BloggebbBlogger My youngest sister assures me that she is not in the slightest worried about the debt ceiling crises that is receiving so much coverage on this side of the Pond. I hope she is right. More worrying to me is that year by year the United States seems to becoming more and more impossible to govern. Some Constitutionalists even argue that this is a good thing as it ensures that no one branch of the government becomes too powerful -- to me it ensures that laws become law when things get desperate. Michelle Bachmann appeared on my television screen yesterday and used the example of 'Europe' as what the United States does not want to become. It is interesting to me how American politicians use the example of 'Europe' as a scare tactic.
Well I have lived in England, France and Germany in the past 30 years and I suggest to her that she should try it. Not everything is perfect -- taxes are high, but just knowing we have medical care when we need it increases the quality of life immeasurably -- for example. It's funny but I do believe that the American example did help to democratize the rest of us -- however, Europe did not become a slave to the ideology of Capitalism at all costs and this makes Americans nervous. The word 'socialism' is a 'bad' word in America.
As powerful as the United States Economy is, I do believe that the debt crises is a global crises that is beyond the power of any one government to solve. It seems to me it is even more impossible to solve when political minds seek political advantage rather than strategic methods to work together as a global community. If the United States cannot act together for the greater public good, than how on earth can the larger global economy ever avert disaster.
I see that this has become a battle of ideologies. I do not believe that there is any one ideology that works for all the people for all the time. We must learn to balance our need for 'progress' with the need for social equality and stability -- that is what I think can best be done by a democratic society. As soon as people find themselves entrenched in a position they become slaves to that position. We must learn to think beyond that which we already think we know. That is not the same thing as being 'fickle' -- it is about learning to grow. It does not apply to only the United States. Or Europe. Or China. It applies to everyone needing to acquire the wisdom of Solomon!