The American Problem
Rightly or wrongly, a view is emerging in liberal circles in Old Europe that the United States of America has become a spiritual drag-anchor on planetary development.
It is being argued that the USA is a manifest conduit of international evil. By "evil" here, is meant that which is anti-evolutionary, sectarian, fundamentalist and self-serving.
The twin towers of American materialism and militarism reach heavenwards, but without the support of sustainable roots in international soil. Not surprisingly, these towers attract unfriendly missiles from afar.
America is a new nation, a young nation, not yet culturally, diplomatically or politically mature. The United States of America is less than 250 years old, yet, by an accident of history and immense good fortune, she has become enormously wealthy and powerful.
But America does not currently have the quality of political leadership to use its favoured position responsibly and for the greater good of the planet. She does not yet have the resources of spirit, or the intelligence, at government level, to resist manipulation by covert materialistic and security interests.
America's pre-pubescent tendency towards selfishness and international bullying is becoming a retarding friction on world growth. Her isolationist stuckness has made her a target for terrorism and international contempt.
For many Europeans in leadership positions in politics, the arts, education, business and spirituality, to associate with the dominant American neo-conservative class feels like associating with mooncalves and lepers.
In the United Kingdom, the recent ex-Prime Minister, Tony Blair, who was said by elements within the European press to actively maintain a commodious second home deep within George Bush's anal sphincter, encountered considerable difficulties over his American sympathies. It is argued that his uncritical support of the Republicans' military adventure in Iraq cost the British Labour Party fifty or sixty parliamentary seats in the May 2005 General Election. For two years thereafter he was a lame-duck leader in search of an exit-strategy. And it became politically impossible for him to accept, while still in office, the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to him four years ago for his steadfast support of America after 9/11.
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this situation is that America has one of the most educated and spiritually literate populations in the West. There are many spiritual teachers of world importance active in America at the moment. Yet, somehow, a nation which includes tens of millions of the most generous, benevolent and evolved human beings on Earth, has contrived to allow its public life to be taken over by a political cadre of fundamentalist militarians.
In Europe, it is a matter of some puzzlement as to just how an apparently developed democracy such as the USA can possibly tolerate, at the heart of its polity, a dim vulgarian culture of the Bush-Cheney kind.
Aspects of the liberal European perspective on The American Problem have been articulated elsewhere in this blog, for example:
The game continued
Not immediately apparent
You can pretend
Elvis in Bedfordshire
Ontological real deal
Fundamentalism is a closed room
Religion is a terrorist behaviour
The unwisdom of belief
Keep poverty permanent
Interview for a new USA president
God Bless America
And among comments on The American Problem elsewhere on the web, the following, perhaps, are worthy of notice:
From Vernon Coleman
From Michel Chossudovsky
From George Galloway
From Josie Appleton
From Benjamin Creme
From Nexus magazine
From the G8 National Academies of Science - pdf download - global response to climate change document (two A4 pages)
From Cindy Sheehan
From Michael Moore - Factual Back-Up For Fahrenheit 9/11
A modest proposal: shoot all Washington correspondents
A comment on the American media by Scott Isebrand and Stephen Colbert
This war is brought to you by ....
Article by Pepe Escobar - Asia Times (Alexandria, Egypt) - 20.03.03
UK told USA won't shut Guantanamo
BBC News (London) - 11.05.06
Blair's gold medal dilemma has two very different faces
Article by Tom Baldwin - The Times (London) - 25.05.06
The lame-duck double act take their final bow
Article by Tom Baldwin - The Times (London) - 27.05.06
US is the biggest global peace threat
People in European and Muslim countries see US policy in Iraq as a bigger threat to world peace than Iran's nuclear programme, a survey has shown. 17,000 people in 15 countries, including the USA, were questioned by the Pew Global Attitudes Project. BBC (London, UK) - 14.06.06.
The King of Fairyland
Bush's view of the Middle East rests on pure fantasy - article by George Monbiot in the Guardian newspaper (London, UK) - 01.08.06
Americans have lost their country
A new National Economic, Security and Reformation Act for the USA
The symbology of the Illuminati?
A video introduction. Do they exist? Are they just American?
American Republicans head for the polls
An image of patriotism
The Bush-Cheney Drug Empire
Index of blog contents
Spirituality websites worth watching