Presently, America is facing an assortment of tribulations, both a broad and internally. The on going war on terror both in Iraq and Afghanistan, the federal debt crisis, and global economic recession are some of its big challenges. The superiority of the nation is under threat from both economically and military aspects. The stagnant economy characterized by imbalanced import export trade and the recent volatility of the dollar sums up some of the principle problems afflicting U.S. Countries like China and India have over the past decade exceedingly increased their exports trade threatening the U.S’s superiority in international trade. China over the years has advanced its military expenditure climaxing in the acquisition of a military an airplane carrier and the on going development of stealth technology, (Heffner 1).
Evidently, the economic difficulty currently witnessed is the possible cause of other reported predicaments facing the nation. According to Heffner, the economic difficulty the U.S is presently facing is at a magnitude never encountered by any other nation in history. Heffner reports that, the present fiscal issue runs so deep that in some aspects the U.S is comparable to a developing country. He claims that the nation no longer makes enough products for self sustainability. This is evident in continued borrowing that has raised the national debt to unsustainable limits.
Examples of strength from everyday life includes running to gain power of resistance, throwing objects, weight lifting, playing football and even walking. What ever the form of strength described, it involve the use of force and has a concept of power. According to Stone, irrespective of the manner in which strength is used, power is either given out or gained. In spite of the diverse calamities facing the U.S, it still has some strength. At this time of vast economic difficulties, the U.S should use this strength to overcome the inherent difficulties.
Strength has varied definitions. According to Stone, the word strength has found use in the description of several words with dissimilar meaning. Words like endurance, power and resistance all have varied meanings but have found use in the description of strength. Stones reports different definitions and points out their limitations in the description of strength. For instance, Steindler in 1935 defined it as the utmost exhibit of power.
However, this definition appears to substitute strength with power whose meaning is equally ambiguous. Reportedly, another definition forwarded by Muller in 1970 noted that strength is synonymous to a maximum force exerted in opposition to a resolute resistance by a solitary contraction. Stone notes that the deficiency in the definition lies in the condition for a maximum force. However, the notion of force production in dispensation of strength and speed of movement is significant in the description of strength. Stone proposes a definition of strength that sees it as ability. The formal definition of strength is “the ability of the neuromuscular system to produce force” (Stone 1). This definition portrays strength as synonymous to force but has the ability of eliminating the isometric boundaries previously imposed.
In line with the persistent economic crisis, it was a show of strength and heroism when the American government acted in earnest to rescue the automotive industry which neared collapse. The demise of Multinationals like general motors would have resulted in unbearable economic difficulties, (Heffner 1). The automotive industry employs thousands of people and directly or indirectly supports millions of the citizens. The changes brought by the government have in the preceding year assisted the industry reverse to profitability.
The past months have witnessed the increment in the exceedingly high national debt to higher limits, making it increasingly difficult to service. Heffner notes that it is controversial that the U.S continuously borrows to enable it maintain the status of a superpower when in practicality, it is consuming more than it produces. This is evident in the ever widening gap in import export trade. He denotes that the U.S’s role in international trade is under threat and that the present trend will lead to an over dependence on foreign imports. Reportedly, this has the effect of leading to a diminishing self sufficiency and capacity for self defense, (Heffner 1).
The strength of the U.S is dependent on its ability to influence international policies. This way, it can dictate stipulations that favor its development both domestically and internationally. Over the years, several industrial conglomerates have relocated abroad in search for cheap labor and ready markets. This has in effect led to the closure of several plants within the nation. However, bold steps like the fiscal bail out of the automobile industry, is aimed at creating more jobs locally. It will also help jump start the approximately stalling export trade.
When viewed as ability, strength becomes an intrinsic character. In light of the present difficulties experienced within the borders of the united state, an extensive ability is vital in finding a solution. It was a show of financial strength and might the liberation of the motor vehicle industry. While similar strengths may not solve the present difficulties of joblessness and homelessness, a dissimilar approach with similar outcome would suffice.
America must use its strength to secure its borders and solve the immigration quandary, use strength to secure the economy, use its strength to create jobs and use its strength to create sustainable settlements for the homeless. Additionally, it can use its strength to successfully end the wars abroad, reduce the huge fiscal deficit, and for once solve the global recession challenges. Strength is ability, a significant resource that when put to excellent use has the potential to generate economic excellence.