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There is little grace or beauty in the Obama-Hating crowd. For they are generally dull and uninformed people.
A must read.
If by ‘concrete-headed, ignorant, and arrogant group of people,’ you mean those of us who were (and remain) unimaginably pissed off by the unjustified 9/11 attacks on our country, and by the pussified, back-biting, loathsome egoism of the failing-state Eurabians and their US-wannabee-but-can’t-stand-themselves for-it cousins, the Canadians, I can only say I’m glad to be counted among them. Moreover, everyone across the water or the border who doesn’t like it can just kiss my ‘concrete-headed, ignorant, and arrogant’ American a$$.
It may look like strength to people who have no courage, no dignity, and no history of standing up for themselves or taking care of themselves, but from here it looks like little ‘Bama-boy’s taken the ‘please don’t hurt me’ approach to dealing with mean people and bullies. He may have a plan, and he may be following a script designed to play well in washed-up old Europe or among the inbred-misogynists of the middle east or in dying Russia, but most Americans see Europe and even Canada as the Lands of Lost….well…Everything. For many of us, the rest of the West has no strength, no dignity, no reason even to exist, except to take without giving, to demean without leading–to serve as nothing but an example of the decrepitude and self-pitying, pap-eating, soylent green future the rest of the world will face if it follows the same self-destructive path.
And people wonder why I am so totally for open immigration? How could anyone who can think or see what is happening to Europe, Russia, Canada, and Japan not be!
You know, a very smart fellow named Thomas Cahill wrote an excellent book titled “How the Irish Saved Civilization,” in which he discusses how Ireland became the storehouse of western knowledge and culture during the dark ages. It may be a bit of stretch to say so, but as I see it, most of the West is facing another dark ages, except it won’t recover from this one because all the life–the core essence of humanity that fuels our survival–has finally been all but bred out of the overly nice, overly peace-loving peoples of the Western world.
And the US? Well, if we don’t allow ourselves to become like the continental Europeans, if we keep encouraging immigration and letting our nation evolve as new peoples and new bloodlines are added to it, the US will survive intact and probably even prosper. And the connection to Cahill’s book is this: I see the US taking on the role of Ireland during the dark ages. All of us here today, regardless of our status or caste are descended from the smart and the tough who left those old places to find better places. We all carry within us what I’ve heard referred to as the ‘warrior’ gene, which in this case means the essence of that inner fire that makes people fight to survive–the drive that God put in all the strongest species on the planet. If the West falls into ruin and decay, it damn sure won’t be because the U.S. took it there, it’ll be because the old world finally collapsed in on itself, just as the Warsaw pact did in the ’90s
In fact, I suspect India and China are evolving toward primacy on Earth, but the US will be there too, only we’ll be there alone of the western nations (except maybe Britain and Germany, both of which may still have it in themselves to fight their way back from the brink of dissolution). As for the rest, I suspect these are the end days, give or take 100 years, which is really funny considering how the rest of the world looks at the US with disdain and loathing. Personally, I’d say they need to look to themselves and forget about us because the barbarians are hammering at the gates again, only this time they’re bringing babies and a religion that says ‘Europe is a disease. Islam is the cure.’
And finally, although I hate to see Islam win, I can’t say I mind the idea of Europe losing. Maybe it’s time for some new management over there, and the reign of some people who–if nothing else–don’t think of themselves as too smart or too intelligent to talk to God, or too cool to even allow for his existance. People who may not agree with our choice of God, but who also don’t mock us as ignorant hicks for believing, the way most Europeans do.
And you say we’ve a group of “concrete-headed, ignorant, and arrogant” people? Yeah, pot and kettle to me, my friend… pot & kettle.
As we debate with our good friends and Bush-apologists from Argghhh! penetrating through the minutiae, we mustn’t loose site of the elephant hovering over their arguments.
There is no precident in our recent history as a nation of any president being discussed in terms such as “the worse”, or “most hated”, “disaster”, “fiasco” etc.
I raise this subject in hopes at least maintaining a certain level of mutual honesty and their respect for us. We did not write all those books and articles (like the recent one below). We are just a few of the very, very many.
On any given day, we can read new articles such as this one.
Back in the year 2000, when George W. Bush lost the popular vote and was shoe-horned into office by the Supreme Court in spite of clear conflicts of interest on the part of Scalia and Thomas, the psychology of Little George was known to only a few. To most of us he seemed like
a doofus–a more or less well-meaning guy who enjoyed running things like baseball teams and the State of Texas if not too much work was involved. Had been an alcoholic and a drug user, but had apparently come clean in some hazy, quasi-religious way–that was his personal history to many Americans (if not to all those who met with Karl Rove behind closed doors and heard the truth).
Frank and I agree on nearly everything despite his claim to the contrary.We were both, as I imagine most OneUtah readers were, pleasantly surprised to meet John of Argghhh! who came over from his MilBlog after I commented there during my evening stroll through the Milblogoshere. John swept in like a breath of fresh air with a series of honest and thoughtful comments (as blog master of one of the top Military blogs) on my favorite subject.
Side Note: As many of you know, my fascination — possibly an obsession — with understanding the mind began in 2004 when it became clear that even after 3.5 years of overwhelming evidence that Bush had lied us into war and his administration was dangerously ideological, so many Americans still supported him.
For me at least, todayâ€™s political climate today provides an especially rich opportunity to engage the thinking (or refusal thereof) of the increasingly rare, self-organized communities of people who STILL support Bush and buy into his world paradigm. End Side Note
As Frank points out, John, like Frank, is a politically conservative MilBlogger against the invasion of Iraq while being a supporter, albeit reluctant, of our military posture in the Middle East.
Whatâ€™s interesting is that John is openly critical of Bush et. al.
â€œFor the record – I wasnâ€™t in favor of invading Iraqâ€¦. Lord knows the post-war was handled badlyâ€ and â€œAnd Iâ€™ve consistently called for More Heads! More Heads! over Abu Ghraibâ€
Disclaimer: The following is not meant as a personal attack. I realize the words â€œtribalâ€ and â€œtribeâ€ conjure images of savages and cavemen. I do not mean it that way. I wish there were a better word to describe this very common animal trait, but there isnâ€™t. We all have tribe in us. Nice words for the same are loyalty, team player, allegiance, trustworthiness, incorruptibility etc. but in the interest of clarity and honesty, I use the word tribe and itâ€™s derivatives at certain risk of offending everyone.
But John is also clear about his loyalties. Clearly far from the from the type described in â€œConservatives Without Conscienceâ€ John still describes an implicit context of the â€˜other sideâ€™. With observations — to paraphrase — like; the democrats are bad too, progressives are tribal too, and â€œthe MSM trends liberal.â€
The problem with the tribal paradigm is that it necessitates seeing others through that lens. It requires the tribal mind to identify others first as friend or foe and assumes an allegiance to all members of a preconceived opposition/enemy group.
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