Written by Doug Krieger


(Note: This article was written as a response to Charles Krauthammer's presentation on "Democratic Globalism" in 2004 . . . its immediate reflections are allrepparttar more significant, givenrepparttar 143440 on-going geopolitic realities we face nearly a 1.6 years later.)


The United States of America is no longer hiding her claws—no rival or United Nations or allied opinion can resist this colossus that struts her stuff acrossrepparttar 143441 planet. The economic disintegration, and political demise ofrepparttar 143442 former Soviet Union, establishedrepparttar 143443 sole super power uponrepparttar 143444 globe in 1991. This hegemonic expression “found herself”repparttar 143445 inheritor of all that exemplifies Western Civilization, be itrepparttar 143446 dregs of Sodom,repparttar 143447 culture of Egypt,repparttar 143448 international trading empire of Tyre,repparttar 143449 mystical religions of Babylon, and especiallyrepparttar 143450 organizational and military genius of Pax Romana.

She is unchallenged. Termedrepparttar 143451 “New Roman Empire” by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin inrepparttar 143452 midst of pending unilateral and pre-emptive action against Iraq, without UN or French, German and Russian support, she waged her war of national interest, cloaked inrepparttar 143453 guise of geo-political realism, and justified by what syndicated columnist Dr. Charles Krauthammer calls “democratic globalism” (DG), a term he coined during a speech given beforerepparttar 143454 American Enterprise Institute, Annual Public Policy Research Council in February 2004 when he receivedrepparttar 143455 Irving Krystal Award for public policy.

DG (according to Krauthammer) isrepparttar 143456 realpolitik ofrepparttar 143457 Twenty-First Century andrepparttar 143458 only resolution torepparttar 143459 “anti-realism” and self-hate of “liberal internationalism” embraced byrepparttar 143460 Democrats, which see no redeeming elements withinrepparttar 143461 “national interest” policies of geo-political realism; instead, liberal internationalism (i.e.,repparttar 143462 Democrats) seek to undermine American national interests by takingrepparttar 143463 moral high ground only through “humanitarian intervention” on behalf of hurting peoples like in Haiti, Bosnia, Somalia, etc. – “while deridingrepparttar 143464 “selfishness” they see inrepparttar 143465 unilateralism of Bush’s foreign policy.

The selective self-interest policies of today’s DGs, in their inadvertent, newly-discovered unipolar world, where realism and economic self-interest can result in aggressive, pre-emptive wars that can be justified through “morality” (e.g., spreading “democratic freedoms” whereby civilization tames barbaric, medieval religious cultures ofrepparttar 143466 Middle East), isrepparttar 143467 interventionist policy ofrepparttar 143468 world’s never-before seen Commercial Republic. But, according to Krauthammer, we are NOT an empire inrepparttar 143469 classical sense ofrepparttar 143470 term—we arerepparttar 143471 “custodian ofrepparttar 143472 international system.” We will not be bound by what Krauthammer calls “the Gulliver Effect” whereinrepparttar 143473 colossus is tied down by international midget organizations likerepparttar 143474 UN, norrepparttar 143475 likes of those unwilling to become members ofrepparttar 143476 “Coalition ofrepparttar 143477 Willing” (e.g., France, Germany, Canada, Russia, etc.).


No, today’s export-driven economies, massive population flows and 9-11 realities have made isolationism obsolete, liberal internationalism (i.e., multi-lateralism) unrealistic, as well as anti-American; and, realism too harsh—leaving selective Democratic Globalism our only recourse. We, again according to Krauthammer, are a benign, reluctant but powerful COMMERCIAL REPUBLIC, not an exploitive and land-hungry empire of antiquity or recent colonialism. And, asrepparttar 143478 custodian ofrepparttar 143479 international system, we will decide preemptively, and if need be, unilaterally, and in our own self-interest, when, where and how to defeat our immediate problem, Islamic totalitarianism (secular or religious).

Hence, obsession withrepparttar 143480 earth’s oil reserves—inrepparttar 143481 name of Democratic Globalism—perfectly suits our Commercial Republic’s goals of Middle East democratization (while picking uprepparttar 143482 spoils of territorial conquest, and, simultaneously initiating such conquests with immediate “exit strategies”—later to be discarded “now that we’re in there.”). Pax Americana’s military, inrepparttar 143483 name of fighting global terrorism will crush all others who are not for her. Her monopolistic and obdurate economic policies (euphemistically entitled “Free or Fair Trade”) are not designed to enslaverepparttar 143484 bodies and souls of men, nor will they heap up riches forrepparttar 143485 Merchants ofrepparttar 143486 Earth who are made rich through trading with her—no, trust us, we mean well in freeingrepparttar 143487 peoples ofrepparttar 143488 earth in this manner; and, yes, I’m being facetious!

