In Spring 2009, as a junior at a private Catholic university, I took a class called Language & Prejudice. As our final assignment we had to choose one person whose writings we admired - or something like that - and give a presentation on this person's writing style and so forth. I chose Ron Paul's "Imagine" transcript written in his Texas Straight Talk column. I only read the first few paragraphs..and my classmates loved it; including this part:
Imagine if some Americans were so angry about them being in Texas that they actually joined together to fight them off, in defense of our soil and sovereignty, because leadership in government refused or were unable to do so. Imagine that those Americans were labeled terrorists or insurgents for their defensive actions, and routinely killed or captured and tortured by the foreign troops on our land.One of my peers said, "I never thought of it that way." In other words, he realized that the golden rule isn't not being applied in our foreign policy - or that we fail to take into account what it would feel like if the "opposition" was doing it to us.
Without ever having studied foreign policy in-depth, this one piece of writing convinced me that foreign policy should take into account the golden rule. But then again, as a Christian, shouldn't this have been taking into account a priori?