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Monday, November 08, 2004

Leader not a follower

I have a buddy of mine who has a simple principle that he goes by. He says "I am a Leader, not a follower." He does not care what everyone around him says. In many ways this is how the US is and should be.

Many out spoken people around the world bash the US for not doing things their way. I can understand if they don't like how we do things but we are a leader not a follower.

There have been many people in the music industry or the movie industry to bash the way the US does things because we aren't making the rest of the world happy. The music industry and movie industry is filled with people who want to be the center of attention and liked by all. This is the mentality of many, especially those out spoken ones about this. They want to be liked by all, but sometimes making the right decision isn't the popular one. This is where their character failing is with leading.

As far as the rest of the world, over 1 billion in Indian and over 1 billion in China. How many of then know or care what the US is doing here and abroad? (they are 1/3 of the world population) How about Africa? How many of them even have a clue as to what the US is doing?

There are many out spoken people around the world who may not like the US way of doing things but they are not a majority. The loud few are herd over the murmer of the croud.

Not saying the US is perfect but neither are the critics. The US is a leader, not a follower.

10 Comments:

  • Terribly flawed analysis. Being a leader doesn't mean you are correct in the direction you lead. Also, To be a leader people must follow of their own volition. The US is a leader in some aspects, a follower in others and a coercer in even more. This applies to a broad range of issues. The blanket statement "The US is a Leader not a Follower" is typical of us or them, red or blue, ... etc thinking that leaves the truth concealed behind BS sound bytes and headlines.

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    By Blogger Rich, at 5:00 PM  

  • Your journal is fagtastic.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:28 AM  

  • That's really cool how you aspire to be a leadernotafollower. If only all world leaders wouldn't settle for less than being leadernotafollowers. Tell me, where can I learn to be a leadernotafollower?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:35 PM  

  • 1. Learn how to spell. Please. Good leaders know how to spell (or, at least, they have a follower correct their mistakes).

    2. Your post is so typically "American" teenage know-nothing (meaning: stupid) fantasy it's not even funny anymore.

    In 20 years time, the United States of America are going to wake up and find out -- the hard way -- that countries such as India and China have left them in the dust. When that times come, Americans, such as yourself, will be left with nothing but debt and poverty. Go ahead, enjoy your time in the sun. It's not going to last.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:56 AM  

  • i have to agree this is a pretty uninformed post. you ask:

    As far as the rest of the world, over 1 billion in Indian and over 1 billion in China. How many of then know or care what the US is doing here and abroad? (they are 1/3 of the world population) How about Africa? How many of them even have a clue as to what the US is doing?the answer is a whole lot of them do. i have traveled to kenya, uganda, mali, tunisia (in africa), china, vietnam, uzbekistan, and turkey (in asia). in each of those countries ordinary people regularly followed what was going on with u.s. foreign policy. i remember camping in a dogon village in the middle of mali--over 100 miles from any running water or electricity and seeing the whole village come out to gather around a single battery-powered radio to listen to the french version of the bbc over short-wave.

    the u.s. makes the biggest waves in the world. the rest of the world feels in their day-to-day lives the effects of even minor u.s. policies in ways we cannot foresee here. i've had people come up to me and ask me what i thought about my country's garment import restrictions--a policy which causes huge economic hardship throughout africa and asia, but which no one heard of here. if anything, people in the rest of the world are better informed about u.s. policy than we are. it simply effects their lives a hell of a lot more than ours

    you say:

    There are many out spoken people around the world who may not like the US way of doing things but they are not a majority. The loud few are herd over the murmer of the croud.why do you think they are the minority? my experience says otherwise. so do international opinion polls. do you have any actual evidence that it is a minority?

    as for your main point that "the u.s. is a leader, not a follower" you're only a leader if others are willing to follow you. the difference between a real leader and an internationally isolated country is whether you are able to get the international community to go along with your schemes. the idea that as a leader, we can ignore the protests of the world is not only stupid, it actually endangers this country. we may be the biggest kid on the block, but everyone else banded together are a lot bigger than us. we can't afford to let that happen.

    By Blogger upyernoz, at 9:15 AM  

  • This is joe clicking over from your post on Busy Busy Busy.
    Geez, get a clue! You really need to (at the very least) start reading some foreign papers. The US is the economic 500 pound gorilla that walked into a cage full of baboons. Heaven help the Gorilla if the baboons stop fighting amongst themselves and decide to take him out 'cause he won't last 10 minutes; and at the end they'll be nothing left but a bloody smear on the floor.
    American arrogance is 80% ignorance. Most of the shit that Americans can legitimately claim for greatness is ancient history to most folks. Resting on the laurals of WWII and the early part of the Cold War just won't fly anymore. The folks who are personally grateful are drooling in homes for the aged --bedridden and incontenent, if they're alive at all.
    History of Amercan activity around the world since 1952 isn't anything to brag about (and for those who bother themselves to study history it resembles a magnification of the grasping, bullying greed that drove US foreign policy in the second half of the 19th century right up to the beginning of WWI).
    'Might Makes Right' isn't leadership; it's barbarism.

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