I think if you'd like to discuss these ideas further, you should make a separate topic something like "Policy changes to improve the US" but this conversation, despite my talking with you about it, is in the wrong section right now. We can continue if in your new topic if you'd like, but I think here, we should talk more about Darfur, Child Slavery, how the world can help in the Congo, and begin to talk more about standing up to the religious over-sensitivity of islamic countries, etc etc. World, not US.
There was no mention of any government involvement, it was simply stating that given that we're stuck in Iraq, and little hope of a shortend to that, let us examine and vote on what we should be paying attention to, what people in first world countries (not just the US) should be concerned with.
The UN, US, EU, Canada, anyone that is capable of helping these countries, these situations, should. This wasn't about policy changes for a better america, it was about Attention changes onto things that will help make a better world.
Its' idealistic if you believe that things are possible, given any time frame, that simply would not hold up in the real world. This means the idea that the citizenship of any country is fully capable of self-regulation and economic strength with little more than the ideas of a smarter class. sadly, the american public is NOT this way, which is obvious given the complete, overwhelming propagation of the religious right into everyday, governmental policy. A smaller government only means that even less of the minority will go unheard, unhealthy and unsafe.
The idea of starving, dying african citzens, who have to struggle to get even food and water, have the self-fortitude and strength to go against the power hungry, healthy, heartless powers above them, is just plain pathetic and dumb. The powers have placed them in a situation where they CANNOT defend, cannot ride up. You do yourself a disservice if you really believe that people can always rise up against oppression without help.
Your example of leading by example is within a rich, healthy, free country. The idea that your sisters might not agree with you, is not the same as saying 3rd world citizens can follow americas example on their own.
The one thing you learned is wrong.
Education CAN be quantifiable, in the idea that there are minimums, standards and expectations. This isn't to say that standardized tests work. Its a matter of having expectations and ideas in place that should be followed.
The idea that education needs to be de-governmentalized before non-profits could receive tax benefits also runs counter to the obvious order things should go.
Resumes don't prove skils, but employers, generally, know this as well, Thats what the interview process is for, etc, and has no bearing on the rest of this conversation.
Things are talking points weather I agree with them or not. Democratic, Repbulican, Religious, etc etc, all have talking points. I am just pointing out that you aren't saying anything beyond those points. You have a list of libertarian principles, often disputed, and have adapted yourself into a cliché of ideas and views of the world that are surrounded by blinders from reasonable arguments. I would say the same thing of anyone who strictly holds an unwavering, stubborn view of whats obviously been disproven.
Non-interventionism is the face of crimes against humanity, is an isolationism from responsibility, from the world community and from the decency we as americans claim to uphold. Were we not in Iraq, Darfur would have been handled with by now, saving the lives of those being exterminated, and those who fought in Iraq.
We both agree that no matter what, regimes with power will persecute those without, embargo's put strain on those with power to reject their destructive ways and adjust their attitudes in a way that allows them to be part of the world community as well. This hasn't happened in Cuba, those most recent changes proposed as superficial. Embargos have been lifted in Vietnam & other places where they've adjusted their behaviors, even if not completely in line with the US policy, more in line with humanitarian causes within the world as a whole.