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Who Decides Our Values? | 980 At Night
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Who Decides Our Values?

First off, I hope everyone had a great time at Rockfest Saturday. I worked the event, put in about 17 hours, and enjoyed every second of it.

If any of you follow Drudge, as I’m sure most of you do, you’ll be aware of the following article: “Obama says US cannot impose its values: BBC Interview.” I don’t want to dwell on it, but thought I’d throw my two cents in.

Basically, the story is that Obama doesn’t believe the United States should force its values on any other country. “The danger I think is when the United States or any country thinks that we can simply impose these values on another country with a different history and a different culture,” the President said in the interview.

He goes on to say, however, “Democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion — those are not simply principles of the West to be hoisted on these countries, but rather what I believe to be universal principles that they can embrace and affirm as part of their national identity.”

That’s where the confusion for me comes in. If we as a nation should not impose our values on other countries, how then can we legitimately and justifiably impose our values of democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech or freedom of religion? The answer is simple: Because that is what President Obama believes. He is our President, so his opinion is allegedly of the utmost importance.

I wonder, though, if my co-worker who I’m 99% sure is a Communist holds the same values of Democracy as the man he voted for does. And if not, what his thoughts are on President Obama’s beliefs. And if he does agree with him, how can he truly believe in the Communist system (I hope I’m not assuming too much, buddy…No hard feelings).

And of course, Obama was able to pull Gitmo into the discussion, saying that hopefully we as a country can serve as a role model by our actions toward Guantanamo Bay. I hope other countries don’t follow our path and swear to do something without having a fully thought out plan of action.

Ha, that’s never happened before in American politics, has it?

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