Krauthammer’s claim that this Commercial Republic bears no resemblance to any empire ofrepparttar 143489 past is not altogether accurate. She is not Rome, nor Medo-Persia, not Charlemagne,repparttar 143490 Holy Roman Empire,repparttar 143491 British, French, Spaniards norrepparttar 143492 Tsars, Nazis orrepparttar 143493 Communists. Yet,repparttar 143494 new unipolar world of America’s hegemony (i.e.,repparttar 143495 “foreign benefactors” of her Commercial Republic) does share an uncanny reflection to another international trading empire:repparttar 143496 Phoenicians; and, ipso facto,repparttar 143497 biblical King of Tyre’s imprint endures yet another resurrection to collide in prophetic fulfillment asrepparttar 143498 commercial Babylon ofrepparttar 143499 Last Days!

Going forth “conquering and to conquer” upon a white horse is done inrepparttar 143500 name of democratization, on behalf of extending freedom to all peoples tyrannized by despots and implacable religious tyrants who demeanrepparttar 143501 name of liberty and violaterepparttar 143502 conscience of thinking and free peoples everywhere. The planet awaits its greatest hour, so we are told, and preemptive aggression (rather, “liberation”) byrepparttar 143503 world’s only unipolar power has made his purposes known—you are either for us or against us; and, since we epitomizerepparttar 143504 bestrepparttar 143505 blue planet can offer, we alone will or, for that matter, are capable to decide who should be free or neglected.

Yes, Democratic Globalism is a moral crusade between good and evil, between freedom and tyranny. Hence, this purely political resolve demands an interior motivation that can only be supplied by that which espouses, defines and provides moral covering for Gulliver in his travels. Arise,repparttar 143506 new and implacable Right—comprised of a distorted, prophetically motivated bastion of evangelical, southern Protestants (as well as leaders of America’s mega-churches and compatriots amongst so-called pro-family elements within religious America—e.g., Mormons, Moonies, Anti-abortionist Catholics, etc.) in league with American neo-cons. Together, they saluterepparttar 143507 aggressive policies of a Presidency determined to ridrepparttar 143508 world of terrorism—and in so doing, rulerepparttar 143509 earth. These,repparttar 143510 religious andrepparttar 143511 profane, are greeted with enthusiasm by their benefactors who gloat overrepparttar 143512 oil bounty secured through this new aggressive policy of international economic hegemony through military conquest and subjugation, all inrepparttar 143513 name of global democratization, freedom, liberty and elimination of “evil doers” fromrepparttar 143514 planet.

Ostensibly, overrepparttar 143515 past twenty-five-plus years, they have galvanized, through media complicity, corporate malfeasance, and blatant subterfugerepparttar 143516 “family vote” in America—when there never was one to begin with! In so doing—they have inadvertently ascribed unto themselvesrepparttar 143517 “moral high ground” and have, inrepparttar 143518 process, hijacked “Jesus” Who they have wrapped in their flag within their Patriotic Church.

Schiavo: The Final Chapter

Written by The Indy Voice

I never wanted to weigh in onrepparttar Schiavo case at all. I eventually did becauserepparttar 143244 Republican's behavior was so self-righteously horrendous, judgmental, meddling, anti-American and downright scary that I felt compelled. Their behavior demonstrated howrepparttar 143245 Republican party is now being controlled by extreme religious demagogues who only believe in their strict interpretation ofrepparttar 143246 Bible and who abhor science and forsake facts when and where it suits them.

The autopsy of Terri Schiavo has been finalized and these arerepparttar 143247 results,

- The autopsy found that her brain was so severely damaged that no amount of therapy would have helped to regenerate it

- "She would not have been able to form any cognitive thought"

- "There was a massive loss of brain tissue."

- Schiavo died of dehydration and did not starve to death

- Any fractures could be attributed to severe osteoporosis Schiavo suffered duringrepparttar 143248 years after her collapse

- Schiavo could not have swallowed if she had been fed by mouth and would have choked

- Removal of her feeding tube would have resulted in her death, whether she was fed and hydrated by mouth or not

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