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Show Of Hands November 16th, 2017 8:52pm

Does the United States have a responsibility to promote democratic values abroad?

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11/25/17 8:51 am

There's a difference between promoting values and shoving them down people's throats (at gunpoint)

goof02 Virginia
11/24/17 10:40 am

There is a difference between maintaining the balance of power and forcing our political ideologies on other nations, and we have unfortunately crossed that line.

goof02 Virginia
11/24/17 10:38 am

We should have gone back to our hemisphere after the Cold War

11/22/17 1:17 pm

Once we take care of the liberals here, we can then get rid of them overseas.
This does not apply to our allies. We need to help them fight liberal socialism.

liam2013 iowa
11/20/17 6:24 pm

Yes. By its example, not by a force of arms.

Obvious101 MO
11/19/17 11:46 am

The question suggests we have promoted democracy abroad in the past. Our effort is spotty at best.

I’m for promoting democracy at home as we have done much in the last few years to disenfranchise millions of their voting rights.

11/19/17 7:59 pm

The question doesn't suggest that at all.

Obvious101 MO
11/20/17 9:56 am

Right, the question asks about spreading democracy abroad, but perhaps one about ensuring democracy at home is the more salient question. If we can’t do it here then it is arrogant and stupid to think we should be doing it elsewhere.

ladyniner81 I need chocolate
11/18/17 7:14 am

Democracy? Please. How can this oligarchy promote democracy when it doesn't practice it?

11/18/17 9:32 am


CMChristian gone
11/21/17 9:54 am

This isn't democracy. This is a republic.

ItsYourBoy Roman Empire
11/17/17 3:16 pm

Promote not enforce

burdman Nowhere
11/17/17 12:31 pm

How about we promote democracy here by educating voters and having a good selection of competent people to elect? It might be democratic to choose "worse" in an election between bad and worse, but it's not a good way to lead by example.
But hey, build walls not sustainable futures, right?

11/17/17 11:53 am

That's making the assumption that the point of US foreign policy, which it obviously isn't since they support Saudi Arabia, if anyone honestly believes that the US has a responsibility to spread democracy then they would be calling the US to stop supporting dictatorships and to go against Saudi Arabia, which I haven't seen anyone doing

ProbablyEug Oakland
11/17/17 11:36 am

I guess it’s fine to support efforts when asked, but otherwise I feel like it’s pretty invasive.

11/17/17 10:55 am

No, but it’s in our interest to promote democracy across the globe.

11/17/17 9:39 am

You mean by bombing them into submission? Nope. Maybe we should try leading by example for a looooooong while first.

11/17/17 9:14 am

We have a responsibility to aid when there is a genocide or serious human rights violations, it’s not a democratic value though. It’s a human one.

11/17/17 8:57 am

As long as we're ok with ISIS and the ME having a "responsibility" to "promote" their caliphate across the world. That's just fair.

gonzoboy Arizona
11/17/17 8:47 am

Promote? Why not?! Enforce? No way.

11/17/17 5:45 am

No. such a thing can’t even be considered a responsibility in the first place because it is not a responsible thing to do. Liberals and cuckolds both have a very hard time grasping this extremely simple fact - democracy doesn’t work for all populations. And with the embrowning of America, this is gong to become a very hard fact to ignore.

TCheyenne I Love People
11/17/17 4:51 am

If we allow the totalitarian states to attack our neighbors we will eventually be attacked by them ourselves. This is why we must always be prepared to lead against tyranny. If you examine the conflicts that we have been involved in, we are almost always on the side of the good so long as we do not adopt the policies of a careless Marxist influenced ideologue. Our foreign policy has been somewhat tainted since several of our Presidents from Carter(Iran), Bush(Iraq), Clinton(Serbia),Obama’s(Arab Nightmares), have been easily manipulated by more adept leaders just as President Trump has criticized.

hankG New Jersey
11/16/17 11:37 pm

Promote not as much, but protect definitely.

otto Olean, NY
11/16/17 10:57 pm

Yes. Morally and diplomatically. But not militarily unless not doing so creates a direct or imminent threat to us.

11/16/17 9:37 pm

If we are actually a Christian nation we do.

FloridaPopulist Nationalist Right
11/16/17 9:53 pm

That's such a stupid thing say. Nowhere in the Bible does good promote democracy! Nowhere! He does tell you not to murder other people tho

11/17/17 5:08 am

You’re clearly not Christian.

11/17/17 5:20 am

The question says “promote” not “force” and it says democratic values not democracy. Do unto others is a democratic value. Autocrats usually leverage their power...this is not a democratic value and is clearly contrary to the Spirit of the Bible. Human rights are a democratic value as well as Christian value.

11/17/17 5:30 am

Religious freedom usually depends upon a democratic society. Christian values include the freedom to choose.

