American leadership: the world's best hope?

Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/08/20 22:58:15
Yes. America is the "shining city on the hill."
No. America is no great shakes.
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President Ronald Reagan said it best:

Not too long ago two friends of mine were talking to a
Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the
midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We
don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky
you are! I had someplace to escape to.” In that sentence he told us the
entire story. If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to.
This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is
beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to
sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the
long history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this
election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or
whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little
intellectual élite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us
better than we can plan them ourselves.

Ronald Reagan, American President

Ronald W. Reagan, 40th President of the United States. Official portrait, 1981.

That's the deal. We're not just talking about our own way of life. We're talking about the greatest refuge of freedom in a world getting rapidly drunk on the schemes of one despot after another.

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  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/08/20 23:00:00
    Yes. America is the "shining city on the hill."
    America always has been that shining city on the hill.

    Without it, where will people go? (And would someone mind telling me that?)

    Think about it. In this upcoming election, and afterward.

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  • mustangluver 2012/09/17 05:42:36
    Yes. America is the "shining city on the hill."
    We've come a long way from good strong leadership.
  • Butch 2012/08/22 11:28:31
  • texasred 2012/08/22 00:23:03
    Yes. America is the "shining city on the hill."
    People don't just immigrate to America because of free stuff... many want to be a part of the American dream. They want to be a part of the greatest Capitalist/Free Enterprise nation in the world. They want to enjoy the freedoms that all Americans have enjoyed for over 200 years. But Obama has tarnished the American dream for most Americans and for those that want to immigrate here for freedom and the American dream. We have to remove Obama in order to provide real hope to all peoples, not just ourselves.
  • Red 2012/08/21 22:21:10
  • Marie-Jacqueline 2012/08/21 20:50:49 (edited)
    Please, stop with American Exceptionalism.

    Do you really believe that the US is the only country to be considered free?

    Do you really think you are the shining city on the hill?

    Do you even aknowledge how paternalistic this sounds to somebody outside the US?

    What does your view make of a lot of democratic countries in the world?
    US satellites? Maybe you would like to think that!
    But no!

    Believing you nr. 1, believing even you are special to God, makes a country forget to be reflective to domestic and international problems.

    You are the chosen one, so why listen to the views of others?
    Why keep international treaties, demand however other countries to keep them?
    Democracy American style, without relating to the cultural and historical background of another country.

    Towards other countries you have no interest to achievements they made, you won't have to learn from their mistakes.
    There is no need to aknowledge those feelds of science, health, education, justice, freedom where other countries do a better job than the US.

    You neither have to accept your own countries negative side!

    You neither have to learn another language.
    The whole world speaks English! Doesn't it?

