Yes, we are capitalist, and yes, we have interests in the resources of other countries. Yes, sometimes (maybe even a LOT of times) the desire for those resources trumps everything else. Especially oil. I condone none of that, as a citizen. But do you know who DOES condone it? A LOT of the rest of the world, even some of those countries we're "raping". Even taking what you have said at face value, and assuming it's true, it's still very much a net gain. Capitalism, and variations of it, is responsible for the greatest increase in quality of life, technological innovation, and PEACE since the Roman Empire. And no other country has done more to facilitate the spread of capitalism, or some variation of it, than the US. Of course, our mark on this world can be traced back much, MUCH further. To out very founding. The US has historically been a beacon to the oppressed. A chance at freedom for those who would never have experienced it otherwise. Do you think the Irish, Italian, Chinese, etc, all came here because they so loved their home country? Yeah, they came here and endured near slave labor to build this country. And yet...they stayed, and yet, more came, and yet, we remained a beacon. Imagine a world WITHOUT the hope of a better place, and a better life, and a better way?
And then, of course, there is the atomic bomb. No atomic bomb, no end to great wars. We single handedly insured peace for generations. You could claim that we simply insured the destruction of our race should the peace not last...and that takes a very negative view towards human beings in general. I tend to be a bit less negative. No, the peace will last, and it will do so because no one wants their species to end.
These are but a few of our contributions.
No. It has not made us arrogant. The world and all that has transpired over the last several decades has made us appropriately wary. We as a people must simply ensure that this does not slip us into a national psychosis. I remember one high-ranking official once saying to me in my younger years, "Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean everyone isn't out to get you."
I have lived and worked in a lot of places, and I wouldn't trust any other nation with the power that the United States currently holds. With the exception of many policy decisions that I believed could have been handled in other ways, overall, we have done one heck of a job helping to make the world a much better place, despite our flaws.
When debating, especially when debating about things like politics, economics, or just political correctness, I try to focus on things that are observable, and quantifiable. Faith makes for bad policy making.
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Europe is in the midst of disaster, only, they do not realize.
is that the USA has been in a Corporate vs. Labor war for over a hundred
years and Corporate has won. I no longer see Capitalism, but Corporatism.
That is very close to Fascism. USA citizens are usually truly nice people,
and the current gov't objectives don't seem to represent nice people. The
objectives have become representative of very wealthy connected businesses