Our Foreign policy is antiquated and driven by economics and our dependence on energy from foreign soil. We are beginning today to reconcile our policies with the conditions as they exist in the world today. Huge centers of population, namely China and India are emerging as modern strong economies. Nearly half of the world’s population stands at the edge of rapid economic development. The pressure this will put on the earths natural resources can not be calculated with any measure of accuracy. However, we can already see that a foreign policy that seeks to dominate is no longer workable. Our foreign policy must be centered on cooperating, innovating, and trading for the resources required to sustain wealth and our standard of living. It is only by pulling the emerging economies up we can sustain our leadership in the world.
The tradition of these United States is as a beacon of hope, liberty and freedom for countries around the world. A foreign policy that seeks to allow this beacon to shine into the dark corners of the world can only do so by example. Our foreign policy should shift from being one concerned with exerting influence to one that influences by example. Clearly more freedom and liberty promotes the emergence of human potential. Our foreign policy should reflect our interests in the growth of freedom and liberty but never seek to impose these values on another nation. Our foreign policy must be consistently constrained to withdrawing support from nations, regions or groups that do not share our interest for the growth of human freedom and liberty. At the same time, we should seek always to keep open official pathways for dialogue and negotiation. It makes sense to withdraw from trade and exchange relationships but maintain diplomatic channels for discourse.
Where we have allowed our nation to fall into unhealthy relationships because of a dependence on foreign material resource or goods we should seek to immediately rebalance these relationships and rehabilitate ours selves from unhealthy dependence. This should be done not just to curb an unhealthy dependence but more to reclaim the freedom and liberty that we have given over to poor judgment. If for example, we choose to drastically cut our imports of oil from the Middle East or consumer goods from China. It is not because we do not want trade and relationships with these countries. It is because we want back the freedom and liberty that was ours before we became dependent on their goods and resources.
By demonstrating how valuable our freedom and liberty are to us. Other countries and people all over the world will be inspired to fight for their own freedom. Yes, there will be costs in this new approach to foreign policy but, could they possibly be greater then the costs we are now incurring. This path is sustainable our current path is not.
The Secretary of State has been directed to open conversations with every government that has fallen out of diplomatic favor. The Secretary of Commerce has been directed to review the entirety of our trade and economic relations. Immediately both of these departments will begin to adjust to a new chapter in foreign policy relations. We will be a country that talks with everyone about growing freedom and liberty and begins to withdraw from trade and economic relationships that do not serve the growth of our own freedom and liberty or the growth of freedom and liberty for others. We will be open to everyone but trade only with those we can trust.
About the Author: Warren Cooley is a teacher, writer, thinker and web entrepreneur. He is currently focused on clearing the cultural and social misunderstanding about the nature of love and offer a deeper more profoundly useful notion of the power of love. He invites you to visit http://www.loveaha.com . He is also beginning what he refers to as “open source research" aimed at solving the world’s energy problems by inventing a new fusion energy source and engine. Occasionally he also writes on politics and education. If you would like to contact him directly email: email@example.com .