As the most mighty nation in the world, it is imperative that we understand that might does not always make us right. Might does not give us the right to disempower others, whether it be in this country or in other countries. Might does not give us the right to unilaterally distance ourselves from international treaties and agreements. Might does not give us the right to choose our friends, but not to abandon them after they have served our needs, or to punish those we see as our enemies.

This is the richest nation in the world not only in terms of material goods but in intellectual, technological and spiritual resources. Relative to other nations, there is a wealth of opportunity to speak out and be heard. This freedom is being seriously challenged. In the name of a declared war on terrorism, our country is relinquishing our individual rights to privacy and to fair trial. In this war against terrorists and the nations that harbor them - nations we characterize as undemocratic - we are in danger of sacrificing the foundations of democracy itself.

As parents, we notice that our children tend to turn out more like how we are than how we want them to be. How many parents have turned over backwards to teach their children how not to repeat our mistakes, only to have them do exactly that? Those dependent on us learn from who we are, from how we behave, not what we profess or try to impose on them. With most of the world's financial resources in our hands, most countries are dependent on us. When we properly model the ideals our nation stands for, we will not need to go to war for them. We can only achieve peace by demonstrating that that there is a different way. We need to move from talking our talk or trying impose our talk on others, to walking our talk. The ideals upon which this great nation has been built are magnificent. The real challenge is not to go to war for these ideals, but is to live up to them.   


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