If you want to get welfare, you have to put up with the agency's policies.
If your country wants to get US aid, then your country needs to respect the American value of equality for all people. The Dominican Republic gets lots of aid from us.
- He hates the people in question and simply wants to torment them. Or, perhaps more precisely, he hates what they are and wants to destroy what makes them what they are.
- His ego cannot tolerate being defied.
- He views the beliefs at issue as stupid and takes pleasure in punishing those who dare be so "wrong." This is a common human motivation.
- He wants to break the cohesiveness -- and therefore the resistance -- of the target people by forcing them to relinquish the beliefs binding them together.
Like him, you seem to think that the Dominicans are stupid and you are taking pleasure in punishing them for being so "wrong," and qualifying their aid as welfare demonstrates that you see them as inferiors who we need to drag into enlightenment. You are saying, in effect, that it's okay to insult them as long as we give them money, and they should just take it and shut up. That sounds rather condescending and illiberal, in the classic sense of the term, and puts the lie to your claim of equality for all people. You're treating them as serfs and getting upset that they object to it. That's not diplomacy, it's the arrogance that Obama claimed that America used to inflict on other nations (but never as much as when he was in charge). The hypocrisy is rather blatant.
And, they don't get a whole lot of money from us. The Dominican Republic will be getting about $23 million in aid next year, down from $28 million last year, and less than half of the $51.9 million that they got in 2009. When they no longer want or need our aid (which, at the current rate, will be in a couple of years), how are you planning to bludgeon them into accepting our newly minted values?
"He said, 'There are people around the president who believe that it is time to send a black ambassador,'" recalls Perkins. "He said, 'But not necessarily for the right reasons.'"
Schultz asked Perkins to think about the job overnight, but warned him that the appointment was so controversial that he couldn't talk to anyone but his wife about it. Perkins thought it over.
"My wife was the one who said 'You took an oath of office to go where needed when needed," Perkins says. "So how can you say anything but, 'Yes, I'll go'?"
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