Here we go again! America is running true to form, fixing some other country’s business for ‘em just as we always do. We mean well but will wind up in the wrong as usual.
When some nation wants us to help ‘em out, they use the same old “gag” that we should exert our “Moral Leadership: and, like a yap, we believe it when as a matter of truth, no nations wants any other nation exerting “Moral Leadership” over ‘em, even if they had one.
If we ever pass out as a great nation we ought to put on our tombstone: “America died from a delusion that she had Moral Leadership”
— Will Rogers June 22, 1931 –
I am ashamed to admit that it has been a while since I used one of my hero’s quotes here on RJ’s Corner. Shame on me, Will’s words are what helps keep me centered during today’s version of turmoil. It has been eighty-four years since Will said these words and they are as true today as they were then.
No country, or even individual for that matter, wants someone to give them moral leadership. To even insinuate that you want it is to admit that you don’t have enough of your own and for us Americans that is an almost impossible thing to say. We Americans are a pompous and egotistical bunch so we fall for this logic too easily. We like to think that somehow when God passed out morality we got a double, no a triple, dose of it.
Can you imagine if for instance Britain came over here to provide us with some “Moral Leadership” in the area of providing universal healthcare to our citizens? Or worse yet to show help us get our murder rate to the extremely low levels of their’s? I will be one to admit that we certainly could use their “Moral Leadership” in these areas but I am absolutely certain that their offer would be quickly and adamantly rejected.
What “Moral Leadership” means today is that countries want us to give them some of our weapons to more easily kill their enemies. It means that they want us to pump trillions of bucks into their country to do something they don’t have the will to do on their own.
Now don’t get me wrong here, I am not saying that we don’t do some good in the world but as Will said almost a hundred years ago we far too often just get it flat-out wrong. We stick our noses in where it doesn’t belong…
Thanks again Will for keeping me focused….