We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Mitt Romney branded Barack Obama’s economic policies “European” in his speech last Tuesday after Rick Santorum’s withdrawal from the Republican primaries. As a British citizen living in Italy, it was music to my ears to discover that “European” has at last become an all-purpose term of abuse, at least in America, for a good reason...
The "European" label has a number of positive rings to it. It is a master stroke as a campaign strategy.
1) It finesses the "Socialist" label, which many libs dismiss, but it is still accurate.
2) It is an implicit nose-thumbing at the libs who have the opinion that were the US to change its current ways to follow All Matters European, the US would be a lot better off.
3) It hearkens back to our immigrant roots. Our ancestors left the old country because they didn't like the way things were back in the old country. The father of an uncle by marriage immigrated from Ireland. He had a certain nostalgia for the auld sod, but when push came to shove, he was where he wanted to be. When my uncle was a child, he once said to his father that Ireland must have been a pretty nice place, having heard some nostalgia about the auld sod from his father. His father replied that if Ireland was such a nice place, he wouldn't have left it. I have no other such family tales about the old country, but suffice it that a number of ancestors fled religious persecution.
4) Not to mention WW1, WW2, and the Cold War.
The wisest thing Europeans ever did was to found and populate the Anglosphere.
It has saved their spendthrift behinds more than once, and will do so in the future, no doubt, as long as Europeans don't export their numerous half-baked "isms" to the Anglosphere as a substitute for individual liberty.