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"The Freedom of Every Soul on Earth"

The problem with America's exceptionalism.

In his inaugural address President Obama referenced Martin Luther King’s words “that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on earth.”

It is hoped that Obama’s embrace of an encompassing internationalism will transcend the narrow nationalism that separates the United States from the rest of the world. The belief of our exceptionalism, our moral superiority, and our right to set the world’s agenda is a barrier to the peaceful resolution of international conflicts and a rationale for militarism and war. The earth and its inhabitants are interconnected and are to be preserved and nurtured.

When a news report informs us that 147 children have been killed in Pakistan by drone strikes, we should mourn and empathize with their families as we would empathize with the families of U.S. troops who have lost their lives in the senseless carnage of war. Compassion and empathy should recognize no boundaries and should not be circumscribed by race, class, gender, or nationality.

We can hope that the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street Movement, the uprisings in Europe and throughout the world are harbingers of a transformation taking place in which narrow, parochial nationalisms are being supplanted by a broader, universal internationalism that proclaims we are citizens of the world. We are one people dedicated to living in harmony with the earth and with each other.

If the above internationalist perspective does not evolve into our reality and we continue down the path of resource depletion, of wars, of extreme inequality, and of class conflict, we might well be the inadvertent destroyers of our planet and the life it sustains.

Don T.

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BUTCH February 21, 2013 at 02:01 AM
@ laird So you remembered after the Tylenol or Scotch or ?
BUTCH February 21, 2013 at 02:12 AM
@ Lahey-- Too bad for the brain dead's another Icon of the GOP has admitting he "sinned with a colleague's daughter" while in the Senate, the sinner had to leave town with Alzheimer and go back and live his declining years in wealth and good health care, These are the same hypocrites who are determined to take our HEALTH CARE and SSA, i think the Lairds and others will wise up and send all these double dipper looters into retirement after sequestration, most of them are not even functioning like a old time GOP Demetia mind, THESE ARE TRAITORS destroying America for the Zionist and neo con MURKAN TPARTY.
BUTCH February 21, 2013 at 06:34 PM
@ America, we are galloping fast toward half the nation making min wage despite OBAMA CARE this is what the obstructionists have succeeded in doing and why there is an immediate need to throw out all the bought and sold fellow travelers who caved into the TPARTY along with them in the Senate. But without turnover in the peoples house where the Bainland Chinese have come close to destroying the American dream they will finish the job,the easiest way to solve the debts of the state and Fed and sequestation is to cut the pensions of all double dippers in government and put everyone in Illinois and the Federal govt on SSA and then part E medicare for all. Right now the POTUS needs to take it to the limit and get these TPARTY welfare QUEENS back to work it is in the constitution and is critical to amend the RYAN sequestation LAW but that would help America.
Tamarack February 21, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Thanks for trying, Don T. It is sad that so many see life as a "zero sum" game, so that for the US to be great, someone else must lose. Let's use our powers for good, not greed.
BUTCH February 22, 2013 at 07:55 PM
@ Bob Laird---I think I got it, the same medication u take with the cheap scotch is acetaminophen the active ingredient that the US DEPT of Ag wildlife Service has injected millions of mice and feed their toxic butts to the millions of snakes overwhelming Guam, I was afraid I was right and understood my limitations and expertise in toxic over the counter drugs or cheap scotch, any way good luck and try cranberry juice to comprehend WHAT Bainland, Welfare Queens, Roundtable the Cheney energy summit and Log cabin GOP mean as another form of Toxicity!

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