Not a winning strategy for TAS readers. Inflation paranoia. Eurotrash spurned. Plus more.
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(Except…well, except nothing.)
I guess I must be stupid, because I believe all of those.
— A. C. Santor
I am not an economist nor am I enlightened like The One. Maybe he
(or is He proper?), Bernanke or Geithner can help me
understand, if that which goes up must come down, does that also
mean what, the economy, has gone down have to stay
— Ira M. Kessel
Rochester, New York
EVEN CLINTON COULDN’T MAKE US CARE ABOUT
Re: Doug Bandow’s Kosovo a Year Later:
When Bill Clinton launched his jingoistic adventures in the Balkans he assured the American people we would be there for a limited time. Nearly two decades later America is stuck in a Balkans quagmire where we are supporting Muslim thugs and human traffickers — not something that normally offends American liberals, but still not a pleasant picture. This a European affair and Europe should deal with it. In this new age of “enlightenment” isn’t it time to create a new foreign policy paradigm with Europe?
As the country looks for a way to pay for Obama’s “stimulus package” the first step should be divesting ourselves militarily from Europe — a process that could begin by ending our armed adventurism in the Balkans quickly followed by an end of our military occupation of Germany, Italy and Spain. We could finally declare “Mission Accomplished” for FDR’s invasion of Europe 60+ years after the fact. By withdrawing our troops from the Balkans and soon after all of Europe we would be demonstrating that we recognize Europe as a full partner on the world stage. If nothing else we’d be forcing them to pay for the defense they’re willing to pay for and provide.
It is time for a new and audacious approach to US and European
relations that rejects the old and treats Europeans like adults
and quits wasting US tax payer dollars on “military welfare” for
prosperous Euro Trash.
— Michael Tomlinson
Jacksonville, North Carolina
WORST, WORST CASE SCENARIO
Re: William Tucker’s Paved with Renewable Mandates:
Ah! Glorious days are upon us now. Dingy Harry wants wind farms so we can kill more raptors. The poor, dumb creatures get so intent on their voles, mice, and rabbits they fail to discern the whirling blades and are decapitated. President Obama wants carbon taxes. Nobody wants to use any fuel that exists in abundance in the US, like coal, gas and nuclear. I think if the democrats are successful in their efforts to disrupt the power grid that will move them much farther along in their drive to control every aspect of American life.
Can’t you just see it? It’s 6:30 PM. (1830 hours to you military types) and all over the country stoves fail to heat, decomposing meats and the concomitant juices are dribbling from refrigerators. The olfactory sensation is stupendous! In history this epoch will be called “The Time of Great Stench.” Children are keening pitifully, their empty stomachs pressed against their spines, men seeking trees to feel for fuel to cook. Snares appear everywhere. Since refrigeration no longer is reliable the only food is birds and squirrels. Guns have long been outlawed so only gang members have them. Pillage, rape, and plunder in suburbia is a daily occurrence. Most children born are the result of this, women are the most traded commodity. The nation is in a violent chaos.
Suddenly a new messiah appears on the American political scene. A bright-eyed woman of 65, Chelsea Clinton! Ms. Clinton asks the people to come out of their darkened houses, and light a torch — The Sierra Club dispatches assassins immediately — to symbolize the new light of her reign. She will issue computer chips to all registered Democrats. The chips will allow those implanted people to move to the newly established “refrigeration” zones where power is both reliable and abundant as is food — in exchange for all their freedoms. Jobs will be assigned, spouses will too to insure a eugenically pure America. No person will be permitted to marry within their race — diverse marriage will be required. Health care will be provided without cost to those who qualify as Democrats. Homes will be exactly alike but free. No color variation will be permitted. Children, not required to be aborted for governmental reasons, will be taught what they can and cannot say.
The rest and residue of the citizens will be sequestered in their now sadly crumbled housing. They will be permitted to work at growing crops for the few, the privileged, the Democrats. They will be paid from the sums garnered by the Democrat government from the sale of permits to hunt them in the non-growing seasons. That money will be used to ensure the gangs continue to prey on only these people for sustenance. No education or health care will be provided for them.
Over time the carbon market will fade as it restrictive for the
growth of “Democratia” and a new trade will arise. It will
be called “The Market for the Full Utilization of all Resources
Available.” Gangs of armed Democrats will venture outside of the
refrigeration zones, now called Enlightenment Cities to
capture people not implanted for to be sold as “utilitarian
beings” for whatever use might be wished. Ms. Clinton, now
called Empress Chelsea The First, smilingly describes this as the
initial step in the elevation of people who chose to live as
beasts into the bosom of the human family once again.
— Jay Molyneaux
Re: Jeffrey Lord’s The Goldwater Lesson:
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?