This is the paradox that defines our world today. A quarter century after the end of the Cold War, the world is by many measures less violent and more prosperous than ever before, and yet our societies are filled with uncertainty, and unease, and strife. Despite enormous progress, as people lose trust in institutions, governing becomes more difficult and tensions between nations become more quick to surface. Fostered by those who whisper and scheme behind closed doors for their own benefit not from any honest effort through well-thought out engagement of minds within communities to improve through their own efforts and self-worth. Handing out food and goods with strings attached helps no one except the one who grows wealthier and more powerful off the misery of the poor.
And so I believe that at this moment we all face a choice. We can choose to press forward with a better model of cooperation and integration. Or we can retreat into a world sharply divided, and ultimately in conflict, along age-old lines of nation and tribe and race and religion. Nothing good comes of meddling and demanding change without first changing ones own ways. If people would worry first about helping themselves to clean up their own problems and then others we would not be so sharply divided. Political correctness and an indecisive greed-oriented “I know best” approach are the worst dividers. Integrity, acceptance, and cooperation while respecting the rights and beliefs of different countries is a learned action, totally different from one encouraging bad habits, lack of manners and morals.
I want to suggest to you today that we must go forward, and not backward. I believe that as imperfect as they are, the principles of open markets and accountable governance, of democracy and human rights and international law that we have forged remain the firmest foundation for human progress in this century. I make this argument not based on theory or ideology, but on facts — facts that all too often, we forget in the immediacy of current events. Seriously, this guy sees himself as highly knowledgeable on every front and yet his pissant actions prove time and again he has little grasp of common sense and maturity.
Important Facts According to Obama
Here’s the most important fact: The integration of our global economy has made life better for billions of men, women and children. Over the last 25 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty has been cut from nearly 40 percent of humanity to under 10 percent. That’s unprecedented. And it’s not an abstraction. It means children have enough to eat; mothers don’t die in childbirth.
Abstraction? Every chart, data gathering or concept is geared at least two years behind real-time. In addition, we have no doubt that those who have agendas have been controlling data reporting which means that the data is false. Tell that to citizens in every country since the wave of refugees has been in full swing. Job loss, reduction of essentials like food and housing, redistribution of funds from country’s needs to the refugees who have no regard for those providing the funds, destruction of property, morals, history in places like Spain, Italy, Venezuela who have people begging for food and basic services, even the wealthiest of countries showing a sharp drop in economic and human services from governmental interference. The anger, drug trade, slave trade, envy, fear and chaos gripping the world today is five times more heart wrenching than twenty years ago. BS factor on this statement.
Meanwhile, cracking the genetic code promises to cure diseases that have plagued us for centuries. The Internet can deliver the entirety of human knowledge to a young girl in a remote village on a single hand-held device. In medicine and in manufacturing, in education and communications, we’re experiencing a transformation of how human beings live on a scale that recalls the revolutions in agriculture and industry. And as a result, a person born today is more likely to be healthy, to live longer, and to have access to opportunity than at any time in human history. This is one of the better outcomes of today’s idiocy. Tinkering with the elements is insanity. Prime examples are weather and the dark matter experiments. However, given the nature of those determined to rule the world, this actually can easily become the downfall of civilization as we know it. Playing god in any avenue is dangerous. We have neither the overall vision of life nor the temperament to be unbiased. Tell that untruth of healthy, longer lives to those who are contracting the Zika virus or those who are succumbing to diseases thought eradicated long ago, or poisoned by waste chemicals released accidentally on purpose. There is a hidden agenda which has become obvious, elimination of undesirable populations or percentages of populations through reintroduction of deadly chemicals, dangerous viruses and bacteria delivered “accidentally” by those who have been manipulating behind the scenes.
Moreover, the collapse of colonialism and communism has allowed more people than ever before to live with the freedom to choose their leaders. Despite the real and troubling areas where freedom appears in retreat, the fact remains that the number of democracies around the world has nearly doubled in the last 25 years. Colonialism is defined as the establishment of a colony in one territory by a political power from another territory, and the subsequent maintenance, expansion, and exploitation of that colony. Collapse my arse. Its simply replacing a singular country trying to dominate with a one world governing influence. Umm dumbo every time a man or nation attempts to interfere or overrule the rights for a world governance with another without the specific request of the other is colonialism. And here he states exactly what he believes “communism” has allowed more people than ever… So for eight years the congress and citizens of the US have been governed by communism? How is that working out folks?
