Saturday, November 06, 2010

U.S. Is Not Greatest Country Ever

by Michael Kinsley - November 2nd, 2010 - Politico

The theory that Americans are better than everybody else is endorsed by an overwhelming majority of U.S. voters and approximately 100 percent of all U.S. politicians, although there is less and less evidence to support it. A recent Yahoo poll (and I resist the obvious joke here) found that 75 percent of Americans believe that the United States is “the greatest country in the world.” Does any other electorate demand such constant reassurance about how wonderful it is — and how wise? Having spent a month to a couple of years and many millions of dollars trying to snooker voters, politicians awaiting poll results Tuesday will declare that they put their faith in “the fundamental wisdom of the American people.”

Not me. Democracy requires me to respect the results of the elections. It doesn’t require me to agree with them or to admire the process by which voters made up their minds. In my view, anyone who voted for Barack Obama for president in 2008 and now is supporting some tea party madwoman for senator has a bit of explaining to do.

Wow. This is a perfect example of the vitriolic hatred for America being spewed by all the bitter left wing extremists in the Democrat Party who thought that they had finally exterminated any love for our nation not based on "redistribution of the wealth of others."

What is ironic is that the attitude Kinsley attributes to conservatives in the Tea Party is actually the attitude that his own party represents. Democrats are absolutely convinced that people who don't pay taxes should be able to demand government services paid for by others. To Kinsley this is not "calorie-free chocolate cake." I guess there is an exception when it is other people's money. As Margaret Thatcher once noted, socialism fails when "you run out of other people's money." Kinsley does not agree. He just throws a temper tantrum ranting against America when they vote against the continuation of "borrow and spend."


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