Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Loyalty to one's country, or Loyalty to one's conscience

A distinction must be made between loyalty to one's country and loyalty to one's heart. I will use myself as an example. I am from Guam and although I am from Irish and German stock, I consider myself to be a native Chamorro. On the other hand, I am also a United States citizen, and an American. Many Americans' are loyal to the United States, however, some have expressed that in their heart, they do not agree with recent and even past policies that are made by those in the halls of Congress and the Oval Office. Humankind does have a moral conscience, or so I'd like to believe.

We were concerned when our President, against the will of the people, decided to invade a country, which seems to have personal overtones rather than actual legitimate reasons. But my opinion is just this-- an opinion. All are entitled to express themselves in whatever means they choose.

Once again, I must choose between my loyalty to my country and what I know in my heart to be wrong. Recently, Secretary of State nominee Condoleezza Rice went on record saying that at the time, the U.S. was prepared to invade Iraq, furthermore, was prepared for all contingencies which would include post-war containment and reconstruction. But the facts speak for themselves and this would lead me and others to believe that she is misdirecting the American public or actually believes her own truth, and in this sense, she too has loyalty, but to her President and not to her country.

Foreign policy has reached complicated proportions and although the United States remains the most powerful nation, it cannot control the entire world.

North Korea, Iran, Zimbabwe, Cuba and other nation states have their own political agenda which does not jive with U.S. policies and the role it plays in the international arena-- that of Big Brother. How many more shallow decisions will come from the Oval Office? Only time will tell.

I suppose the question of the day is, what is going on with Iran and what plans are being made, if any? I'd like to put North Korea in the mix as well, since Guam is a neighbor of this nation state. Comprehensive foreign policies must be of the utmost importance during this new term for Mr. President. Think tanks such as the CATO Institute and the Heritage Foundation are sure to have much to write about as George Bush, once again, takes his seat in the Oval Office. An election was won. Let us hope that we put the right person in office.

This is my observation and opinion and anyone who cares to comment may do so, of course.


Blogger Laane said...

It's a matter of priorities: loyalty to a country or loyalty to ones conscience.

And what does loyalty mean?

For many people loyalty means blindly agreeing with whatever happens.

But when one is asked to describe a loyal friend, one also says that loyalty means, among other characteristics, trying to get the other person strive for full positive development.
One is willing to accept a time of standstill, and evenb a change for the worse to some degree, but when the friend changes into someone who seems to have a different set of values and a different conscience, one decides to end the friendship.

Just some thoughts...

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Blogger Dakini said...

This is a comment in regards to what you wrote at the begining of this post:

"A distinction must be made between loyalty to one's country and loyalty to one's heart. I will use myself as an example. I am from Guam and although I am from Irish and German stock, I consider myself to be a native Chamorro. On the other hand, I am also a United States citizen, and an American."

I just wanted to share with you that I am thoroughly enjoying your blog. And I have a little story I would like to share with you, only fair as yo uare sharing so much with everyone on your blog. :)

I am also American and born from German/French/Scotish/Irish stock. However I was born on the Island of Guam back in 1975. When I was born, I was born at 26 weeks gestation and also technically dead. I was not breathing nor did I have a pulse. The Native doctors there choose to fight for my little life as did I. Being so tiny I had no lung development yet and was given blood transfusions for oxygen. The blood for the transfusions did not come from my own family as they did not have my blood type. Yet instead it came from the Native Islanders that my parents knew very well. My cells were still in the developmental stages and I believe that those Native Islanders who gave their life blood for me to live are still within me now. My cells needed their blood in order to grow strong and fully form. So I will always consider myself Chamorro.

As for the rest, good post!

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