What is American style ?Tick the one that best reflects how you feel about the matter: On Democracy 1-Other nations should figure out their own system of government without America's...

What is American style ?

Tick the one that best reflects how you feel about the matter:

On Democracy

1-Other nations should figure out their own system of government without America's interference.Americans can convert other nations to their democracy by living its values, so others may desire them.

2-The United States should help other nations achieve democracy only if they request assistance.

3-The United States should invade and occupy other countries in order to help them achieve democracy.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think most Americans agree with number 2, but some might think we have engaged in something similar to number 3 when it comes to Iraq. However, you can't force a country to become a democracy. Even helping a country become democratic is hard to do.
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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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#2 is definitely my choice here, though the second sentence in #1 is probably more true.

We cannot force anyone to become democratic.  Sadly, we probably also cannot really teach any country to be democratic if it is not ready to be democratic.  The best we can do is to be that "city on the hill" that would show people why they should want democracy.

However, #2 is still my choice.  We have an obligation to help other countries become democratic if they want our help.  That is actually part of #1 -- we show other countries our values by helping them.

 

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The preceding answer is superb.  I would merely add that I also sympathize with the first option.  The third option seems both impractical and immoral. The second option might sound attractive at first --

2-The United States should help other nations achieve democracy only if they request assistance.

-- but the problem involves the word "they."  Who is "they"? Rarely do the citizens of any country agree completely on anything.  One might, in this situation, face the prospect that some citizens of another country might request our "help," while other citizens of the same country might not want our "help." The first option therefore strikes me personally as the wises and most ethical option.

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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You don't need advice to answer this question, you need facts. Check your local news websites and dig into the past and history of America's involvement with world affairs. Who did we assist during conflicts, and why? Did we act honorably in every case, or dishonorably, or did different administrations make different choices based on different circumstances? Who is ultimately responsible for America's involvement in current world affairs, and are we doing more good than harm, or vice versa? Which sources of fact do you trust, and why?

Take all these things into account (and many, many more) and decide based on your own opinion which of the three choices represents your own opinion.

(For what it's worth: I probably agree with choice #1 the most, but I also think we need to be a nation of the world, not isolationists; the trick is deciding which issues to directly involve ourselves with, and why, and when.)

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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I most closely identify with the first choice, although I have no problems with the second one, either. Sadly, our nation today more closely resembles #3 in its efforts to force "the democratic way" on as many nations as possible. 

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