American Theocracy – A Quick Look

• A country’s ability to develop a single energy resource for profit and power is strongly linked to its ability to become a global hegemony. As history has shown us, the main issue with this pursuit is due to past world economic powers inability to transition from one energy source to the next. The question here lies within the United States’ capacity to transition from oil to a post-oil system as word oil supplies are expected to decrease significantly by 2020.
• Oil symbolizes American independence and fulfillment. This is partly due to the fact that it was so plentiful for two centuries in many U.S. states. Evidently, it is a defining characteristic of American lifestyle. This has caused politics to represent oil interests.
• Overall, the Iraq War is about securing oil supplies in the Middle East and the U.S. continuing its exertion as a global power. Although there are three other reasons why the U.S. decided to invade Iraq in 2003; linking the war on terror to its oil objectives, to ensure that U.S. dollar’s role in oil transaction as a means to remain the global currency, creating an appeal to the Christian right who viewed it as a destruction of the new Babylon, en route to Armageddon and redemption. All of these reasons have fused what is known as petro-imperialism, which is a combination of oil interests, foreign policy and overseas military invention, also known as the Iraq War.
• The Christian religion has always had missionary undertones in the United States, most specifically the Protestant sect. Come the 20th century, religious fanaticism took on a new face as missionaries refocused their efforts on salvation through the anticipated return of Christ via end of times countdowns. The presidency of George W. Bush affirmed the belief that supposedly, the United States is a nation of God’s “chosen people”.
• Phillips proclaims that the culture of the South has had a significant effect upon U.S. politics, specifically referring to the profusion of the Southern Baptist Convention and the election of George W. Bush. He exemplifies this by stating that for the first time in history, the following states -Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania – voted against the successor of Bill Clinton.
• The presidency of George W. Bush is not the first time the United States has experienced the reign of a political party that encompasses southern ideology coupled with fundamentalism and inerrancy of the Scripture that allows for a drastic shift in national government. The only other time that a president has ever had such a profound effect on the ideology of government is the presidency of Democrat Andrew Jackson, beginning in 1828.
• Regardless of religious identity, the main concerns of Americans during the early 2000s were the following: “immortality, decadence, crime, terrorism, private and public corruption, moneyed politics, greed and luxury, and the stratification of wealth and power” (218). However, definitions and emphasis on these issues varied significantly depending on ideology.
• The economic transformation surrounding the finance, insurance and real estate sector is largely attributed to financial deregulation of the 1980s, in which its sector accounts for 20 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). The rapid growth of debt, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s, is directly connected to the growth of the financial services.
• A behavioral pattern associated with the development of capitalization is the time period where the leading capitalist nation undergoes innovative invention of complex financial instruments, which eventually surpasses the production of real goods and services.
• By the beginning of the 21st century, the United States faced many risks being the world’s largest debtor and borrower. Furthermore, the U.S. was running many trade deficits due to the fact that it consumes more than it exports. Evidently, the world economy has clout on the U.S consumer. This is largely due to the fact that the manufacturing sector has declined tremendously in the United States, allowing Asian economies to pick up where they left off.
• In more or less words, Phillips holds the Republican Party responsible for the proliferation of oil dependency, indebtedness and radical religion, particularly since 2000.

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