We, as world citizens, are standing before history at the crossroads of many social and universal changes. We, as Americans, are directly involved in many of them. In fact, there are few Americans who remember when the USA did NOT stand atop the world. There aren't many who know much about the pre-WWII America of spendthrifts and simpler lifestyles. Even prior to Great Depression, America was a nation of money savers and do-it-yourselfers. We were far from perfect, but there was still an aura of "Anything's Doable in the US" that reached across the globe. We became a melting pot made up of people from all over the world who wanted in on the game.
So what happened?
Internally, the US went from misers in the millions to buyers in the billions. We changed from "Anything's Doable," to "Anything Can Happen." Internationally, we went from a country admired for its unlimited potential to a nation feared for its unlimited potential.
Now, I'm not claiming that pre-WWII, the US was a wholesome country beloved by all, cherished by its citizenry and benevolent towards all nations. Before 1940 we had plenty of problems. The Great Depression unfolded thanks to bank manipulations. The WWI Veterans who subsequently marched on the White House to demand their promised bonuses were attacked by other soldiers. Slavery continued long after it had been deemed immoral and illegal by the rest of the industrialized world. The US had invaded other countries over 100 times by then. And lest we forget, we committed one of the most horrific genocides ever by wiping out nearly all of the Native Americans whose unfortunate mailing address was between the 49th parallel and the border with Mexico. No, the US was no patent pending for the new Eden-R-Us game.
This 3-part series will look at the US post WWII and review its powerful role in the world, both internationally and domestically, since then. Americans policies and their resultant implementations will be focused on in both arenas. I feel it is time that this question be brought to the fore and discussed as a legitimate and deliberate possible outcome in the foreseeable future.
And for those who STILL think that the world has somehow abrogated all desire of self-defense and has asked the US to be the proverbial "Policeman of the World," allow me to be the first to burst your bubble. The world never wanted it, the world never requested it, and the world resented our insistence on it. My sincere advice to all, and especially to Americans, is to do your own research and follow the path of truth in all instances. Sheeple are nice as pets, but they make lousy world leaders.
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