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Cougar Country

I haven’t felt much like writing recently. That must be obvious.

I’ve been wondering: is this how it felt in 1937? or maybe 1914?

I see the maelstrom approaching: an ever-encroaching federal government, nearly a failure at what it is supposed to do but dedicated to assaulting liberty and individuality more each day; the worldwide rise of anti-Semitism; the worldwide debt and currency crisis; the food crisis.

I see how we have already been affected. We haven’t travelled in years, not even a weekend away for our anniversary. We have cut out as much spending as possible. We need to cut some more. What we’ve got isn’t going to be worth much of anything, and it will need to last an indeterminate amount of time. This does not inspire confidence!

I see my neighbors, nearly all retirees living “the good life” and seemingly oblivious to the disaster that is preparing to pounce. They travel, they shop, they praise ObamaCare. When I wonder about their style of living, I remind myself that many of them have pensions paid for by taxpayers. They may feel insulated from financial difficulties now, but that situation will be changing, probably sooner rather than later. They do not seem even to have noticed that their financial situations are precarious.

And it is not just money, of course. The respect currently given to pernicious ideas takes my breath away.

Is this how it felt to be on the brink of world war, to witness the beginnings of the Holocaust?

We have all lived so well for so long. Do we have what it takes to weather the approaching storm? Is there anything at all that we can do to ameliorate the hard times coming?

We’re in cougar country. You can hike around any time of the day you like, even dusk and dawn; but if you fail to keep a lookout, it will be your own skin.

 

(I do still believe we’ll muddle through!)

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Oh, hello again, are you still hanging about?

The return of the violent leftists. Because communism is such a humane alternative to capitalism.

Yeah, right.

Yet another big lie

On what authority does Newsweek proclaim this is “the issue at the core of the Giffords tragedy”?

Why isn’t untreated mental illness the issue? Why isn’t the appalling lack of follow-up to the warning signs Loughner exhibited the core issue?

We understand that you still need to carry water for the half-dozen leftists who keep you in business. But there is something core which you have missed.

Dear Mr. Newsweek: you no longer own the language-space and you no longer are the arbiter of the core issues of anything. Go away.

Hey I could use one of those!

Waivers-R-US. When will they open it up to individuals who need a waiver from increased premiums?

Yes, I know, that’s not in the law. Presumably. Well, are we really really really sure about that? Has anyone read the entire Patient Protection blah-de-blah Act yet? Has Ms. Nancy said we’ve now officially found out everything that’s in it? Are you sure?

Because, see, I could really use some relief from increasing premiums. Me, the individual US-ian who is self-employed here.

Oh, that’s right: any minute now I can start gaming the system by simply not carrying insurance until (after) I need it. Except for that responsibility gene I got stuck with. Hmm …

Alternatively, we could ALL file for waivers. Drown the system. Didn’t Ms. Piven recommend that, back before she started recommending Greek-style rioting?

Utterly different, thank God!

My husband sent me the link to this article in Der Spiegel, on which he commented that the first part is a whitewash of Obama and the second part goes completely off the rails.

While true, that comes nowhere near describing the insanity of the writing. About the only thing the author, Klaus Brinkbäumer, gets right is this:

The US is different, completely and utterly different. Americans have a completely different understanding of social solidarity and the duties of the state.

Then, disregarding his own insight, the author proceeds with all the usual delusions:

• As descendants of immigrants, our opposition to illegal immigration is somehow an incomprehensible contradiction. (Why is it that leftists don’t understand the simple word illegal? Can they really be that stupid, that they just don’t see the difference between legal and illegal immigration? Is it that they do understand the difference, but they don’t like it, so they stupidly hope the rest of us cannot see through their obfuscation? Or do they stupidly still hope that we people of principle and logic will be cowed by their accusations of racism and hatred of immigrants?)

• We want to reduce the power of government (merely because “that’s the way our countrymen have always thought!”) but we want the President to lead us out of crisis. (Wrong in one, Herr Brinkbäumer.) Our true current crisis is spiritual; it is a battle for the soul of the nation. If the President were actually capable of leading us through that crisis, he would need no additional governmental authority (power) to do so. The bigger point, of course, which Herr Brinkbäumer entirely misses, is that the power of the American government does not actually rest in the President himself, but is carefully spread among several institutions, by the Constitution.

• Oh, but that nasty Constitution “irrevocably decrees that a senator from sparsely-populated Alaska has the same rights as a senator from New York.” Umm, yeah: that would be rather the point. That’s part of how we have spread the power around, so that ultimately it does not remain completely in the federal government and the hands of just a few individuals. Our current crisis was precipitated by the federal government’s power grab over the last several decades, in which the federal government and far too many American citizens abandoned our traditional and hard-won wisdom about the appropriate “duties of state” (to wit: few and far between). To revisit the previous point: we want to reduce the power of government, because our countrymen were right about the horrors that inevitably happen when the government has too much power.

There are many more inanities along these lines, but I cannot quite decide which of these following two quotes is more absurd:

Only the major newspapers still provide intelligent analysis, by people like the New York Times’ insightful and levelheaded columnist David Brooks.

-OR-

Naturally Barack Obama reacts in a more mature, adult way than his predecessor, George W. Bush.

But then, according to Herr Brinkbäumer, I’m just one of those older (read: out-of-touch & past my prime; therefore of course I have no right to impose my thinking on the so-enlightened youth, who are much more European and therefore correct), white (read: racist by definition), gun freaks.

To which I say: damn right I am! Therefore I recommend to you, Herr Brinkbäumer, that you try just a bit harder to understand and value (hey, you just love diversity, don’t you?) what makes Americans so utterly different from you & your socialist European demagogues (yes, I just called you the same name you called us; bite me) and see if you can come to some understanding, instead of blindly following David Brooks’s far left “insight” down the path of insanity.

Because we are utterly different from Europeans, and by God we intend to stay that way!

 

Dear Madam Pelosi

You wonder, so I’ll tell you:

No one is paying me to oppose the so-called Ground Zero Mosque. Unlike your side, our side doesn’t need to pay people to protest or to vote.

(And no, you could not possibly pay me enough to shut me up about this.)

Yours exasperatedly,

BigSmartHuman

PS: Thank you, NeoNeocon for the idea!

More on the mosque

Today, links to others (mostly so I can always find them; and yes, the very strong implication there is that I have bookmarked so many posts, my bookmarks are close to useless).

An essay  by Douglas Murray, beautifully and clearly written, at the Daily Beast, on the needless provocation of the Ground Zero Mosque. The money quote:

But for free and open societies, the answer to radical Islam is not Islam. It is free and open societies.

And if you are not reading Robert Avrech every day — well, why aren’t you?! Two recent posts sum up this issue far more succinctly than I can.

The theme that emerges is that Muslims demand and Christians/Jews/secularists yield. Well, why should that be the way of things? As you may have noticed in my previous post, I believe it is time for Christians, Jews, and yes even secularists to make a few demands ourselves.

It’s interesting to me that the Western left loves to invoke victim status for all sorts of people and to assuage guilt by advocating on behalf of all the people they have defined as victims. Well, we’re the victims here, folks; and by here I mean all over the globe, wherever Islamic jihad has victimized Jews, Christians, Muslims, women, gays. We’re the victims. So guess what: we do not owe Islam anything. We do not owe Islam a mosque so very near the World Trade Center site.

Anyone with any common sense will see that the point of this location for a mosque is to proclaim triumph. Well, don’t give them that. And if you are going to give them that, at least drop the sanctimony.

Thank you.

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