I'm an unabashed Obama fan girl. When it comes to our President, I'm like a teenage girl at a Justin Bieber concert. He is a charismatic speaker who has that kind of hold on me. No matter how much I try to be rational, middle of the road reasonable, the truth is that deep down inside my mind has already been made in favor of Obama. I'm his cheerleader, jumping up and down trying to get the crowds pumped up for him. I fall in place amidst the bleeding heart liberals who have their heart set on hope and change. I'm one of them. Embraced into the crowd.
But I have some confessions to make. Deep dark confessions that might tear me away from my crowd. Closet beliefs that no liberal worth their salt ought to have. They are not that secret really, I'm quite vocal about them. However, these confessions all together, might make people wonder - Am I really a liberal or a traitor planted within.
Here goes nothing
I wanted Detroit to go go bankrupt. The auto industry bail out to me was the poorest economical decision Obama ever made. Sure it saved thousands of job. The American auto industry is back on track. It is a robust, innovative and growing industry. But for how long? This is not the first time the American auto industry has needed help. The history of the American auto industry is full of lethargy, missteps, complacency and overall inefficiently run business. Yes, we do have some iconic industry pioneers and revolutionaries. We have had our highs. But the industry has always needed help to compete with nimbler foreign manufacturers, especially Asian manufacturers like Toyota and Honda who have so much more hunger, passion & competitiveness. The only way we can compete with that is to let the auto industry as we know it die its long due death and get reborn. We keep making short term fixes, that will need to be repaired again in the future.
The finance industry bailout was absolutely necessary. It is true the rogues on Wall Street were the giant iceberg that sunk our Titanic economy into the cold rough seas. It is due to the finance industry rogues that we perished. And even today they continue their vice like grip on us milking the last drop of blood out of ordinary citizens. But we needed the bailout. They were the backbone of our economy. It would have been a disaster if all our banks and major financial institutions had become insolvent. The idea of giving money directly to the people is a noble one, and in an ideal world that is how we would fix things with people at the grassroots. But this is not an ideal world and the finance industry needed that injection of cash to hold up the spine.
We need to outsource a lot more. American labor is just too darn expensive. Economies of scale cannot exist in the United States, at least not in the manufacturing industry. People should focus on their strengths, not weaknesses. Our Achilles heel is manufacturing. High labor costs make it a foolish endeavor. There is a whole world out there with low cost economic labor that can churn out products faster and better at fraction of the cost. Our strength is innovation, creativity, breakthrough technology the next Flying shuttle, the next Spinning Jenny, the next Steam Engine, the Next Super computer, the next iPod, the next tablet PC, the next Google, the next Twitter, the next YouTube. Can we stop wasting time on the past?
Free trade is a beautiful thing. Demand and Supply are elegant economic models. I don't understand why people find free trade to be so cruel and unfair. It is a very logical and reasonable model. The market negotiates freely, people put their wants and needs and demands on the table, all these elements interact fluidly setting prices, creating trade and transactions. The only real problem is when people cheat or game the system. Sometimes irrational human behavior leads to imbalances like monopolies and oligopolies both amidst sellers and consumers. The role of the government is not to change the game, but find and punish the cheaters. The government is also there to smooth out the inconsistencies of irrational behavior and keeping us back on track when we sway away from the elegant model. Social justice then complements this model, not antagonistically replace it.
The war in Afghanistan and Iraq is the greatest disaster in the history of US military endeavors. It breaks my heart that despite Vietnam, we have not learned any lessons. Withdrawing troops from Iraq and Afghanistan is a bad idea. What we are doing is going to someones house, throwing a house party, tearing the place apart, then leaving the mess for the homeowners to clean up. I want to bring our soldiers home. I don't want anyone to die on either side. I wish we could all just get along. But this is our mess that we walked into. We have responsibility and accountability to make sure we clean every last bit of it before we can finally walk away.
People don't like Big Brother. I believe US has a moral obligation to be a Big Brother. As a nation with more wealth and stability, we owe it to share it with those who are not as fortunate. As a progressive democratic nation where freedom means something, we owe it to the oppressed to discover their freedom. Unfortunately, what the United States has done is become a big bully. We are the obnoxious meddling relative who is just bossing other people around telling them what to do. What we really need to be is a big brother or sister who is there to help a younger sibling in need. We need to be that sibling who is the delicate blend of parental sternness and a friends love and recklessness. We need to be that big brother and sister our younger siblings can truly trust and respect. We do need to be a better nation than we can be.
While I am an ardent supporter of gay rights and believe that homosexuals deserve more respect and acceptance in society. Gay marriage is not a big issue. At least not as big as it is made out to be. There are many more important things to argue about than gay marriage.And even if we make it important what good is a marriage if you t have a society which does not you hold hands and kiss when you want to. Our efforts should be focused on how can we change society. How can we help people shed their fear of the unknown and embrace differences. After all, once we actually accept each other, marriage and all other rights will come along.
And this is the final and biggest zinger. Some people will consider me a heartless soulless beast for it. I actually believe in some aspects of Social Darwinism. Lets face the truth, All men are not created equal. We are all different, very different unique and special with our own strengths, weaknesses, desires, motivations, abilities, inabilities, likes, dislikes, priorities. Each of us has a whole psyche and experience that makes us uniquely us. How can we be equal? Now I'm no racist saying one race is more superior. I'm not going to justify cock and bull theories that promote eugenics and fascism.
Darwin had a point. Nature is adversarial. In nature, species are always in conflict with their environment. It is the strongest and fittest of the species that adapt and evolve to survive the ever dynamic ecosystem. In that sense, Society is adversarial. In our society, we humans tend to be in conflict with each other. In a social environment, the strongest and fittest of the species adapt and evolve to survive the ever changing social systems. This by no means states that any human is superior to others in anyway. This is about survival, not superiority. In nature adaptation is varied and diverse. We humans cannot dream of doing things that other species can. Some can survive the harshest freezing snowstorms or the driest hottest deserts. Some can even survive a nuclear holocaust. Some have razor sharp hearing, some can see in the dark, some can smell the faintest trail, some can hear a leaf rustle miles away. Adaptation in society is also varied. Some humans cannot dream of doing things other humans can. Some are math geniuses, some paint breathtaking landscapes, others tell captivating stories with words, some have the brute strength to move mountains, some have infinite patience, some have the most dogged perseverance. We all adapt and survive in our own environments. We all perish and fail in unsuitable environments.
Someday, I hope to reclaim social Darwinism to be an honest and compassionate subject. Take it away from the Nazis, the Fascists, the Racists and use it to better explain the complex beings we are as humans.