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HOW PATRIOTISM & THE MEDIA ARE SAVING UNITED STATES FROM A MESS

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America has never been in this type of mess, so report the United States media. The world’s leading democracy, say the media, has also never been this disunited in the history of representative democracy that America has championed over the past few centuries. There have regrettably been allegations and counter allegations of misdeeds involving top government functionaries, the media and Americans generally. A sitting president declares himself the reelected candidate, usurping the powers of the electoral institution charged with that responsibility. Allegations of fake news fly between the president and the media. There is tension and an incredible high level of mistrust. People say it has never been so bad and the current situation is capable of eroding United States’ credibility as the world’s foremost democracy. THE INFLUENCE OF AMERICA  Those who wonder why the whole world’s focus must be on the electoral contest must engage in introspection. Kofi Annan, the seventh UN Secretary-General spoke about the influence of the United States several times during his very impressive career. Annan, in the Truman Presidential Library speech noted that: ‘’Today the actions of one state can often have a decisive effect on the lives of people in other states. As President Truman said, “the responsibility of the great states is to serve and not dominate the peoples of the world.” He showed what can be achieved when the US assumes that responsibility. ‘’And still today, none of our global institutions can accomplish much when the United States remains aloof. ‘’But when it is fully engaged, the sky’s the limit.’’ That is one good reason why the whole world needs to encourage the United States to continue to engage positively with the rest of humanity and the United Nations, as well as remain a shining example for democratic conducts. PATRIOTISM & THE SITUATION IN AMERICA In all societies, the objective of people functioning in representative democracies is the promotion of the public good.  Every so often, those who govern speak about the public interest or public good. What constitutes public good or public interest? The citizens of any democratic nation are at the core of democracy. The public good, therefore, refers to that which serves the interest of not one, two or three people; but that of the entire populace. The 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt spoke about the responsibility of the ordinary American in an essay entitled “Lincoln…

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