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.
Forget that Gramm’s remarks about America being in a “mental recession” and that our fellow countrymen are a “nation of whiners” were insensitive, crass, stupid, and abominably ill-timed. They were just plain bad politics and trying to justify them as “true” in any sense whatsoever is the heighth of political ignorance.
To chastise your fellow countrymen who are genuinely worried about the way the world seems to be giving way underneath their feet as change and uncertainty sweeps across the country in the form of ever rising energy costs and a housing crisis to which there doesn’t seem to be any bottoming out bespeaks an obliviousness to the political realities of what is happening beyond your own small corner of the world. Your appeal to an economic Darwinism as a model for the American people to follow is as outmoded as it is despicable.
Nothing is more condecending than how the left tells their patrons how stupid and incapable they are and that they need the Dems to take care of them. Only thing is, is that they do it in a politically shrewd way.
Gramm's comments were true, but politically unwise.
When people complain about $5 a gallon gas but think nothing of paying $25 a gallon for coffee at Starbucks, I think that's a total disconnect for you. By any other name, that's "whining." And while I think a lot of the national malaise is self-inflicted and even imaginary, it does no good to talk down to the American people. It would have been better for Gramm to lay out the challenges that lie ahead and say that America, as in the past, would overcome the present difficulties. That's what FDR would have done, it's what JFK would have done, and it's what RR would have done. But Gramm is none of those folks.
Nations of whiners is an understatement. We are a nation comprised of increasing numbers of professional victims, crybabies, pampered overfed overnurtured, and miseducated fools, most of whom live better and longer than Louis XIV--the Sun King. What we call work is mostly busyness, the consistency of which is that most are busybodies and snoops. Gramm was too, too kind concerning the mini-mansioned, Luxus driven, lard butts who spend tons of money at their health clubs to make up for their sheer lack of physical movement beyond their bathrooms and bedrooms.
I speak as someone on the brink of foreclosure and bankruptcy, living on social security supplemented by part-time work who raised two now-twenty-year olds by himself since their infancy.
My parents knew hardship. Some of our poor still deal with hardship. But the vast majority of Americans are wallowing in an affluence unimaginable at any time or place in this world. And crying when they have to take a bus.