American Idealist And Realism Views

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American idealist and realism views Idealism and realism are two motivational factors for American war and peace. America has always been more of an idealist when going to war and realist at the peace table. Evidence of this can be seen in two of the earliest American wars, the Revolutionary war and the Mexican war. From the willingness of Americans to get up and fight the oppression of the British, to the financial settlements for land obtained during the Mexican war, America demonstrates that this statement is true.

In the history of the world, there has never been a government with the same idealistic beliefs that America has demonstrated since it?s inception. Beliefs such as independence, equality for all men and women, God given rights of humanity and freedom of the individual. Although it was the very first American war, these idealistic views were shown true even then. From the independence driven mind-set that brought this country to freedom to the acceptance of trade agreements in its infancy, America fought the revolutionary war with idealistic beliefs that they were destined to win.

In the beginning these views showed through the rebellion against tariffs of Britain such as the stamp act and the Townsend act. Plus, the idealist view was strong in motivational speeches of freedom given to rouse the common man to want to fight for his freedom. It was these idealistic views that brought America through the Revolutionary war and those hard first years. It was also these views that allow America to once again fight for the expansion of freedom in the Mexican war. Most nations throughout the world expected America to lose to Mexico because it had a standing army four times the size of Americans. However, America hardly expected Mexico to put up a fight at...