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Pondering our country's global role

Recently, I have been serving as a volunteer regional director for The Borgen Project. This project is an innovative, national campaign that works with Congress to improve the response to the global poverty crisis. Essentially, it entails reaching out to members of Congress to ensure that global poverty legislation matters get adequate attention and support.

About 1 percent of the U.S. budget goes to foreign aid, and the current president would slash that amount significantly (nearly one-third of the budget from the previous year). The newly appointed Secretary of State and the newly appointed chief of the CIA, as well as the newly appointed National Security Advisor, will have a great effect on the International Affairs Budget. These individuals will play a huge role in whether our country will champion development and diplomacy or act as mere warmongers.

For much of my life, I pondered questions related to American history and our country’s global role. Is the United States the champion of peace and decency or an agent for the wealthy and entitled adhering to a mantra of “might is right” and continuing to portray wealth as an immutable virtue? I used to think that it was the former. Now, it seems that the latter is winning the day. 

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Frank Young

Nipomo

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