Many election discussions center around issues such as abortion, the war and the economy. I'd like to talk about an issue that isn't listed in most
of the online discussions and that is our standing in the rest of the world. I want to talk about our reputation. It's anywhere from "The greatest
country on earth" (interestingly, by some people who live here) to "An arrogant dictatorship and empire" (interestingly, by some people who live
Politics: Fact or Fiction
puts out a statement and
then 2 people give their opinion whether the statement is Fact or Fiction and they give their reasons why. This week, they speak about several issues
but cover this one in an interesting way.
2. There is no denying that under the Bush presidency, America's image and standing in the world has plummeted. Regardless of whether John McCain or
Barack Obama gets elected in November, when Bush leaves office in January of 2009, he will take America's negative image with him.
Michael Link: FICTION. I believe it's going to take at least 2 full terms of competent governing for America to repair the damage done by the Bush
Bull**** Express - and that's only if the US stands before the world and admits he totally screwed things up. With an unjustifiable war and an
economy so bad it's dragging the rest of the world down with it, it's going to take a highly charismatic political genius to overcome this mess
(Obama ain't it!). Also, let's not forget that resentment for the US has been beneficial politically for countries such as Iran, Russia, and
Venezuela, so it's going to be milked for all it's worth.
Scott McNaughton: FICTION. An international perspective offers what I'm sure many Americans already know, the world has a sour taste in its
collective mouth because of the past eight years. But there is a faint ray of hope for you Americans, the world is willing to forgive and work with
you to fix the problems you created. A shocker, I am sure, but the rest of the world knows that there is still time to make this world a better place
as long as you kick Bush out of office.
But here is the kicker, while we may want to work with you and have hope you will ALL see the mistakes you have made, we still won't like you. Sorry,
being THE world superpower does that. You will have to prove to the world that you are ready to cooperate with the rest of us, and to make things
right. Obama, believe it or not, is what many on the international stage believe can be the first step to repairing the international image of the
Edited for language.
I agree with the opinions posted. I think that the damage Bush has done is very close to irreparable, so our reputation will suffer from that for
years to come. But it's not impossible to turn this boat around.
However, I believe what we do in this election will make a big difference in how long that will take. John McCain has voted with George Bush 95% of
the time. Many think another Republican presidency is a third Bush term. I agree. I have already heard MANY positive comments about the fact that
Obama is even a candidate. If we were to elect him, I think it would go a long way in sending a message to the world that the PEOPLE of the US want
something different than Bush. If we elect McCain, we're saying that we want to continue with the status quo (with a few minor exceptions).
Aside from the fact that I agree with a lot of Obama's policies and plans, I think he's our best chance to turn this country around and tell the
world that we screwed up with George Bush, but we're not going to do it again.
Now you may ask why I care (or why you should care) what the rest of the world thinks of us. Because we live IN the world. Just as a family makes
concessions to live together peacefully, just as states must follow certain guidelines to create a peaceful country, countries of the world must treat
each other with respect and act honorably in our dealings to have a peaceful world. Our country has been breaking the rules of living in a peaceful
world and using military might to bully other countries. We're beating up the other kids and stealing their lunch money.
Recently, Bush dismissed opinion polls that show our reputation in the world is declining,
“When it comes to, where do you want to live, many people [say], ‘I’d like to live in the United States,’”
It's just not true:
So, I'd like to ask what you think. Will Bush take our negative standing with him? And if not, what are the best chances in this coming election of
us restoring our place of respectability and honor in the world?
Thank you for your input.
[edit on 16-6-2008 by Benevolent Heretic]