Decline of the great American empire

Is America an empire? It has been a major global superpower since the end of World War II. But is it an empire?

Merriam-Webster Online defines an empire as, “A major political unit having a territory of great extent or a number of territories or peoples under a single sovereign authority.”

Welcome to the American empire.

In the past, our nation has meddled in the affairs of other countries whenever it saw fit. A leader among countries can pave the way into the future for others to follow. As long as our motives are just, we should lead the rest of the globe.

However, many other countries don’t like the idea of a “bigger kid”
bullying the others into submission. Even if it is done with good intentions or for a righteous cause, no one likes being told what to do. But America can be the one to pick up the scrawny kid who is in need of a hand.

Should America step down from its position of leadership though and simply blend in with other nations?

Since it came into power, the Obama administration has been transforming the U.S. from a leader into a follower. With a new nuclear policy doctrine that further disarms the United States and makes it vulnerable to attack, we take another step into submission to the rest of the world.

President Obama signed a nuclear arms control agreement with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday to reduce the stockpiles of nuclear weapons of both nations. The agreement, called the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, builds on a previous Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that expired in December. If passed, it will cut the number of both countries’ nuclear weapons by about a third.

With policies like the START agreement, the public health care bill and charging terrorists in American civilian courts, the Obama administration is weakening the United States’ power to influence other nations. We are stepping down from our destiny instead of rising to the potential of a world leader.

Was our country founded to stand out or fit in? That’s the question America has to ask itself to decide what role it will play in the future of the global hierarchy.

Author: Garrett Pekar

Garrett is a sophomore mass communication/journalism major from Granger, Texas. He is the opinions page editor for The Bells. Garrett is also an RA in McLane Hall as well as member of the men’s tennis team. His hobbies include spending quality time with friends and family, listening to music and playing some of his own on the guitar.

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