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.
Reason: The Eternal Return of Overpopulation. Well, I believe that there are too many people on the planet. Too many for what? That's a long answer, but let's just say for now that they are putting mini-mansions on some of the grouse coverts I grew up hunting.
Here Obama has spent two years bestowing upon the peasantry the "New Foundation" of a more regulated, socially engineered and therefore more humane society, and they repay him with recalcitrance and outright opposition. Here he gave them Obamacare, the stimulus, financial regulation and a shot at cap-and-trade -- and the electorate remains not just unmoved but ungrateful.
Faced with this truly puzzling conundrum, Dr. Obama diagnoses a heretofore undiscovered psychological derangement: anxiety-induced Obama Underappreciation Syndrome, wherein an entire population is so addled by its economic anxieties as to be neurologically incapable of appreciating the "facts and science" undergirding Obamacare and the other blessings their president has bestowed upon them from on high.
OK, Obama thinks that I am mentally disturbed. Of course I am. At least he didn't call me racist.
On the French, as one "qui les connaissent très bien", the is a vast, hard-working bourgeoisie in that country that is absolutely sick to death of manipulative unions, officious civil servants and indolent Muslim youth.
These are the people Sarko is trying to appeal to.
When the 35-hour work week was introduced in France a few years ago, a NATO buddy of mine, an officer in the French Army, told me a joke that was making the rounds of the barracks. I offer a translation here:
Q: Why are all the civil servants so upset about the new 35-hour week?
A: They just don't think it's fair that they'll have to work an extra five hours.
Overpopulation is the primary reason that the homosexual community has received so much 'silent' support from fence sitters in government. It is a subject we refuse to discuss publicly, so the extreme liberals believe that they have a great strategy-- homosexuality is a way to stop the problem!
"People make pretty irrational assumptions based just on where they live."
Indeed. I recently wrote the following comment in a Canadian blog in response to a question as to why the UK was home to so many "econuts" (specifically in and around London):
"As a Canadian who lived in the UK (London area) for many years until 2007, let me offer my thoughts on this.
Britain is a small country; most of its population is concentrated in very large urban agglomerations (the population base of the London area encompassed by the M25 motorway is two-thirds of the entire population of Canada!).
It is extremely easy if you live somewhere like, say, Croydon (in south London) to come to the conclusion that the world is somehow a cramped, overpopulated, over-industrialized, over-polluted place filled with cracked concrete and vehicle smog.
Many Brits appear to have no real sense of just how vast and empty the world actually is. Those British tourists who get out to Banff, or to the Australian outback - or the occasional intrepid Englishman who ventures to Siberia - are often simply gobsmacked by the sheer unpopulated natural SPACE.
And of course, the other thing is that, with just under twice the population of Canada crammed into such a small area, it's not surprising the UK would have exponentially higher concentrations of ecofascists and environmental crackpots.
(If more Brits actually cared to venture out from the city and head to the Highlands of Scotland, they'd perhaps begin to realize that even their own small island is really quite empty too!)"