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.
" America is the only country ever founded on an idea. The only country that is not founded on race or even common history. It’s founded on an idea and the idea is liberty. That is probably the rarest phenomena in the political history of the world; this has never happened before. And not only has it happened, but it’s worked. We are the most flourishing, the most powerful, most influential country on Earth with this system, invented by the greatest political geniuses probably in human history."
“Founded on an idea”. Therefore we need to blindly serve this “idea” regardless of the consequences for the citizens. Therefore we need to fill the country as rapidly as possible with a voting majority of people who believe in completely different ideas.
Apparently the genius of the Founding Fathers was to create a political version of one of those novelty joke machines that you switch on, and all it does it switch itself off again.
He thought the Iraq war was a good idea, too: Find a bunch of people loyal to their clan and their religion, and try to kill enough of them to convince the survivors to start worshipping the Magna Carta. Then they too will want to fill their country with immigrants to provide cheap labor and vote for politicians who hate the local population. Then everyone will be happy, except of course the ones who aren’t politically connected and rich. But who cares about them?
Krauthammer did evil things with good intentions, because he thought a sufficiently charming idea trumps reality. We recognize that syndrome when the left does it. We’ve heard “I bet this’ll work if we just keep killing people long enough” before. It’s evil, it’s stupid, it’s a bad idea. It is evil in conception and evil in its effects. Good intentions don’t excuse it. Good intentions are what create and sustain it.
" Find a bunch of people loyal to their clan and their religion, and try to kill enough of them to convince the survivors to start worshipping the Magna Carta."
Actually, the effect is more like "kill enough" so the survivors start to think twice about effing with us.
Well, Gerard, I guess we just didn’t kill enough of them.
So what’s the current version of the rationale for going over there and killing everybody who didn’t salute? For a few years, it had to do with bringing the blessings of democracy to the ones we hadn’t killed yet. We were helping them. In theory. But when you start with good intentions, the past just keeps on changing.
Krauthammer was probably the most brilliant idiot on teevee. When he said "country," what he meant was "government" (that's why he later refers to "this system") and even there he was wrong.
The American political system was based on the shared history of self-government as functionally independent colonies. For a couple generations our ancestors looked after themselves; it worked, and they noticed. When George III wouldn't take their side against the British parliament, they told Georgie to screw himself and went it alone. They knew it would work because it already had.
That's why what we call the American "Revolution" was no revolution at all. The victors simply continued running their own lives.