Well certainly I agree with those sentiments.
However while america is of course not really a democracy of form, it does function in some semblence of one.
As such, perhaps though nonexistant at the time of the Buddha, is not one, in part responsible for actions of such governments which in structure at least are thought to be representative of its peoples?
And do we not then in such a environment thusly ensure karmic fault be present with no action of other than the present personal responses as mentioned?
My personal opinion is that in such a environment americans must take some action in some regard as americans all are in a sense, participants in this thing of government. Certainly in the day of the teacher Buddha such could not said to be so;all being totally authoritarian structured governments. As such the totally personal response would seem truly sufficient.
So I agree and disagree. I think all americans bear karmic fault a bit if they take no actions of a political sort in this circumstance.
Of course if one is not a american this would not apply(which I assume is the specific), and the personal response would be totally appropriate.
And in final question..could we not take a side in a violent conflict..... if say we were a german in 1928 and it was clear on which side the most harm would occur?..... that semblence of a democracy that germany was at that time. Not of course to advocate for taking violence as means but to advocate for taking sides as means, to prevent violence from occuring....great violence that is war. Would this response elicited alow for that circumstance? Would a good buddhist then be doing that in 1928 germany?
Buddhism it seems as opposed to Jainism does allow for nations and armies and such as history attests to such. And explains why there will never be Jainist identified nations yet there are Buddhist identified nations..Buddhism seemngly does allow for the politic while Jainism generally does not.
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.