U.S. Government

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The United States was founded upon the principal of democracy, and so this principal needs to be carried forward into the new millenium in order for the United States to uphold the principals upon which it was created, and for which so many Americans have given their lives to preserve. The United States has always been viewed as a mediator to the world, and also as a diplomatic negotiator. Recently, however, the United States has had to address some difficult issues. The arrival at the answers to these questions is not easy, but it is necessary. In pursuing democracy into the next century, it is important for the United States to build a firm basis upon which it preserves democracy. The first issue that must be addressed is when the United States should take action in another country's problems, and when the United States should just sit back and allow the countries to work out the problems themselves.

This is a difficult problem to come up with a universal answer for, because every situation is different and has its own specifics that must be dealt with on an individual basis. One of the factors that must be considered is the relationship between the United States and the other country. This is an important factor to consider because it changes the way the United States must respond; if it is a country we are friendly with, they will be more likely to be open to our help, while an enemy country would not be willing to allow us to intervene freely, and so we would probably have to use more military force, thus creating more tension. Another factor to be considered is whether or not the occurrences in the other country are against universal human rights, or just the...