[ Thought provoking comment ]
[ZZ NewsPortal]: We came across a comment in Tim Blair's blog we thought worth sharing. Especially with our EU friends. Yes, we do have friends in the EU. We suspect more and more Americans are beginning to feel the way this commentor does. The anti-American rhetoric and crticism is beginning to take it's toll...
Eventually politcians get voted into power that support the sentiments of their constituents, like this one... it happens over time, but rest assured, it does happen and the body politic will begin to change to reflect it. This is becoming a typical common sentiment, scary but true: - ZZB
As an American, I dream (over and over) of the day the President goes on international television and announces that the US is officially closing it's wallet to any nation that is ungrateful for our benevolence, in other words almost all nations.
My dream is even better when America has pledged funds for a natural disaster, were called "stingy", and then back out of the pledge. Ideally, the President, in front of the Congress and on international television, would reiterate the amount money we had pledged, announce our withdrawal of the money, play the clip of Mr. "Morally Superior to You" [presumably Chirac?] saying what evil people Americans are [ or at least the present US leadership], and then cite Mr. Morally Superior as the reason the money will not be forthcoming. And, I want the President to do this again and again every time something bad happens and people feel they are entitled to our money, but then look our gift horse in the mouth.
During the last four years, Americans have had it beaten into our heads that the world hates us. We also have had it beaten into our heads that nothing we ever do or don't do will make the world stop hating us. Nothing we ever do is good enough, especially in the eyes of Europe. I have also noticed that the most self-centered ruthless unapologetic bastards around, China, get a free pass. After all when Bush came to Australia, the Parliament members wanted to shout and protest during his speech. When the Chinese Something-or-Other Minister came to deliver a speech to Australia's Parliament, all the MPs were given explicit instructions to sit down, shut up, and behave. Maybe we should recast our foreign policy to look more like China's?