Cultural Imperialism: We Will Make You Believe

Posted: January 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

Have you ever wondered why the Islamic world hates America Cultural Values?

Ron Paul has a theory and it was quoted by the Des Moines Register, “I see that motivation is occupation and those who hate us and would like to kill us, they are motivated by our invasion of their land, the support of their dictators that they hate.”

I tend to disagree to an extent. I don’t think it is our presence in the region as much as it is our cultural differences. When you look at Islamic countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq you must understand that these countries have a grasp of history and heritage that we can ever understand in the United States.

In the Middle East, people and families have been practicing the same religion and cultural customs for over a thousand of years. Now we are trying to impose on them a “better way”, our way.

Without even asking and in our arrogance we as a nation have decided to engage in cultural imperialism. What do I mean by cultural imperialism? What I mean is the taking over of countries by eradicating or attempting to eradicate their culture.

We are attempting to force out their way of life because we feel that it is socially unacceptable. To us much of Middle Eastern culture is distasteful, particularly dealing with crime and punishment.

The question I have is simple. Who are we to dictate to other people what their cultural practices should be comprised of?

In truth their ways are not ours but should we really seek to change what has worked for them since before America?

We as American’s foolishly assume that everyone around the world wants Christianity and Democracy. This just is not the case and the sooner we accept this as fact, the sooner we will be able to draw down our troop levels in the Middle East.

The United States exports its culture all over the world via media everyday. Now it is not the fault of our country that we provide entertainment to other cultures because in all fairness they want it.

However, we must understand the consequences of it. The nickname for the United States, The Great Satan, did not come from nowhere. Our society is infested with immoralities and because of this we infect other cultures with the same.

The Obama administration has been increasingly involved in the cultural aspects of countries in the Middle Eastern region.

The president has increased money going to international aid groups that fund family planning. We supplied 700 million dollars in 2011 for family planning internationally. Under Obama, groups are rallying to receive as much as a billion dollars a year for family planning by 2015, according to LifeNews.

This is not all, most recently the Obama Administration has tied aid funding to acceptance of gay rights. President Obama was quoted by CBS News as saying, “”The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States’ commitment to promoting human rights.”

Secretary Clinton echoes this statement by telling various diplomats that religious and cultural traditions are no excuse for discrimination against homosexuals.

This is just forcing people to decide between eating and recanting their religion. If we believe so strongly in self-determination then why don’t we allow people to determine their own cultural norms?

America better wake up to the fact that we cannot force people to believe what we do and act the way we want them to. The reason Islamic extremists are able to keep such a captive audience is because the people of these countries can see that we are forcing our corrupt practices on them.

I for one do not agree with the way Islamic countries conduct themselves and I do not want anyone to get the wrong idea. I feel that their religious ideology is incredibly backwards, however it is not up to me. I do not live there and it is quite frankly none of my business. If they do not want to educate their wives and daughters or allow them to drive, what issue is it of ours?

In closing I want to paint you a picture and imagine how you would feel about this.

What if America was poor and in shambles and Saudi Arabia came here and occupied America. Then they started to tell you that your daughter couldn’t attend school and your wife wasn’t allowed to drive. They even took it a step further and told you that everything you believe is false and backward. They mocked your God and told you that you either had to accept child molesters or you would not receive any aid. With no aid your children are going to starve to death. What would you do?

For more on this and many other topics please visit Truth About Bills.  You can also contact me @markmayberry85 on Twitter.

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