is true that we enjoy many benefits of our circumstances we also have problems that we need to focus on. Our education system is falling behind the rest of the industrialized world due to underfunding while we send billions to countries that would just as soon see all of our citizens dead in the ground. Why do we keep supporting them when we know they support terrorists? Why not spend that money on American people? Why is it that we can rally around other nations in need but canít find the political will to support small businesses that keep our people housed and fed?

Isolationism is not always bad. Sometimes in business when you have a serious problem you need to lock your best and brightest in a room and have them work on it until itís solved. The same could be said of America. We have some serious problems that we need to solve. Perhaps itís time for Washington to lock Congress in a room and prepare for all-nighters until we get the problems we have at home fixed. We are expanding debt and robbing our children of their future so we can spend money we could use for helping Americans in places like Yemen where people support the terrorists who planned and carried out the 9/11/2001 attacks on America. How is that serving the best interests of America?

I understand that we canít simply close our borders and ignore the rest of the world. But, we can pull back some of our monetary and political tentacles around the globe to focus the problems inside our borders so that we donít collapse our own country under the weight of our global ambitions. With a fraction of what we spend trying to save the rest of the world we could fix our schools from top to bottom. Arenít even our own kids more important to us than people we donít know half a world away?

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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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