Will this make up for the lack of blogging over the last few days? You decide. Since it's long, maybe you can read it in installments until my next post. Either way, I've decided it's probably better to update whenever the writing bug bites me, rather than worrying about having a post every day.
Ah, who am I kidding? I'll feel bad about it anyway. Anyway, enough with my lame excuses. Enjoy, (if you enjoy my posts, that is.)
A friend of mine saw this thread on Right-Thinking and decided to take the quiz linked, to see if he also was a not stupid American. I did as well, and got an 18/20, only to be berated for it:
You have an impressive understanding of the world for an American. It is likely that you feel intellectually isolated in your home country, and often have to hide your opinions from others. Deep down, you realise that your country is the single biggest threat to world peace in modern times, but you have not yet summoned up the courage to emigrate.
Of course, I love America and feel right at home here. Actually, I do often feel I have to hide my opinions from others, but only from embittered, smarmy liberals like the guy who runs that quiz site. I’d have to take issue to the “biggest threat to world peace in modern times,” etc. This guy smears feelings of rage and jealously all over his front page like a child’s finger painting, or maybe like feces on the wall of a monkey’s page.
He really doesn’t deserve an answer, but having spent much of the day reading Ann Coulter’s new book
, I’m feeling a bit cheeky (how’s that for European?) and thought I’d give a shot at responding to the rant on the front page
. Warning: this will not be very nice and will likely be extremely sarcastic. (Keep in mind that the "you" used below is referring to Mr. Hating America Is My Only reason To Live and not my gracious readers.)
First let me say that I scored 18/20 on your simplistic quiz and I proudly voted for President Bush (and Pete Coors) because he has done an excellent job as president. He, unlike you, understands the world and the true nature of the enemy Western Civilization faces. Unfortunately, appeasers such as yourself remain blind to this fact, preferring to embrace the Hitlers, Stalins, and Maos of the world, lest some people accidentially be liberated in the process.
You begin your rant by asserting that
In the few years he has been in the (sic) Whitehouse [gosh, I thought he was smart!], America has rapidly slipped from its position of strength in the world, and its people have had their freedom, security and economic stability jeopardised.
And where exactly is your evidence for any of this? I don’t see any country, or block of countries, seriously challenging the United States militarily, economically, or culturally. Even the French grudgingly continue to admit that the US is the only superpower. Our people have indeed had the three things you list jeopardized, but not by George Bush. Rather, by the Islamofascists and their ilk who attacked us on September 11th (and for 20 years prior to that) murdering 3000 innocent people, who were not even all Americans.
I’m glad to hear you “loathe Americans,” because that certainly puts your jealous, embittered comments in perspective. I’ll reciprocate and say that I loathe people like you who have an irrational hatred for the greatest country in the history of the world. You defend your generalization about Americans by saying “The trick is to generalise only where conditions appear to be averagely valid….” So, I guess since it’s “averagely valid” that a huge number of terrorists happen to be Muslim I can say it’s a sham to call Islam “the Religion of Peace”. I suppose I can also say it’s “averagely valid” that Europeans are whiners who have rejected the lessons of history and are now reaping the benefits of the appeasement that they have sown through Islamic terrorism.
You slander Americans by saying they have, “an inflated sense of self-importance, a near total lack of grace or empathy, almost porcine self-interest, and blinkered nationalism.” I’m afraid I’m not enough of an “enlightened European” to figure out what “blinkered nationalism” is supposed to mean, but I can address the rest. You know, if anyone has an inflated sense of self-importance, it has got to be the Europeans. Their empires have crumbled, they depend on the United States for their defense and their economic vitality, and their influence on world politics continues to diminish day-by-day. They whine and gnash their teeth if we don’t have the UN’s approval of something we do, or ever worse, doing something without the approval of France and Germany. Horrors! What would Napoleon and Otto von Bismarck think of your snivling? Not much, I imagine. As for a total lack of grace and empathy, hey, it’s not Americans who carry the stereotype of not bathing or shaving regularly.
A “porcine self-interest?” My, my, that’s certainly hypocritical for someone whose political affiliation is to any existing state. God forbid countries should act in their self-interest. A horrible thing, that is. Can you imagine those awful British for concluding it was in their self-interest to fight the Nazis in WWII, or those nasty French and their English rivals for building the Suez Canal in self-interest? (I’ve recently learned that it was in fact Alexander the Great who dreamed up the Suez Canal, and not Ferdinand de Lesseps. Thanks for clearing that up, Oliver Stone!) Neither of those was of any benefit to mankind! Because, you know, the other, non-American countries in the world, never act in “porcine self-interest.” That’s why top-level French and Russian officials eagerly took oil bribes from Saddam Hussein in exchange for their vetoes in the UN Security Council! That’s why China continues to keep is boot pressed directly on the neck of Taiwan and Tibet, lest they get any nasty ideas like independence, self-governance, or freedom!
And the next paragraph, where do I even start? Well, I can certainly say (being cultured enough to know the colloquialism this time) that our pride in our military strength, wealth, and contribution to Western civilization are, in fact, not bollocks. See above in regards to military and economic strength, but for our contribution to Western civilization, I seem to recall a document called The Declaration of Independence that the leaders of the French Revolution (and subsequent Reign of Terror) were rather fond of. I also seem to recall that the United States directly introduced democracy to Germany, Japan, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and preserved the governments of France, Italy, West Germany, Greece, Turkey, and South Korea from Communist takeover. We have also been indirectly responsible for democracy coming to Nicaragua, Russia and some of the former Soviet states, Poland and much of Eastern Europe, the Philippines, and others. America has contributed a great deal to the world, including inventing the critical components of the computer you used to write your screed, and very likely the software you used to write it. Again, you accuse the United States of never acting other than in its self-interest. I should hope so, which is why I voted for Bush twice (2000 and 2004, lest you feel tempted to spin silly election conspiracies). I wonder, though, why you’re so indignant about this when the countries of Europe have done exactly that throughout recorded history and continue to do so to this day, as every country in the world does. Only self-important “progressives” and others ignorant of history ascribe a negative connotation to states acting in their self-interest.
