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569 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 19 years ago by KikiPeepers

Should America be more focused on citizens of its country, or citizens of other countries?

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19 yrs ago - Thursday 8/28/03 - 5:17:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
Focus should naturally be upon it's own citizens first, but I believe every country should be concerned about countries other than themselves also.
19 yrs ago - Thursday 8/28/03 - 5:22:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
yes thats a fair reply-i agree!
19 yrs ago - Thursday 8/28/03 - 5:30:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
The U.S. is like every over country in the fact they they look after their own interests whether at home or abroad, focus purely upon it's own citizens would surely cripple the economy and cause hostility with other countries?
19 yrs ago - Thursday 8/28/03 - 6:25:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, the U.S. should focus on other countries, but not at the expense of it's own citizens. We focus TOO MUCH on other countries, and that's why we are disliked so much.
19 yrs ago - Thursday 8/28/03 - 7:05:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
Perhaps some don't have a full understanding of the global economy--focusing on other countries usually does help the citizens of the US.
19 yrs ago - Friday 8/29/03 - 12:33:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with dheart, except that the hostility of other countries normally does not bother me. In Iraq, however, the US is spending a billion a day to barely defend and rebuild that place while it's hostile population kills the "occupiers." It's insane. We could spend a billion a day in the US to upgrade our third world electrical grid and rebuild our own deteriorating infrastructure.
19 yrs ago - Friday 8/29/03 - 12:41:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Absolutely, khaki. I feel as the only world "superpower", we have a responsibility to help others countries, but maybe not to the extent we do. Our own country needs more attention than our government gives it.
19 yrs ago - Friday 8/29/03 - 12:42:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
Legislation for upgrading our 'third world' electrical grid has been bogged down by congressional partisons...
19 yrs ago - Friday 8/29/03 - 12:43:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
To answer the question, absolutely. Too bad we stick our noses in everything else.
19 yrs ago - Friday 8/29/03 - 12:46:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
If they will keep thier noses out of our business we'll keep ours out of theirs.
19 yrs ago - Friday 8/29/03 - 1:06:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
^You got it.
18 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 11/26/03 - 9:09:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
when it comes to civil liberties, they should focus on what's good for them, going to the Middle East and barbarically fighting there is stupid

When it comes to taking examples and paying attention to things around them, the US should look at other countries for clues.

18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/1/03 - 12:54:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
who would ever seriously suggest that a country should be MORE focused on others?
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/1/03 - 1:54:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
The global economy is so intertwined that there is no way that countries can stay out of other nations business.

The USA's foreign policy of being the worlds 'global policeman' also makes it seem that the USA is more involved than it should be.

18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/1/03 - 3:06:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
I answered something like this in another thread, I think, so bear with me if you've seen this before.
I think it's fine and well that the US helps citizens from other countries. BUT, I think sometimes the nation is so concerned with making itself look good, that it neglects those here.

An example: Recently, conjoined twins from India (I think, maybe from somewhere else) were brought to Dallas to have surgery to seperate them. The time and proceeds were donated by the doctors hospital, and contributors. They followed this day after day on the news. They don't live in the US and don't plan on staying here. While, it's admirable what the doctor's did, I can't help but think of all the citizens HERE who need surgery or other healthcare because they can't afford it. Those people live, and work here, and pay taxes. Insurance isn't always an option.

18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/1/03 - 3:12:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
But thats more symbolic and good press for the hospital, it's like that Iraqi kid who came here to get prosthetic limbs after he had his arms blown off by a bomb.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/1/03 - 3:17:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
That's true. I was just looking at it from the standpoint of American citizens focusing on American citizens. Don't get me wrong. I applaud them for what they did, but I don't think any of them would have done the surgery completely free of charge for Joe Smith who lives down the street. That wouldn't have gotten enough publicity.

My opinion is wavering on the "War in Iraq". I thought it was admirable at first, because I thought we were actually looking for WOMD, but I think we should have pulled out long ago. A couple billion dollars ago, actually. Then, some of that money could go to the issues we have here.

18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/1/03 - 3:20:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think we should be focused on who's coming into our country, and what they plan to do here.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/1/03 - 3:22:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
yeh thats right, it's just a PR exercise, not trying to be cynical or anything, it's just attempting to show how humanitarian we all are.

The war was a good thing in that Saddam is no longer in charge, but terrible for the USA and Britain, our rep has gone down the toilet and it's more expensive than we could have ever imagined. The problem is that if we pulled troops out, in my opinion the whole society would break down and it would be carnage.

18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/1/03 - 3:25:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
That's true too. I guess technically it's a lose/lose situation. I just don't want troops from USA or Britain or anywhere else for that matter to still be dying over there 3-5 years from now.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/1/03 - 3:29:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
Exactly, thats the thing it's terrible for Blair and Bush because they can't be responsible for leaving Iraq as it is now or staying and having bodybags coming home everyday, thats not exactly a vote winner. And neither is leaving the country in more trouble than when we moved in.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 12/13/03 - 6:38:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
In that ideal of global unity/ citizenship it's great that we invest time and so called dollars into other areas that were destroyed or depressed by our actions in the first place...however we seem to turn a blind eye to many basic issues at home... more often than these basic issuse of living conditions, education, social reforms, and a re working/ re-interpretation of an antiquated constitution wolud no doubt improve chances for a more healthy and productive nation
18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 12/29/03 - 11:00:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
Could this question be a little more one sided?

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