American Utopia?


America is the Utopia of the 21st century. It is the ideal democracy although within it there are forces determined to take advantage of it. What fascinates me is American Exceptionalism, this idea of being favored, special, different, than the rest of the world. On one hand, it is the most beautiful political drama. On the other, it is an ugly tragedy. Still, America holds firm.

The startling question I have is what is the reason for this exceptionalism. I would argue it has much to do with religion, capitalism, and individualism.

It could be argued that other parts of the world exhibit these characteristics like Europe, Japan, Brazil, etc. But I find individualism a fleeting ideology in the world — a struggle rather.

America, is the last stronghold, or perhaps the most powerful one. That is a double edged sword.

I have faith in America though. Let’s see what comes in the future.

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The Freedom of Speech


The freedom of speech warrants my personal desire to express social, political and economic as well as spontaneous internal manifestations of my soul.

American Duty


Our duty as Americans is to understand the source of our national problems in order to improve our image as a nation and to improve relations with other nations. Our job is not to eradicate evil, but to weaken it, to stifle it, and to secure Justice. All pessimists are just unambitious lazy people who have nothing better to do than be pretentious. God bless America, save Palestine, and free the world from the ignorance of injustice.

ignorance


the illusion of prosperity is caused by man’s inability to rely on and sustain himself without the desire to be worshiped by others.

beware of sensationalism in the media


just a thought.

“If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”

— Thomas Jefferson

Syria vs. the Arab League


A League of despots, clerics, and Kings has taken it upon itself to be the harbinger of justice in the Middle East.

According to a New York Times article by Neil MacFarquhar and Nada Bakri, the Arab League made the claim that it does not intend to depose the Assad Regime.

Instead, the Arab League hopes that by implementing economic sanctions against Syria, the Assad Regime will falter, more soldiers will defect, and the elite business class will distance itself further from the government.

The article also suggests that the Arab League does not support foreign intervention in Syria.

In a quote taken from the NY Times article, a Lebanese analyst stated:

“In the war against Syria, the economic will take the place of the limited possibility of military intervention.”

In direct contradiction of that proposition, however, Qatari minister Sheik Hamad said that if the international community does not take the Arab League’s initiative seriously, he cannot promise that there will be no foreign interference.

Keep in mind that the Arab League endorsed a full fledged invasion of Libya by NATO forces.

Furthermore, the Arab League believes that economic sanctions are in the interests of the Syrian people, for whom it suddenly cares, as opposed the Bahrainis who are apparently a few degrees below human.

But the following line from the New York Times article suggests otherwise:

“I think it is time the world realized that economic sanctions are not affecting anyone but the Syrian people,” said a 23-year old Damascus resident who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisal. “Those who couldn’t afford buying bread, now can’t afford even smelling bread.”

The questions posing us now are, what are the interests of the Arab League? Why do they suddenly want to be directly involved in altruistic endeavors? Furthermore, why have we not heard more on the brutal massacre of Bahraini protesters by the Saudi-backed Bahraini royal family?

Contradictions, hypocrisy, religion, and money – sounds like a perfect recipe for Middle Eastern chaos to me.

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In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.

-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Horatio G. Spafford, March 17, 1814