America is without question the land of the free and the home of the brave. I don’t see too many other countries where the population continues to oppose hate speech laws and whose all-volunteer military is as dedicated and as readily willing to sacrifice for their freedoms as ours (with the notable exceptions of Great Britain and Australia).
You whine that the US has not yet pacified Iraq and this is apparently evidence that American “military power is simply smoke and mirrors.” I suppose that means Japan’s failure to pacify China, Soviet failure to occupy Afghanistan (thanks to help from the United States), French failure to pacify Algeria and the Ivory Coast, British failure to keep control in India or Palestine, German failure to destroy Great Britain and the Soviet Union, and many others mean that those militaries were never of any consequence and people were just being panicky in worrying about them at all. You further claim that “Since D-Day, the US has demonstrated a total lack of military savvy.” You know, I’m really enjoying enlightening someone supposedly as smart as yourself to a little something I call “history.” You might want to check it out sometime. You’d learn about the Battle of the Philippine Sea, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Inchon, the complete destruction of the Tet offensive, Grenada, Panama, the strikes on Libya, the first Gulf War, and the swift victories in Afghanistan and Iraq. All occurred after June 6, 1944. You might want to make a note of that for future reference.
Another complaint is the alleged loss of respect for America in the rest of the world. Oh, I’m not so sure about that. The Ukrainians seemed pretty happy to have our support in their struggle for democracy, the Saudis exhaust themselves every day trying to make Americans like them, African countries love our foreign aid, Israel realizes that it has a true friend in the US, and the people in Northern Ireland understand where we’re coming from. But more importantly, why would the US want
the respect of countries who fall all over themselves to accommodate terrorists like Yasser Arafat and Saddam Hussein, who were perfectly happy to have the US come in and settle their problem in the Balkans for them, while condemning us throughout the entire process, who eagerly gobble up American money and culture only to despise it, who insult us at every opportunity, and who still worship at the altar of Neville Chamberlain?
You ask, “Before Bush came to power, who had heard of Al Quaeda?” Oh I dunno, maybe the families of the Kenyans and Tanzanians who were slaughtered in 1998 by that very organization, maybe the great Richard Clarke who did so
much about it during the Clinton administration, maybe the Sudanese who offered to arrest and hand over Bin Laden in 1996, or maybe the Saudis who wanted nothing to do with him? Certainly Saddam Hussein, who kept trying to arrange meetings with top Al Qaeda officials during the 1990s, and certainly the Taliban, who welcomed the group into the country they held hostage. Ann Coulter writes, “In the year 2000 alone, LexisNexis lists 280 items [in newspapers] mentioning Al Qaeda.” Since 2000 is before January 20, 2001, I imagine that counts as “before Bush came to power.” But I might be wrong, since you’re the history expert.
The bitter America-hater continues, And it's not even as if all this benefits the average American in any way. Far from reaping the rewards of their government's militaristic posturing, the American people are having their freedoms eroded, their economy punctured, and their personal safety put at risk.
Gosh, the American people seem to have a different view of how much it is benefiting them, or at least 51% of them do. By the way, you have still not given one shred of evidence for any of your charges. But I wouldn’t expect you to. “Progressives” love to deal in innuendo, insinuation, and outright falsehoods (see Moore, Michael), but facts to liberals are like sunlight to vampires.
Jealous as ever you write, “Another 4 years of Bush will see American even more isolated and weakened - economically, militarily, and politically.” I’ll enjoy seeing your reaction in 2008 after Iraq has had democratic elections, Tony Blair has been reelected and strengthened his support of the United States in the War on Terror, when our economy is doing even better and foreign leaders continue to visit the United States and beg for our support for Kyoto, the International Criminal Court, and a new ABM treaty (to all of which the answer will be, “Denied!”).
And this is just funny, “Just as America stood by and waited for Europe to weaken itself through war in 1939, before stepping in to grab the spoils and collects its money, it's now Europe's turn to wait quietly while America cripples itself with misguided wars and inept foreign policy.”
Gosh, the Americans sure stood by in 1939 and 1914, all the way to 1941 and 1917, but they didn’t do anything for Europe then, no. Remember how the Europeans came up with the Fourteen Points and financed the Marshall Plan? Oh, my bad. They didn’t. Yeah, how’s that double digit unemployment going for everyone in France and Germany? Not so hot? What about the Islamic terrorism in Holland and Spain? No? The bloated, socialist, unaccountable EU constitution? How’s the whole “freedom of speech” thing going in Russia? You might want to ask Mikail Khardokovsky, in his jail cell. And while you’re at it, ask Jacques Chirac about his wonderfully successful intervention in the Ivory Coast. I’m sure they love the French there. You guys have done a wonderful job reaching out to Turkey to invite it into the EU. Oh wait, you’ve blocked it at every turn. Silly me.
In the end, you’re just a bitter, jealous person who desperately wishes he was an American, so he could enjoy living in the greatest country God gave man and could push your naïve, discredited, progressivist (read: socialist) agenda here. Your ignorance of world history is astounding and your aversion to facts and evidence is typical. I hope you enjoy your smug inferiority complex until the discothèque down the street is blown up by Islamofascists. Us Americans will probably still help you out after you come crawling back to us in your disgrace and failure because, after all, that’s just the kind of people we are.