The process of globalization is one that has carried with it a high price for the United States. While the US has been able to extend its overall reach into the international community, not all countries in the international community have been receptive of America's presence. The United States has been accused in recent months and years of being an international "bully" through its support of policy initiatives that negatively impact the development of certain regions of the world. As the criticism over US foreign policy increases, the problems facing people living in the United States have become exacerbated in recent years. The notable increases in the price of gasoline, the current debate over immigration and the larger issue of the healthcare crisis are persistent problems that are not being adequately addressed by the federal government.Clearly, the external and internal environments that have developed with respect to the United States are quite distressing overall. The United States has become a bane to foreign development in some cases and is currently not addressing critical domestic problems. With these issues in mind, it seems reasonable to argue that the US needs to decrease its global presence, such that it can create peace in the international community and direct its focus and financial resources to the domestic problems that are wreaking havoc on the lives of millions of Americans.
[...] In addition to the fact that many domestic programs are being sacrificed as a result of placing more emphasis on defense spending and the war on terror, the shifts that have occurred in the context of government spending have served as the impetus for the development of a massive budget deficit. Feldman (2005) in his analysis of the budget deficit notes that at the present time, the budget deficit totals more than $400 billion and is expected to climb to 1.9 trillion in the next several years. [...]
[...] While global opinion of the United States demonstrates the negative impact that foreign policies aimed at hegemony and imperialism have produced, other authors examining the development of the United States have made the argument that the current push toward world domination by the US is having a negative impact on the ability of the US to make credible choices for economic and social development (Roy, 2004). Roy (2004) in his examination of the current push toward America's world domination notes that the process has corrupted the development of government overall. [...]
[...] By diminishing its presence in the global community, the US could promote a more peaceful development of the international community while drawing the hatred and disdain of the world community away from American citizens. The second reason for reducing global presence is the impact of the imperialism on the development of the domestic economy. At the present time the US faces a budget deficit of more than $400 billion. In an effort to combat this deficit, the government is now cutting critical domestic programs. [...]
[...] Knight (2005) in his examination of the overall power and authority asserted by the United States in the context of globalization argues that, even though President Bush and members of his administration have argued that the US does not have imperialist tendencies, most foreign entities view the US as nothing more than an imperialist nation. While Knight argues that the United States is not seeking to create an empire in the classical sense of the word—i.e. a nation that dominates all others—he does argue that the US has asserted its powers in recent years such that only its objectives could be achieved. [...]
[...] As such, the government is systematically reducing domestic spending in an effort to combat the hatred that it has encountered as a result of imperialist foreign policy initiatives. When placed in this context, it becomes evident that the US has created a cycle of imperialism that must be broken in order to save the US from social, economic and political ruin. The only method to accomplish this goal is for the US to reduce its global presence. In the end, the federal government's pursuit of an empire—primarily through military and political coercion—has created notable tensions for the US and its citizens in many parts of the world. [...]
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