The problem, is that the leaders of the free world, aren't willing to make any sacrifices on behalf of others who are not free. I am certainley not an isolationist, something I argue with American libertarians with quite a bit. If I had a powerful voice, I would call on more action and less words from our fellow democratic allies. Not necessarily military action(although I never rule it out), but diplomacy that works, because it is backed up with teeth in the agreement. Not treaties for the sake of agreeing with each other, but treaties that give incentive for others to change. And not to change them into mass capitalist markets, or make them in our own image, but simply change that allows for their people to decide who represents them and their interests. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, should not be something that is reserved for Americans only, IMO. I believe that particular right should be inherent for all men(this includes women), and its the only American ideal I would push for in agreements. I don't care if they can own guns, or have a UHC system, thats up to them. I believe that making a sacrifice for others on that behalf, is more noble than making it for your own. The EU and UN attitude towards that goal is non-existant. And the American support for that goal is waning itself, as we are slowly beginning to turn inwards, because we simply cannot afford to do these things alone anymore. For too long we have shouldered the cost, burden, and sacrifice on behalf of free people around the word, mostly by ourselves. Others have made contributions, but the overall price that is paid lays heavily on our shoulders through the decades. I do not fear for whatever the future holds for our country, but I do fear for what will happen to other countries when Americans finally decide that our omni-presence around the world is simply too much of a burden to bear.
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