Gayle Miller,Comment Posted By funny man On 29.09.2008 @ 15:48
Barack Obama might be a lot of things but he is no communist. Part of my family left a so called 'socialist paradise' but I never heard Obama suggesting to nationalize factories or install proletarian courts. Also, please don't bore me with this ridiculous 'Hussein' thing. You don't want to know my middle name and if that is all I had to worry about with Obama I would elect him immediately
Marc H:Comment Posted By funny man On 29.09.2008 @ 00:19
well the problem is what do you call 'left'. I give you one example: conservatives in Germany as in the Christian Democrats are as 'liberal' as are there counterparts the Social Democrats (almost) if you would use an American yardstick. Now I'm not assuming you would call these the "lunatic fringe". There is a couple of things that annoys the average German (and a lot of other Europeans). For example, there is a perceive lack of respect by the Americans. Remember Rumsfeld's 'old Europe'? A lot of Americans get pissed of anything the French do (Chirac btw is a 'conservative') but the only thing they do is give their opinion and 'advice' on 'American affairs'. IMHO the United States tends to do that all the time regardless who is in office. I'm not necessarily saying they shouldn't but then it's the tone that sets the music.
Luckily all of Europe is now are more or less organized as democratic countries who could vote otherwise if they wanted to. Contrary to your belief it is not 'liberty and freedoms' that they loathe. I mean why should they? They often think the freedoms in the US are excessive (getting caught with a swastika will send you straight to jail in Germany) and that the society here is too individualistic. You can disagree with their point of view but as a democracy they have just as much right as the people here to make their choices.
Now back to the 'lunatic' left. For me that is people that are set in their dogmatic, pure and of course always right worldview. Intolerance at it's best and for them the biggest dog around is the root of all evil (in this case the United State). Unfortunately (but not surprising the student of human behavior), the 'lunatic' right works under the same basic principle just with different 'bad guys'.
Now to answer your question: I actually think that Americans and Europeans have reasonably worked together in the last 60 years regardless of who was in charge in their respective countries. However, both sides shouldn't take each other for granted.
One more point: there always is a little anti-American sentiment flying around in Europe. I just wouldn't blow this out of proportion. All people that I know of all political orientation from Germany expressed their solidarity with the United States after 9/11,Comment Posted By funny man On 28.09.2008 @ 20:30
However, I could also point you to 'virulent' anti-European feelings among Americans just go to many 'conservative' blogs. I just don't take any of those serious because when it comes down to it Europe is still and should be the most natural ally of the United States. Trust me, Paris looks great after a year in Ryad.
I came from Germany to the United States quite a while ago. I can tell you that Germans are also masters of doom and gloom. There are a lot of strengths that the United States still has, e.g scientific creativity and the flexibility to turn things around. That is why I'm cautiously optimistic even in times like these. However, science and new technologies have to be supported ferociously. In my opinion, the left really messed it up in the aftermath to the sixties mainly by pretending everyone has equal talents and a certain hostilities towards new technologies. By the same token there is a hostility towards science also in the religious right that should not be tolerated.Comment Posted By funny man On 28.09.2008 @ 20:07
I for one came of age watching Star Trek as a kid (Raumschiff Enterprise) and like many of you dreamt of a better future through technology. Sure I'm a lot more cynical now but sometimes the dream, and for me also the United States as a catalyst, is still there. And, I believe, for a good cause liberals and conservatives can come together and figure out a solution, can achieve energy independence etc. Why not, if not here than nowhere. If I didn't believe this than I wouldn't have come here.
Travis Monitor,Comment Posted By funny man On 28.09.2008 @ 11:56
please respect that there are conservatives out here who think imperial neocon policies are not the way to go. In that sense Obama has a more 'conservative' approach to foreign policy.
Rick, sometimes humor is the only way to endure a world that appears to getting worse by the hour. But then, maybe it is me that is going crazy and it only appears to get worse.
Watched the debate and I would say it was pretty much a draw. Not much love lost, no surprise there. On Thursday we will then know if Palin can deliver. Up to now I don't have much faith in her but then we'll see. If she were to withdraw we wouldn't need the next debates because it would be game over. So now back to important topics of talking in tongues in 12 houses in 57 states (how do I get Biden in)Comment Posted By funny man On 26.09.2008 @ 23:44
Washington Mutual just went under and Japanese Banks are on a shopping spree of what's left of Wall Street. I just have that sinking feeling we are debating the wrong topics while the world as we know it vanishes in front of our very eyes. I quote CT here: things are out of whack (probably including me).Comment Posted By funny man On 26.09.2008 @ 00:30
Bald Ninja,Comment Posted By funny man On 25.09.2008 @ 19:56
just heard the deal is off the table right now. In my opinion, this whole thing is more important than all the gaffes, associations etc put together. Both liberals and conservatives are at fault to allow this to happen if you are honest about it. My initial reaction would be to oppose this but then I'm also worried of what might happen later. However, I don't really care if I'm right or wrong as long as our country doesn't take a nosedive. Sorry I got sidetracked.
Bald Ninja,Comment Posted By funny man On 25.09.2008 @ 18:34
as conservatives we are often cry-babies when it comes to the media. Margaret Thatcher faced a more than hostile media and public but she kicked butt. I just have that uneasy feeling that Palin just doesn't have a clue about many important topics and you would not want a debate of Margaret in her prime against Palin (or Obama).
they reached a deal and so the games are back on. We'll see if this has any impact but I would certainly think the debate on Friday will. Gayle, I don't know what you are smoking but I haven't seen any interview by Palin that has impressed me. Not saying that Biden is much better. However, Palin is either overcoached or doesn't have a clue. I mean I can put one platitude next to another.Comment Posted By funny man On 25.09.2008 @ 16:48