American Foreign Policy Position Paper: Trade, Sanctions, Debt, and Investment

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The United States has entered the 21st century as a beacon of freedom, equality and liberty. This nation's history of free-market economics combined with levels of tolerance and progressiveness unprecedented in the world has pushed it forward, when others have faltered. The horrific attacks of September 11th, 2001 shattered the sense of American security. America had been the untouchable force of democracy and capitalism. Formerly, a father to nations: instructing and assisting and a brother to nations: collaborating and interacting.

Now as America moves past 9/11, our traditions as a nation must not be allowed to disappear. The very foundations of our nation -- freedom, self-determination and individualism -- must triumph over adversity. The victory must come in every American action, both domestic and foreign. If America is to extend its place as an example to other nations, our foreign actions must reflect our values. So when the issues of trade, foreign debt, foreign investment and currency exchange are considering in up-coming discussions, the American tradition must be the guiding force of new policy.

The American goal must be now to extend its success, derived from free enterprise and market economics, to the entire world.

Party Mouth uses this philosophy to guide all of its proposals and in no area is that philosophy more pertinent than our foreign dealings with trade, sanctions, debt, investment and currency. In each area, the best program comes directly from the foundation of America. We must liberalize our trade, opening up our markets to outside investment. We must let American corporations move abroad freely, without trade barriers that hurt the American public. We must end the numerous unnecessary and unproductive sanctions we have placed on other nations, sanctions that punish not the target nation, but rather the American economy. We must begin to forgive the...