Main Entry: im—pe—ri—al—ism
1: imperial government, authority, or system
2: the policy, practice, or advocacy of extending the power and dominion of a nation especially by direct territorial acquisitions or by gaining indirect control over the political or economic life of other areas; broadly : the extension or imposition of power, authority, or influence <union imperialism>
As of 19 March 2003, the United States of America is officially engaged in imperialism.
Do you want that?
Think about the people in your life that you admire most. Do you think to yourself, "Tom is such a great guy; he is always extending his power"? How about, "Kristi is so nice; I love how she tries to gain indirect control over the economic situation of others"?
Do not tolerate actions by your government that you would not tolerate from your neighbor. That is the point behind the Declaration of Independence: "Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed".
Imperialism is not patriotism. Imperialism is arrogance.