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.
A Berkeley commentator tries to explain why a French friend is afraid to visit "savage America," and provides a glimpse of the distortions, lies, and fear-mongering which substitute for thinking in the current American Left. One quote:
The Bush Administration believes not only that the President is above the law, but also that he defines the law. That the office of the President prescribes American reality. While giving lip service to democracy, they disdain majority rule, seek to form a plutocracy. This is the savage America revered by political conservatives.
Read it all. This guy lives in a different reality from the one I live in. If I believed what he says, I'd be very upset too: these are the folks who will be puzzled if Bush doesn't stage a military coup before 2008.
Image: The Feast of Attila the Hun, by Mor Than. Contrary to common impression, Attila was educated in Rome, in the court of Emperor Honorius. That education, however, never affected his imperialist, warlike nature.
Those who came up with the second one didn't get the word from those who came up with the first.
There will be no 2008 election. If Bush=Hitler, W isn't as good as Adolf, having already allowed the 2004 election. But that's actually a Rovian plot to calm and confuse the masses before the 2008 coup. (Karl is SO smart/cunning/devious/devilish/etc.,etc.)
And I ought to know: I'm currently being held in a secret underground prison near Nevada, MO to prevent my disclosing the plot.
Euros, with the Phwench at the top of the list, have no concept of the US beyond what their media gives them. A while back I had some Phwench visitors at my home and they noticed that I kept my trash cans in a carlike thing near my back door. They asked about it keeping trash cans in the open like that. I assumed that it bothered their neatness sensibilities or that, perhaps, in Phwance one was not allowed to have trash cans in the open. But that wasn't it at all. They wondered how I wasn't concerned that homeless people would come rummaging through my trash. No kidding. They were serious. They honestly believed that there were legions of homeless people wandering EVERYWHERE in the US eating from the savage capitalists trash cans.
This is nothing new. It has been this way since we were mere colonies. The fact of the matter is that the Euros have no interest in actually understanding the US since that would assault their sense of superiority. We must, in their minds, remain savages who slaughter the red people, beat the black people, and leave our garbage out for the homeless to eat.
Now that I've read the whole thing I realize I should have added the Berserkeleys along with the Euros. What a bunch of silly twaddle that article was. The author believes all the same nonsense the Euros do.