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America, Where Are Your Values?

Updated on November 26, 2011
Members of UNESCO
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On October 31st, the countries of the United Nations voted on as to whether Palestine should be granted full membership of UNESCO [United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization], an organization that since 1974 the Palestine Liberation Organization has held observer status.

The results of the voting were 107 countries including Russia, China and France were in favor. 14 countries voted against, including the United States, Canada and Germany. 52 countries including the UK, abstained.

This is a true display of world democracy at work, with a clear win for Palestine’s acceptance into UNESCO.

Democracy is supposed to be the fair way of deciding what is best when there is a difference in views. On this issue views of countries were varied but as the opposing votes of the European Union displays, countries were free to make their own choices.

So, that should be that.

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As the voting did not go the way that the United States wanted, they have now held back payment of $60 million to UNESCO that was due in November. This represents 22% of the organizations funding and could threaten its very existence.

The United States claims to be the champions of democracy and has even gone to wars supposedly to bring democracy to the world. So why is it that it openly shows such disregard for democratically decided policies?

This display of “play by my rules or I’ll take my ball back” is not democracy. It is, in fact, a spit in the face of democracy and an act like this by the supposed world leader of democracy possibly does more harm for democracy than some of their wars have done good.

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In Palestine there are several important archeological sites. Some of these sites are important to both history and some religions and this is the concern of UNESCO.

Now I do not claim to know all the details and cannot say that, if I was given a vote, which way I would have voted. What I do know is that if I was given a vote I would look at the facts and vote accordingly. I would not use it as a political tool and can only assume that those responsible for the voting did likewise.

What I also do know is that I believe in freedoms and the best example of freedom is the chance to vote your choice. This though is only a mark of freedom if it means something. If the results of the voting are ignored, you do not have freedom, you have nothing.

America, you have to be a member of the real world in order to lead it. So get out of your playground mentality and start playing by the rules that you preach.

Are you a democratic country with democratic values?

Or are you a puppet of an elite, looking for dictatorship over the world?

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    • d.william profile image

      d.william 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Good article. and your link to the hub: "Our leaders should be educated", answers the questions as to why our politics have become lacking in so many ways. Those who blame anything on lack of religion also live in a world of fantasy. Religious oppression and interference in politics is certainly not ever an answer to anything of value.

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      Credence2 

      6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      So, it is not about Democracy, it is about control. Our foreign aid program is designed to control at least as much as it assists.

      If you want to be the leader, then you must lead by example. Good grief that is grade school stuff!

      Conservative call this concept of do what I say not as I do as "American Exceptionalism", seems like just more hypocrisy to me. Nice article, voted up Cred2

    • f_hruz profile image

      f_hruz 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      You are asking some interesting questions here!

      It's quite obvious, the US is just a puppet of Israel and the jewish lobby. It's a country run by money for the interests of big money. It's not a democracy but a source of global mind pollution in all three areas:

      1 - consumerism,

      2 - nationalism and

      3 - religiosity ...

      @ zzro, gods are for people who can't face nature as the ultimate reality all forms of life originate from. Gods and religions - all of them - are a product of an irrational, primitive human mindset!

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      zzron 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX.

      I agree with you that the morals of America has declined over the years. It is a shame that things have gotten the way they have. I do believe a great deal of the worlds problems stem from the fact that more and more people are getting away from God. Common sense seems to be gone from society in most cases these days. Maybe one day we will all wake up, I hope it will be soon.

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