Saturday, July 17, 2004

The Taiwan Dilemma and the USA's Socio-Economics

This article at caught my eye. I don't know how true this is but if it is, it is worrying.

I personally don't think getting into a military tussle with China is anywhere near a good idea, especially/at least not right now. US involvement in the Taiwan issue is a sensitive part of US/China relations with neither side wanting to budge. Taiwan wants to be independent from China for the most part but China considers Taiwan an offshore state in the People's Republic. They are basically a rogue state in China's eyes but Taiwan wants to keep it's pseudo-independence and the US likes the concept of freedom and independence even though they officially support the "One China" policy.
I would love for all countries to be democratic and free but I can't say i think exerting military force in this situation is wise. China is bigger in population and apparently is getting more investment dollars and growth nowadays. While the US system has worked well in the past, socio-economic changes have weakened out country in my view. Before we go around trying to be the defender of freedom everywhere we've got to make sure our foundation is strong and truly up to the task.
Our culture has become soft, self-serving, service-industry based, entertainment based, and cocky. That all needs to change. America grew the most when we were fighting with an true underdog mindset, when common sense was common, when we weren't dulled by the all the safety precautions, when people truly understood life and mortality. Humility, love, and hard work are key ingredients to a productive and growing society. Most of us are so addicted to convenience we would scoff at the idea of growing our own food or making our own clothes. Our pride dictates that we strive to fill ourselves with any and every luxury we can get whether we can truly afford it or not.
"Made in the USA" has become a rarity in pure form. So much of what we use daily is imported that American production and American material has dwindled. It bothers me that we are not more prepared to be self-contained or self-sufficient. I don't mind imports at all, I just think we should maintain sufficient structure to be able to replace the demand for imported goods if needed.
Living beyond our means is dangerous. That is why the national debt concerns me so much. Our whole culture is based upon an optimism that we will have enough money to repay our creditors and that it's just a matter of time. We assume things will be like they always were; we take for granted or overlook possible realities. The world has changed and is continually changing, the US needs to come back to root principles and re-evaluate our core structure both in legislature and culture.

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