When John F. Kennedy was running for president in 1960 he used to say, "Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a good neighbor in Latin America because he was a good neighbor right here at home."
Kennedy was referring to Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy which increased America's popularity to people in that region. The future president was correct in citing the connection between how people of other nations see us relative to what we are doing at home, and the parallel between adopting a humane attitude domestically and extending it to other nations with which we interact.
Now we are regrettably in a negative cycle in which other nations see America as marauders based not on what the typical American has done, except in instances where voters have overlooked the obvious when some kind of choice was afforded, but what has been done in the name of greed to serve the interest of a tiny handful.
As Mitch McConnell and John Boehner struggle mightily to preserve Bush tax cuts to aid the top two percent of Americans we see the level of resistance against America extending political and economic influence.
The brainwashing machine of Fox News seeks to explain negative reaction against America's involvements in Iraq and Afghanistan as nothing more than the efforts of terrorists out to destroy America's way of life.
Fox propagandists such as Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity will never tell listeners about the influence of the CIA and the impact it has had on American policy as well as the perceptions that its actions have generated among people throughout the world.
We know what has happened with the activities of one multinational corporation in the U.S. with British Petroleum and the great Gulf Calamity euphemistically referred to as an "oil spill" to make it sound less ominous than what it really is.
After World War Two the Central Intelligence Agency was created by President Harry Truman to collect information in that important realm. He conceded at the end of his presidency that it had become something completely different.
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