Many yesterday wanted to focus on the troubling section of the President's speech to the U.N. regarding Israel. While that's truly important, I don't want to ignore another section that gave me pause as I read through the speech:
In an era when our destiny is shared, power is no longer a zero-sum game. No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation. No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. No balance of power among nations will hold. The traditional divisions between nations of the South and the North make no sense in an interconnected world; nor do alignments of nations rooted in the cleavages of a long-gone Cold War.
The time has come to realize that the old habits, the old arguments, are irrelevant to the challenges faced by our people. They lead nations to act in opposition to the very goals that they claim to pursue -- and to vote, often in this body, against the interests of their own people. They build up walls between us and the future that our people seek, and the time has come for those walls to come down. Together, we must build new coalitions that bridge old divides -- coalitions of different faiths and creeds; of north and south, east, west, black, white, and brown.
I went back and looked up other references he's made to a "zero-sum game" and found one in his commencement speech to Notre Dame:
Too many of us view life only through the lens of immediate self-interest and crass materialism; in which the world is necessarily a zero-sum game. The strong too often dominate the weak, and too many of those with wealth and with power find all manner of justification for their own privilege in the face of poverty and injustice.
I'll be honest - I've never considered America's pursuit of prosperity to be a zero-sum game. In fact, many people from around the world come here because of the simple fact that it is NOT a zero-sum game. This is the land of opportunity - the land in which a man can do well for himself if he applies himself.
We have become the wealthiest nation in the 20th century for a reason and there's no reason to look at that with disdain. It's not that we aren't without our problems, as capitalism isn't perfect. But it's unmistakably the best system the world has ever known in terms of liberty and prosperity. It's clear though, that our President doesn't see it that way. He sees the US as a nation that exploits the world in order to amass wealth and he wants to set the record straight that going forward that it's his expectation that no other nation should engage in such activity. No nation should be elevated above another. Prosperity must be shared among all nations, or redistributed.
And this explains alot. Why does our president feel that we need to offer amnesty to every illegal alien living here? Because he has a guilty conscience. But I digress.
The statement, however, that bothered me most from above is this:
The time has come to realize that the old habits, the old arguments, are irrelevant to the challenges faced by our people.
I've just got one question here: WHY? Why do old arguments no longer apply? Once again I looked back and found he said it back in Feb. when talking about energy:
It's what America needs right now, and we need to move forward today. We can't keep on having the same old arguments over and over again that lead us to the exact same spot -- where we are wasting previous energy, we're not creating jobs, we're failing to compete in the global economy, and we end up bickering at a time when the economy urgently needs action.
Wow. It's never been more clear to me that his intention is to replace our current system with one where the government can control and shape society to fit their ideological bent. And ultimately this control must be ceded to a world body, one that can regulate the actions of all nations to create the paradigm in which everyone is equal and no one can succeed above another.
And this was his message to the world.