The United States Role in the World Today
By admin December 7, 2016


Models are important as they serve as a platform by which others can not only learn from, but at the same time grow and present something new and reformed. When thinking about other countries development trajectory, an often looked to model is the United States. As an example of modernity in the economic, social and political spheres, the United States serves as the beacon that calls out to other nations of how to integrate, how to diversify and also how to create ways for citizens to be prosperous. This is fundamentally why such a look at the model that has broken the mold for all other models is important. However, the United States may no longer be serving as a model anymore.

The 2008 recession coupled with the winding down of some of the longest wars has precipitated a discussion about America’s decline in influence and power around the world. America was not always known for capitalism and war but rather American preeminence began with the fight for independence and freedom. The foundations and independent institutions within the American government were supposed to set Americans up for success. The American Constitution is a masterpiece that is supposed to grant all citizens regardless of religion or ethnicity human and civil rights. The American Declaration of Independence is the single greatest piece of American literature. James Madison and Thomas Jefferson gave us the tools to be great. These are defining parts of America, the parts that distinguish the American government from the authoritarian regimes who do not mind to create rights and opportunities for their citizens.

The stars and stripes were once a trademark for freedom and equality, but today many debate under what circumstances Americans are allowed to be free and who is considered equal. Freedom doesn’t make America characteristically unique. Canada has freedom, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, Mauritius, and Belgium. Two hundred and seven sovereign states in the world and one hundred and eighty of them have freedom. There’s no empirical evidence to support the statement that the United States is the greatest country in the world. Americans themselves created the notion of being great itself, yet have failed to help other countries achieve the same by being the model that promotes what it does itself.

What should make a country stand above the rest is who and what it is made up of. Yet America’s record is as follows: we’re seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, forty-ninth in life expectancy, twenty-second in science, a hundred and seventy-eighth in infant mortality, third in median household income, fourth in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead in only three categories; number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of school shootings, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are our allies. These differences are monumental in constructing foreigner’s opinions of America. These facts should be even more monumental in helping others construct themselves as a place that is more equal in opportunity for those within their borders, more free in allowing citizen participation in governmental affairs and also more prosperous in creating sustainable opportunities for people to earn an income and grow their families and communities with.

Decades of wars have put us well outside the bounds of what we are financially capable of. We are quick to engage and very slow to withdraw. All the while America is not winning over hearts and minds; it is creating enemies abroad and creating tension with our allies. Historical evidence shows that the decline of the once preeminent Soviet Union began with a gridlocked governmental system incapable of enacting necessary policy revisions, bankrupting itself with an unnecessarily large military budget, a superior class of wealth insensitive to widening social gaps, and finally, in foreign affairs, becoming increasingly self-isolated while fostering a hostility with China. If this all sounds eerily familiar to anyone who was born in the 21st Century it is because these issues are not only historically applicable to the Soviet Union; they are the headlines of today’s America.

Americans certainly didn’t just label our society as the land of opportunity and freedom and dupe people into believing it; they really were there at one point in time. What was it that used to make America “great”? To begin with, Americans fought for what was right and just. Americans stood up for moral reasons and the morality of people. Americans waged wars on the notion of poverty not on poor people themselves. Americans sacrificed and cared for their neighbors, not just the politically valuable ones. Americans assembled great things, made unparalleled technological advances, and put a man on the moon. Americans cultivated the world’s greatest economy that made all of this possible. Americans reached for the stars and landed at the ends of the universe all while acting with honor and dignity. Back when, America didn’t hold truth-seeking commissions into our own government’s actions; Americans had faith in what the government was doing and how they were acting on our behalf. Americans were able to be and do all these things because they were informed. Americans elected the leaders who best represented their goals, morals, and ideals; not who had the best-funded campaigns. The first step in solving any problem is realizing one even exists. America is experiencing a decline morally, economically, and culturally and the sooner we all come to terms with that, the sooner Americans can put forth practical steps to not just return to the beaten path, but to forge a new one that is reformed, innovative, inclusive and aware. It is not only Americans that suffer with a recession, divisive campaigns and wars, but the whole world suffers simply because America is prominent example of what many nations aspire to achieve.

For more information:

How American Society is Unraveling

The Rankings and Where they Matter

America has Agencies for International Development

What the United States Says about the Next 20 years

What is America’s Role in the World?

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