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Since his last news conference, President Bush has been hammered for uttering these words:
"I also have this belief, strong belief, that freedom is not this country's gift to the world; freedom is the Almighty's gift to every man and woman in this world, and as the greatest power on the face of the Earth, we have an obligation to help the spread of freedom.â€?
The words themselves should not be despised. Saying that we're the greatest [military] power is merely descriptive. And as for freedom being God's gift, isn't that what's meant in the Declaration of Independence - â€œWe hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men [people] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.â€? If God gave us these rights and freedoms, no state can lawfully take them away. I don't see anything controversial here.
As for an obligation, well, if we are the most powerful and richest country on the globe, and if we as a society believe in a God who desires His created people to live in freedom, then yes, we do have an obligation to help the spread of freedom where we can.
HOWEVER, the President's actions do NOT live up to his noble and pleasant words. That's the problem. I agree with his goal â€“ a world living in freedom and at peace, but his means will never get us there. Bad means produce bad ends.
If America wants to live up to its obligation of helping the spread of freedom, then it must stop supporting tyrants and begin to value the lives of foreigners as much as the lives of its own citizens.