Monday, August 30, 2004

"Freedom is our Birthright"

Tonight as I sat watching the Republican National Convention, I sat pondering the words of Senator John McCain. McCain, who I admire for his ability to win friends on both sides of the isle, struck me with his speech about our only responsibility and obligation to freedom, as it is our birthright.

What does that mean? I don’t intend to get into a comparative argument of humanity and freedom, but is not also our responsibility to respect the coalition? In our best efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq we lost one very important thing: alliance. The United States is the only super power remaining, but how “super” can we be with out the alliance of other countries, nations, and friends? I considered today the possibilities and culprits of World War III, what would it take? Given the large mass of Russia, China, France, etc. what chance would the United States have if the world turned against us? I assure you we would be as successful as Cuba (post 1959). And I also assure you that many people on foreign soil truly believe that freedom is not our birthright.

Despite how we each individually vote in November, despite our party preference, despite our personal views, we must all look seriously at our relationship with the “stronger” countries of this world. We must acknowledge the need for the United Nations. We must seek that power and resolve to maintain positive and working relations with that establishment. If we claim that freedom is our birthright, we better have the support to back it up, and we better have the agreement of other nations (not just Great Britain) to protect our birthright.

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