August 2, 2005
Although the slippery slope argument is filled with fallacy, it is impossible to deny its merit in the last two days of news in Washington. With the recess appointment of John Bolton to the U.N. ambassadorship and the signing of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), Bush is flexing his self-granted political muscles in frightening ways. Despite striking opposition from both sides, our government continues to neglect moral observation in favor of legal loopholes.
Recess appointments should be used responsibly. It is doubtful that our founding fathers intended the President of the United States to appoint a man to a high office whose credibility and attitude do not satisfy the will of the people. Bolton has spoken out against the United Nations on several occasions. He has claimed that the United States is the only true world power and that it should rule as the sole international governing body. As a member of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), the Washington think tank that follows this ideology, is this the man we would like to represent our country in a world-governing body?
The signing of CAFTA is another step toward globalization and American unipolarity. By removing tariffs with Central American nations, the United States may falter to further globalization due to a decrease in demand for domestic goods.
It is scary to think that we live in a country where fewer and fewer goods that contribute to our subsistence are being produced every day. We are a nation fueled and propelled by information. We produce very few goods ourselves and for all intents and purposes, we are the CEO’s of the metaphorical corporation that is the rest of the world. This might be neat or innovative, but I don’t think you can eat information. Let’s ensure we’ll be able to eat before it’s too late.
Wake up, America.