In remote corners of the world, citizens are demanding respect for the dignity of all people no matter their gender, or race, or religion, or disability, or sexual orientation, and those who deny others dignity are subject to public reproach. An explosion of social media has given ordinary people more ways to express themselves, and has raised people’s expectations for those of us in power. First note specifically “for those of us in power”. Who is Obama referring to? The US is not a colonial power seeking entity or at least not according to our constitution and our concept of colonialism. So to whom is Obama referring? The UN has morphed into a power grasping entity for sure but again – Obama is not an employee of the UN, at least as far as I am aware, citizens pay his salary. If we don’t then what the hell is he doing occupying the office of president?
Indeed, our international order has been so successful that we take it as a given that great powers no longer fight world wars; that the end of the Cold War lifted the shadow of nuclear Armageddon; that the battlefields of Europe have been replaced by peaceful union; that China and India remain on a path of remarkable growth. International Order? UN can’t stay out of trouble with fraud, sex scandals, and more to be able to be a factor in international order. Besides who the heck is Obama referring to in OUR? World distrust, disintegration of order,rampantly escalating chaos, and genocide have dominated all thoughts and people around the world since 2001.
I say all this not to whitewash the challenges we face, or to suggest complacency. Rather, I believe that we need to acknowledge these achievements in order to summon the confidence to carry this progress forward and to make sure that we do not abandon those very things that have delivered this progress.
World Food Program https://www.wfp.org/hunger Good progress was made in reducing chronic hunger in the 1980s and the 1990s, but progress began to level off between 2000 and 2010.
UN Population Fund http://www.unfpa.org/swop We live in a world where humanitarian crises extract mounting costs from economies, communities and individuals.
Summon what progress and what Things? If the UN were doing the right things and not attempting to do the whole “government” thing these problems would have been reduced. Since 2009 Obama has talked a good game and done none of what he should have been doing. Neither has the UN.
In order to move forward, though, we do have to acknowledge that the existing path to global integration requires a course correction. As too often, those trumpeting the benefits of globalization have ignored inequality within and among nations; have ignored the enduring appeal of ethnic and sectarian identities; have left international institutions ill-equipped, underfunded, under resourced, in order to handle transnational challenges. Course correction? Really? How about stop dictating and start being part of bringing all together while recognizing that THEY have the right to govern and promote THEIR growth instead? Underfunded, under resourced? How about taking advisors to talk as only a resource then letting the countries work the activities through. Most if not all countries including the US are strapped for cash. Hand outs do not help and only breed corruption. Give a man a fish, he will continue to starve. Give a man a fishing pole, he will figure out how to survive. Those limited funds should be overseen by each country who provides them. Not go willy nilly down some vast hole in a shadowy organization where like the Clinton Foundation the monies go to luxury and personal gain.
And as these real problems have been neglected, alternative visions of the world have pressed forward both in the wealthiest countries and in the poorest: Religious fundamentalism; the politics of ethnicity, or tribe, or sect; aggressive nationalism; a crude populism — sometimes from the far left, but more often from the far right — which seeks to restore what they believe was a better, simpler age free of outside contamination. Sometimes? More Often? who is this far right? Many far-right ideologies have a disregard or disdain for egalitarianism, if not overt support for social hierarchy, elements of social conservatism and opposition to most forms of liberalism and socialism. Bring on the social conservatism. The rest smacks of Marxist and Socialist doctrine. We see around the world currently just how well those two are making life “better” for the masses.
We cannot dismiss these visions. They are powerful. They reflect dissatisfaction among too many of our citizens. I do not believe those visions can deliver security or prosperity over the long-term, but I do believe that these visions fail to recognize, at a very basic level, our common humanity. Moreover, I believe that the acceleration of travel and technology and telecommunications — together with a global economy that depends on a global supply chain — makes it self-defeating ultimately for those who seek to reverse this progress. Today, a nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself. The wall around the minds of those who are communists should be more of a worry than a wall across borders between countries. At least those borders only keep out illegals and still provide a way and means for assimilation. The titanium walls around the hateful minds of those who practice genocide in any form and require absolute observation of collective is the real problem.
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