Freedom can be defined as the ability for one to live life with full alienated rights governed by birth. Democracy is to participate in a country’s government without hindrance, scrutiny, and injustice. The definitions of these two terms rein a question of the US Government’s fight to spread freedom and democracy throughout the world. The dedication to these issues has created various concerns for the American people and foreign countries. Our nation’s relation to foreign countries has changed over the last seven years.
Now, we are forced to renew our stand as leaders or we will risk the chance of being considered destructive by foreign powers. The US’s foreign policy was originally constructed to ensure peace among other countries by enforcing checks and balances while allowing self-preservation, security, and survival (Cole, 1974). Our nation’s effort to withstand terrorism and threats from these countries proves our stance of the democracy issue. We are now ready to take the initiative to relieve the stresses of authoritative governments to allow all people to live fruitful and productive lives.
Our government is on the right track in its policy to “spread freedom and democracy” in the world because we have the resilience, dedication, and resources to remove threats from other parts of the world while re-establishing our position as a world leader (Weygandt, 2008). According to President-Elect Obama (2007), the objective to spread freedom and democracy in the world is a humanistic approach to restoring life in these countries. Many foreign powers have imposed on their citizens’ ability to live fruitful lives due to their strict laws and regulations.
America’s campaign to relive the pressures of these regulations should be reconsidered. The ability to enforce democracy upon other countries is a bit far-fetched in reality. America’s authority to assume and reconstruct foreign laws will not be an easy accomplishment. In fact, the initiative to re-establish our position as a leader is a fight within itself. The fight for freedom in countries swarmed by terrorists will take a lot of time, dedication, and resources to complete. What benefits do we offer the world by spreading freedom and democracy?
The obvious benefits we offer are the freedom of choice, relinquishment of alienated rights, and the use of public policies to allow citizens to form the workings of government (Cole, 2008). Our checks and balances system is one of great evolution from the beginning of our government. Now, we can use our same fundamentals to help foreign powers restructure their laws to enrich their country with more opportunities for its citizens. If we help foreign powers restructure their government, we may empower the country to develop into a powerful ally. According to Foreign Policy (Sept. Oct.
2008), our focus on terrorism has dropped since the September 11th attacks of 2001. Now, our country focuses on its domestic issues while investing considerable resources in foreign policies as well. For example, our dependence on foreign oil hindered our freedom of choice in lower gas prices for the last two years. If the foreign governments allowed democracy, our dependency on their resources would have an impact on the benefits we gained as a loyal consumer (Bush, 2008). We, as a nation, must act as a nation instead of the government placing its emphasis on spreading freedom and democracy to others.
Some of the disadvantages associated with foreign policy include foreign powers becoming our new found enemies, loss of allies, and a possible attack on our government completely. Another question we must ask is “Do we have the resources to launch a successful campaign? ” According to Foreign Policy (Sept. Oct. 2008) and Foreign Affairs (Nov. Dec. , 2008), our resources and focus should remain on domestic issues. Our focus on foreign powers can actually harm the US recovery from our current recession. In an instant, our resources can become liabilities if foreign governments find weakness within our government (Foreign Policy, Sept.
Oct. 2008). America has a right to place the policy into effective in a global campaign for freedom and democracy. During the development of the US, majority of our efforts have been on self-preservation. Our government is now taking a step forward in helping align foreign powers for the same principals for its citizens. This kind of initiative requires significant effort; the ability to create a strong foundation between all foreign powers, US included, is a humanistic stance for the development of humanity. Our nation needs this kind of progress to reassure foreign powers of our dedication to assisting their countries when in need.
Also, it helps build stronger relationships between nations to assist one another in terms of development (Weygandt, 2008). How will America withstand the resistance from foreign allies in this campaign? America must create a plan to withstand the resistance of foreign allies in this campaign. To execute the new policy, foreign allies must agree and compromise with our nation. The right checks and balances on this campaign can determine America’s success in implementing the attack on terrorism in foreign cities. What will the foreign governments think of our new President-Elect Obama?
In 2007, President-Elect who was the Senator of Illinois stated that America must “double foreign aid, expand and modernize military, and lead by deed and example” (New York Times, 2007). His Foreign Policy speech was directed towards the acts of the Bush Administration’s tainting of America’s image to the world. Obama’s lack of Foreign Policy experience does not garner his approach to foreign policy of today’s economy. As stated in his 2007 speech, his travel to foreign nations gives him a different perspective than previous presidents. He has lived in different conditions which many presidents have not experienced.
This alone is an impressive force in deciding the new foreign policy of introducing freedom and peace to our fractured allies (New York Times, 2007). It is time to take the light off America’s issues and place interests back into our allies for support. Once we reach out and re-establish fragile relationships, our country will gain its respectable place as a world leader in defense and intelligence. The President-Elect Obama promises to enrich the foreign policies to ensure freedom, democracy, and rapport is supported in our return to a leadership position (New York Times, 2007).
It is true that our needs will change as time passes, but the need for an open-minded ally is more crucial as this policy is set into action. New options lie ahead for countries willing to assist us in our campaign for freedom and democracy. According to President-Elect Obama, our allies can strengthen their positions and develop a strong support system from the American people. Our available resources to assist in foreign aid should reach $50 billion by 2012 before Obama’s last year of his term (New York Times, 2007). Such consideration makes me wonder what the American people will receive from its foreign allies.
Are we in search of alliance, support, or a re-established image? Our foreign policy to enrich others’ lives is enough for a common sense response. Due to the changes of foreign nations, we can only wait to see how our right to complete this campaign is received by our allies. Our nation’s resilience to what is a right (freedom and democracy) presents an idealistic future for our allies and it may answer questions we have forgotten – Where do we stand in the world? How can we assist other nations’ purposes? Will our allies protect us during our time of need? We are only defined by our deeds. References Cited Bush, George.
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