Monday, June 1, 2009

Don't impose your morality onto me


"The danger I think is when the United States or any country thinks that we can simply impose these values on another country with a different history and a different culture," the president told the broadcaster.

But he stressed: "Democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion -- those are not simply principles of the West to be hoisted on these countries, but rather what I believe to be universal principles that they can embrace and affirm as part of their national identity."

If I didn't know any better I would think he's saying that the United States cannot simply impose its values on another country unless President Obama believes those values (democracy, rule of law, freedom of religion, etc.) should be imposed on another country.

Talk about a major typo. Breitbart got the headline completely wrong: "Obama says US cannot impose its values."

...or did they? I dunno. I'll have to re-read it again.


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Patrick said...

Once the United States became the "Police" of the world, imposing it's morality is the most logical next step it would seem. This morality as it would appear, is open to interpretation based on the reigning president. Do we not all want freedom of religion, speech and press? This seems basic. What else comes with it for a country unfamiliar with these things? Perhaps there are other countries that are simply not prepared for these rights, or they have their own version of them.


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