Amphiist 46: The United States: hero or villain?

· Politics

There are many sides fighting to influence our world view

We need to listen to all of them (free speech)

Including what the mainstream media refuses to cover

The rest of us are entitled to our perspectives:

Shia Muslims, men’s rights, socialists, etc.

Amphiist is a Greek word meaning looking at both sides

Amphiist (46)

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February 19, 2018                              Today in the…

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Mainstream Media

The United States is probably the most famous country in the world. The amount of print the mainstream media of the West, including international, give the US is understandable. The traditional media depicts the United States as being the centre of the universe. On American newscasts themselves, the number of Americas who perish in a tragedy are listed first. Other victims are mentioned as an afterthought. There is a political movement now called America First. There is a stereotype of the Ugly American, where Americans visit other countries and look down the collective American nose at the conditions which exist everywhere else. The traditional media act as though the US is constantly helping other countries in a humanitarian way, spreading democracy and goodwill.

The Other Side

From the Amphiist perspective, the United States has some very good qualities and some very unfortunate ones. The Founding Fathers created a wonderful country, experimenting as had never been done before. They borrowed from the Enlightenment. They borrowed from the ancient Greeks and Romans. They wanted equality for all. A very noble idea. Well, they wanted equality for white men who owned property and had good character. They did not want women to vote, and they did not want people of colour to have much power at all.

Can a country be great under such circumstances? Is it possible that society in that country wasn’t ready for more equality than the Founding Fathers were able to deliver? Maybe the first step was equality for such men, with later equality to come in the future. Slavery still exists today. Americans did stop it, to their credit, although Lincoln’s civil war was more about his desire for centralization of the government more than ending slavery. The American system of checks and balances is fantastic in theory, but when it comes to Americans promoting regime change in foreign countries because they want oil, this to me cancels out any good feelings one might have for the country’s admirable beginnings. The US has departed too far from its origins.

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