Monday, December 10, 2012

United States A Superpower No More?

POLITICO ::: A new report by the intelligence community projects that the United States will no longer be the world's only superpower by 2030.

"In terms of the indices of overall power – GDP, population size, military spending and technological investment – Asia will surpass North America and Europe combined," the report concludes.
“Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds" — prepared by the office of the National Intelligence Council of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence — projects that the "unipolar" world that emerged after the fall of the Soviet Union will not continue.

Some readers have inquired about my personal political views and affiliations. I would describe myself as a federalist who would like to see a modernized version of the Whig party re-appear on the US political scene. There is one. I'm looking into it.

The original Whig Party existed during the era of Jacksonian democracy. Active from 1833 to 1856, the party was formed in opposition to the policies of President Andrew Jackson and the Democratic Party. In particular, the Whigs supported the supremacy of Congress over the executive branch and favored a program of modernization and economic protectionism. Today, we need to get our space program back on track. It is languishing right now. And we need the Keystone Pipeline, along with other programs to develop energy self-sufficiency.

By the way, the moniker "Whig" was selected to echo the American Whigs of 1776, who fought for independence, and because at the time "Whig" was a widely recognized label of choice for people who saw themselves as opposing autocratic rule. (An autocracy is a form of government in which the political power is held by a single individual.)

It's worthwhile to note here that Abraham Lincoln was a Whig leader in frontier Illinois. Among its leadership The Whig Party counted such national political luminaries as Daniel Webster, William Henry Harrison, and their preeminent leader, Henry Clay of Kentucky. In addition to Harrison, the Whig Party also counted four war heroes among its ranks, including Generals Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott.

The Whig Party was brought down by a faction that took it into a pro-slavery stance. The party was ultimately destroyed by the question of whether to allow the expansion of slavery to the territories.

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