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Has it gotten that bad? Have we become so incapable of caring for ourselves that we must compromise all those things we stood for as a Nation? Must we prostitute ourselves and lay down with an oppressive nation to avoid the irrational fear of economic extinction?
It’s apparent that we, as a Nation, no longer make decisions based on ethics, morality and compassion for suffering. Oh, we thump our chests and make a lot of noise about humanitarian concerns abroad but the truth is, we are blinded to the reality others see. The truth is apparent to all the world. All those sweet sounding gestures, all that political rhetoric about “the land of free and the home of the brave,” all the speeches about taking a stand for freedom are no longer getting the world’s applause. We’ve damaged the way the world listens to us by selling out to economic interests. They know it, we know it but no one wants to be first the first to ask “What is that smell?” and acknowledge the hypocrisy. What, and risk loosing the bucks? I don’t think so. In public they will be silent while extending their hands for the dollars we give them. But, behind our backs they sneer at us with contempt….
The ignorant ones, those who feel guilty, respond by throwing money at the problems, both here and abroad. That only worsens matters: it rewards the behavior and invites more of the same….
Sadly, it doesn’t end merely with throwing money around. The guilt has become so pervasive that we no longer bat an eye at throwing young American soldiers at the problem. Even in the shadow of Vietnam, even with all the unacknowledged pain that conflict caused our young people, there is talk of attacking Iraq. As before, we talk a good act and speak of the evils of the Butcher of Baghdad. But, underneath, everyone knows it’s about oil. It’s about the economics of survival.
I doubt we will make an unprovoked attack simply to remove Saddam Hussein. To do so is to risk our relations with the Saudis and jeopardize our oil supply. In that contest, as with others, our economic interests will prevail over our principles. The almighty buck is now king,
No, this problem didn’t begin with the Saudis or the Chinese. It’s been around a lot longer than most would dare admit.
If those who died during the American Revolution and afterwards, were to speak now, I wonder what they would say? Would they be proud of us?p>Or … would there be tears? br> — Art Bianconi /p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?