    If you want to say now I hate the US.
    My answer is a very clearly: NO!
  • Donald Eric Kesler 2012/08/21 17:44:41
    No. America is no great shakes.
    Donald Eric Kesler
    I don't think the United States of America should concern itself with the rest of the planet right now. We are stretched too thin. We have military forces in over 130 locations around the globe. We piss away 20 percent of our annual budget on the U.S. military and get nothing in return. We need to stop feeding the military industrial complex, and start taking care of our own.
  • Psicolabis 2012/08/21 16:02:26
    No. America is no great shakes.
    whatcha talkin bout willis?
  • dave b 2012/08/21 15:40:31
    Yes. America is the "shining city on the hill."
    dave b
    Those who say otherwise need to re-evaluate their reasons to think America isnt the last stand on earth.
  • Bill ~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/21 15:36:55
    Yes. America is the "shining city on the hill."
    Bill ~PWCM~JLA
    Thanks for the post. Raved. Reagan was a great man with a great vision. Today I think the hill we are on is an ant hill and all the little pesky ants are biting our butt
  • hayesml47 2012/08/21 13:02:51
    No. America is no great shakes.
    Great(?) video! All the people that are working as hard as they can to tear down America dissing one guy that is trying to stem their tide! Most of the people that vote/support the religious right and the Madhatters in the Tea Party will not realize that they are the intended victims until it is way too late!
  • Scandalf hayesml47 2012/08/21 13:44:12
    The Dems can damage America just as much. The growth of a very big bureaucracy and of pubblic expenses is in part what crippled many South European countries. Of course the other part was tax evasion and tax fraud.
  • hayesml47 Scandalf 2012/08/21 18:22:09
    I cannot argue with you there! Neither party has offered very much in the way of leadership! How the majority of Americans put up with the idiots we are being offered as candidates is beyond me! With our schools dumbed down and Corporate America threatening to take over the entire country we are in dire straights, to say the least!
  • voice_matters 2012/08/21 12:38:06
    we have no leaders today. maybe in 2016 we will have leaders runnign for the office of president. we know congress is not leading.
  • voice_m... voice_m... 2012/08/21 12:40:48
    find it strange that the rino is one being quoted for leadership.
  • Scandalf 2012/08/21 09:06:59
    As long as the US remains a democracy.
    If the majority votes someone (Obama, Romney, Ron Paul), the rest must accept.
    If the rest doesn't accept, there is no basis for freedom.
  • paul Scandalf 2012/08/21 12:08:55
    The United States is not a Democracy, it is a Republic.
  • Scandalf paul 2012/08/21 12:54:51
    Re-public = Rex Pubblica
    The "public" is the "king".
    What's the difference?
  • texasred paul 2012/08/22 00:29:05
  • voice_m... Scandalf 2012/08/21 12:44:56
    according to you the usa stopped being a democracy in 2000
  • Scandalf voice_m... 2012/08/21 12:52:51
    Maybe it did, maybe it didn't: Bush won his second term afterall...
  • voice_m... Scandalf 2012/08/21 13:20:19
    lets see 2000 libs say bush stole election, 2004 libs said the same. 2008 obama stole the election. nothing has chnged with the libs they hate we elect our president
  • Scandalf voice_m... 2012/08/21 13:31:23
    No, 2008 cons SAID libs stole the election. The undecided majority elected him (and that's a fact). Chances are that now they'll (the undecided voters) vote for Romney.
  • voice_m... Scandalf 2012/08/21 13:46:15
    sorry libby but the libs ahve been saying that. if you act like a lib you will always be called one.
  • Scandalf voice_m... 2012/08/21 14:23:54
    The cons will call me a lib, while the libs will call me a cons.
    I call myself free.
  • voice_m... Scandalf 2012/08/21 14:26:21
    call yourself whatever you want and as long as you post like a lib i will call you one.
  • Scandalf voice_m... 2012/08/21 14:44:18
    Ok, I'll be your lib friend :) (no one's perfect)
  • voice_m... Scandalf 2012/08/21 14:56:30
  • texasred Scandalf 2012/08/22 00:28:53
    America is a Constitutional Republic . . . NOT a Democracy

    "How often have you heard people refer to America as a Democracy? When was the last time that you heard America referred to as a Republic? There is a very good reason that our Pledge of Allegiance refers to our country as a Republic and there is a very good reason that our Declaration of Independence and our constitution do not even mentioned the word "democracy".

    Many people are under the false impression our form of government is a democracy, or representative democracy. This is of course completely untrue. The Founders were extremely knowledgeable about the issue of democracy and feared a democracy as much as a monarchy. They understood that the only entity that can take away the people's freedom is their own government, either by being too weak to protect them from external threats or by becoming too powerful and taking over every aspect of life."
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/08/21 08:45:44
  • voice_m... mk, Sma... 2012/08/21 12:46:14
    nice lib example of leadership. not sure why you think that shows anyone a leader but if that is what you follow so be it
  • mk, Sma... voice_m... 2012/08/21 14:00:27
  • voice_m... mk, Sma... 2012/08/21 14:22:37
    then why post a pic of him on a thread on american leadership?
  • mk, Sma... voice_m... 2012/08/21 14:45:17
  • voice_m... mk, Sma... 2012/08/21 14:57:03
    you are the one saying he is american leadership
  • mk, Sma... voice_m... 2012/08/21 15:06:34
  • voice_m... mk, Sma... 2012/08/21 17:24:20
    and yet you posted obama.
  • mk, Sma... voice_m... 2012/08/22 01:33:03
  • voice_m... mk, Sma... 2012/08/22 14:16:14
    if you think he is what american leadership is that is your choice
  • mk, Sma... voice_m... 2012/08/22 21:17:58
  • voice_m... mk, Sma... 2012/08/22 21:22:32
    maybe in 2016 we will have leaders in america instead of libs

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