FloridaPopulist Nationalist Right
11/17/17 6:04 am

Goood catch I'm not but neither are you. People like you don't follow what's in the Bible but make whatever Bullshit to justify your own personal views. God if anything supports monarchies not democracies. Not to mention in every way Democracy is a failure.

11/16/17 9:17 pm

It is in our best interest to do so.

evoecon nearest binary system
11/16/17 8:50 pm

Probably would not hurt for us to look local. Appears the Democratic Party could use some assistance in being more democratic to its membership.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/16/17 8:33 pm

Not “democratic.” We are a REPUBLIC, and should spread Republican (the philosophy, not the party) values around the world.

FloridaPopulist Nationalist Right
11/16/17 9:54 pm

Oh yes America the shining example, where congress has a 9% approval rating. Excellent idea tlaney

FloridaPopulist Nationalist Right
11/16/17 9:56 pm

The politicians bought and paid for, a rigged economy, genocidal deep state. What could go wrong?

shreddyriffs Hershey
11/16/17 8:30 pm

The question merely says “promote”. I feel like a lot of people who answered no took it as “force”.

11/17/17 9:46 am

Because that’s what our “leaders” interpret it as.

TheMadScientist the mad laboratory
11/16/17 8:21 pm

Responsibility? No. Vested interest? Yes.

Wert A picture of my junk
11/16/17 7:15 pm

Promote, maybe. Impose, certainly not.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
11/16/17 7:08 pm

Absolutely not, if anything, the opposite. That is, we have a duty to respect the sovereignty of other countries if we have any hope that they will respect ours.

FloridaPopulist Nationalist Right
11/16/17 9:57 pm

Sure zod, we should certainly respect their sovereignty but not in hopes they would respect ours. That's a very naive outlook on the world, we respect others sovereignty because it's none of our damn business and anyone who threatens ares will be crushed. Assuming it wasn't another fake plot created by the CIA

FloridaPopulist Nationalist Right
11/16/17 7:04 pm

Of course not. Does anyone actually believe the lies of spreading democracy anyway? We've usurped the sovereignty of many people's and nations and destroyed their lands in the name of empire.

Lets tend to our own people's and leave alone the military industrial complex. Stop justifying wars and disband the CIA.

ptellini Homosuperior
11/16/17 6:46 pm

We can promote our values best by being an example to the rest of world.

phalnx Ohio
11/16/17 6:29 pm

No, it's none of our business how other countries conduct their own affairs, as long as it doesn't put us in danger. Plus, how can we promote Democracy when we're not one ourselves? Other countries laugh at how compromised by big money our political system is.

11/16/17 8:03 pm

Which other countries laugh?
The same ones that cheer the inclusion Syria and North Korea into the Paris Agreement? The ones that elected Syria and Saudi Arabia to the human Rights Council?
Money in politics is definitely corrupting - just look at the UN.

There are two Presidential candidates that boasted about raising or trying to raise a billion dollars for thier campaign and both were Democrat hypocrites.
Big surprise.

SHIPPY1944 Tn.
11/16/17 6:09 pm

With the Federal Judicial overreach power grab, at this point, I’m more concerned for democratic Values here😵❗️

cato Santa Barbara, California
11/16/17 5:50 pm

Democracy is BS. Free markets and liberty are far more important.

Haleakala Tradewinds
11/16/17 5:15 pm

Sure should! One bigly problem though. Our so called "president" doesn't know how and never will.

Spiritof76 USA 1776
11/16/17 5:14 pm

Yes, but you can't will or force democracy on other cultures. They must seek it for themselves.

Attikai Oregon
11/16/17 4:56 pm

Yes, but not with force.

Tazer Dumpster fire
11/16/17 4:08 pm

Sure, share are values, but not force them

Dhawgg Hoist The Black Flag
11/16/17 4:05 pm

Promote? Yes. Install? No.

Gunfighter06 Iowa, since 1846
11/16/17 3:55 pm

Nope. If people in other countries want democracy, they will have to earn it for themselves. We need to fix our own broken country before we try to build anyone else's. We also have to recognize that many cultures are poorly adapted to democratic principles. Democracy is not a silver bullet.

Blokester0 Maryland
11/16/17 3:55 pm

No. We'll just end up getting stabbed in the back again.

FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
11/16/17 3:50 pm

Cant help but notice its rarely in areas with valuable resources.

lcamino Florida and Georgia
11/16/17 3:40 pm

No, but we do need to give support to our democratic allies, like South Korea.

commonsense America isnt racist
11/16/17 3:35 pm

Yes. It is in our national interest in the long run.

gluxford1 Arizona
11/16/17 3:32 pm

No. Our only responsibility is to protect the interests and wellbeing of our own people.