No one likes someone else mucking around in their culture and spiritual beliefs. We don’t and neither do “they.”
There are a lot of people living on this planet who don’t like our “interventions”—well intended or not, military or economic or spiritual. And it’s not only those at the brunt of our enthusiastic persuasion; those watching also speak up in kind.
We need, if we must, finesse our spread of democracy, lay out the ground work, illustrate its function, show good results, and do this in view of those potential converts we might otherwise invade. As all the “west” can see, and has sadly experienced, forcing the issue brings hell to pay on a few – New York, Boston, London, Paris, and others past and to come.
It’s human nature: if you attempt to win your political argument with a punch in my face, I’m loath to respond with agreement. We cannot invade to persuade, or intervene to change. We must fall back and tend to our affairs in such a way that looks advantageous. We will foster women’s rights around the world, for example, by showing the advantages of those granted at home.
If we take the tact that has failed before over and over, and attempt through military force or the financial twisting of arms to change centuries of culture and belief in another, we will see failure again. Moreover, we have, and will continue to suffer the consequences of our attempts: violence and death in the homeland, and treasury depletion.
Today we must soften our immediate goals of political hegemony, and relax our forceful military stance. Certainly we must be prepared for the response our interventions have engendered, but we must also stop our excursions into the territories of others and accept the fact that not all on the planet must think our way at the moment. We have not found a perfect life’s process, a nirvana—our internal strife with inequality and injustice a good measure—and while we may speak to the ideal, we are in no position to shove it down throats.
Let us, instead, resolve our disparity in income, CEOs earning 400 times that of the workers who actually produce the wealth. Let us reduce, hopefully eliminate, the mass shootings that seem to be more frequent. Let us all vote when the booths, any booths are open. Let us resolve, for all time, the immigration problem—allowing that browns have the same willingness to contribute and succeed as the rest of us and that there is plenty of room for all. Let us get our health in line with its cost and make arrangements so that promises and contributions made into security and health continue to count. And let’s get our debt in line with our ability and interest in serving it.
Let’s straighten our house and when we are enjoying the order, others will watch and admire and change, and we won’t have to shoot a soul.
Causes David LaRoche Supports