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My 2 cents worth

won’t save the Republic, since 2¢ isn’t even worth 2¢ anymore; and what’s 2¢ faced with umpty-ump trillions of dollars anyway? But, I have a few comments:

To the Whiner-in-Chief’s complaint that a short-term debt limit increase means the Grinch will steal Christmas, there is a very simple answer: so, spend less and thus buy time before the debt ceiling negotiations need to begin again. Couldn’t this administration do that little bit for the country? (That is of course taking the complaint at face value; when we all quite reasonably suspect that really he’s just campaigning again. Does the man ever stop campaigning? Although, campaigning is the only thing he has talent for, so it is probably too much to hope that he could change his ways, just for a few months.)

To the Whiner-in-Chief & all of Congress, a point I made in an email to my Congressman the other day: you are borrowing 40¢ of every dollar you spend. I defy you to try that in your personal finances, and I cannot believe you have ever been so irresponsible when you were spending your own personal money.

To the Whiner-in-Chief & all the Democrats in Congress: You are collectively profligate beyond comprehension, and your contempt for honest, hard-working Americans, whose money you see fit to toss into the abyss, is appalling. Your profligacy ought to be seen as treason. You belong in debtor’s prisons, not in our federal government.

To all the Republicans in Congress who are resisting the level-headedness of the new (tea party elected) representatives: You are not much better. In fact, you may be worse: the (presumably) good men who did nothing to stop a great evil. AKA, enablers. You too wish to throw our money down the abyss. How dare you?!

Beyond that, Philmon has the best sum up of the situation. Go read him.

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And why is this a problem?

“But Jaziri’s supporters said he was targeted for his fundamentalist views.”

Please be honest when you consider this statement: “During WWII we should have tolerated Nazi views being preached in Lutheran churches in America.” Yes? No? Hell no?

And the difference would be what, exactly?

Peevish

He was peevish in victory. Just what are people expecting now that the world isn’t being handed to him on a platter?

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!

 

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