American voters have their eyes wide shut *UPDATED*

Terry Sater writes about the fact that, coddled by loving euphemisms, Americans are marching headlong into the same dreadful socialist experiment that failed all over Europe — a failure that took place within the lifetime of every single American voter.  This is not a case of a few centuries or even decades having dimmed the lessons.  We saw socialism die, and we’ve seen the havoc it still creates in Europe.  Nevertheless, lulled by PR-approved phrases such as “Fairness Doctrine” and “Universal Healthcare,” we’re on the verge of voting in a completely Leftist government, beginning with the White House and ending with Congress.  I urge you to read his editorial and to email it to your friends.

UPDATE:  In the above post, I included a throwaway line about the havoc of Europe.  DQ appropriately challenged that conclusory statement, pointing out that many Americans think that Europe runs perfectly.  I happen to believe the contrary is true, based on reading European newspapers, having been to Europe myself recently, and speaking to Europeans here in America.  However, a combination of laziness and business meant I never took DQ up on his request that I enlarge on that conclusion.  Fortunately, Danny Lemieux did a lot of that work for me in a comment to this post, which I’m reprinting here:

Don, Americans go to Europe as tourists. They enjoy the tourist areas where people, on a day to day basis, look happy and prosperous. You can see happy people just about anywhere in the world. Americans eat great food (because it is different) that many ordinary Europeans will never enjoy, use efficient rail systems that drain public finances, and never have to worry about negotiating their ways through the regulatory mazes that define day-to-day life in those societies.

I happen to think Paris is one of the most beautiful and happy places in the world. I love visiting there.

What American tourists will never see is that I have solid upper-middle-class relatives in Paris, living in affluent neighborhoods, who must park their cars on their tiny lawns in locked compounds for fear of getting their cars torched or stolen, have bullet proof glass on their first-floor windows to prevent (prevalent) home invasion, whose daughters are terrified of being gang raped by Muslims “youths” (“un tournant”) and who, either foolishly or because their tax system leaves them relatively little disposable income, have failed to save for their retirement because their government promised to take care of them in their old age…when it is becoming quite apparent that their government can’t… and won’t. One of the reasons (foolish as it may be) that European governments are frantically allowing swarms of Muslim immigrants to invade their countries is because they need laborers to keep the economy going as European baby boomers retire, having left behind far-to-few children to take their place.

For the most part, Europe is no longer democratic. Ordinary people long ago lost their ability to make themselves heard, other than by rioting. Their governments are ruled by distant, unelected aristocratic elites, most of whom reside in Brussels. Freedom of speech? Forget it. Right to self-defense? Forget it. The right to own property? For far too many Europeans, forget it? As my astute daughter observed, they are simply regressing to their historical comfort zone, one defined by landlord and serf relationships.

Europe is a cesspool of age-old mistakes that get repeated over and over and over again. Americans just don’t know how good we have it here because we so-called “sophisticated” Americans have never had a proper frame of reference.

So, I will always love to go to Europe as an American visitor, but I go with no illusions about what it is and where it is going.

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  1. says

    You refer to “the havoc it [socialism] still creates in Europe.” I don’t think most Americans have any understanding that socialism has created havoc in Europe. From an uneducated American’s standpoint, the European community is doing quite well, certainly better than America, as is reflected in the strength of the Euro relative to the dollar. I’ll bet if you asked Americans who is doing better now economically, Europe or America, 70% would say Europe.

    Perhaps you should spend some time explaining why you believe there is havoc in Europe.

  2. Tiresias says

    I don’t – regrettably – see much evidence that most Americans have much understanding of much of anything, Don. This is a nation of people who do not read, so there is therefore little access to, knowledge, or understanding of history. Even very recent history. It is further a country in which economics is not taught as a matter of routine – not mentioned at all in high school – so there is pretty close to zero understanding of that.

    Americans engage their brains so rarely that euphemisms are how they live their lives. The “Fairness Doctrine” is a splendid example of this, given that when you survey Americans and ask them straight out if they think the government should control what’s on the air (radio or TV) they, remembering Nathan Hale for a second, (or something), reflexively reply: “no.” Couch the question differently, in nice vacuous terms like “equal time,” or even simple “fairness” – broad terms that they simply do not precisely define – then it becomes fine with them. Point out to them that there is no difference between proposition A and proposition B, and you get a blank look.

  3. Friend of USA says

    For what it is worth,

    I just tried to get an apointment with MY family doctor, not just any doctor, my OWN family doctor and I was told it would be in January 2009.

    Yes January 2009.

    yes more than 6 months wait time to see MY OWN doctor.

    That is what my Canadian “universal healthcare” is giving me as far as “services”.

    You heard it form the mouth of a Canadian.

    and if you do a little reading you will see this is common in Canada.

    Think about it before you vote Democrat.

  4. says

    Hey, Helen. Is what Friend of the USA describes really what you want for America? That’s pretty much the way it’s worked out everywhere it’s been tried. Why would America be any different?

  5. Ymarsakar says

    Waiting 6 months means less prevention checkups. Which means more medication and surgeries are needed to treat a disease that could be cured in its early stages with little hassle. Cancer, as well as various other ailments, can be treated with far less cost to the state and the individual if it is caught early.

    As more surgeries are demanded, demand will outstrip supply and you will soon realize what “supply side economics” mean when you have to wait a year or more for life saving surgery. And if you don’t make it… well the government market has decided things.

    Why would America be any different?

    A lot of taxpayers to loot. So the system will be golden for a little while longer than it was in Europe and Canada. A “little while” is worth sacrificing for, right Don?

  6. Danny Lemieux says

    I can add my own stories about European healthcare – in France, which is supposed to be such a model of socialized healthcare.

    One is an aging relative who had the bad luck of having a heart attack on a Friday preceding a long weekend holiday. It took 9 hours for them to find an ambulance to come and get her.

    Another is a young woman (also a relative) who complained for years about a debilitating disease that would cause her body temperature to rise well above 100oF during her waking hours. The government doctors told her she was making it up. She had no recourse. She died in her early 30s.

    Don, Americans go to Europe as tourists. They enjoy the tourist areas where people, on a day to day basis, look happy and prosperous. You can see happy people just about anywhere in the world. Americans eat great food (because it is different) that many ordinary Europeans will never enjoy, use efficient rail systems that drain public finances, and never have to worry about negotiating their ways through the regulatory mazes that define day-to-day life in those societies.

    I happen to think Paris is one of the most beautiful and happy places in the world. I love visiting there.

    What American tourists will never see is that I have solid upper-middle-class relatives in Paris, living in affluent neighborhoods, who must park their cars on their tiny lawns in locked compounds for fear of getting their cars torched or stolen, have bullet proof glass on their first-floor windows to prevent (prevalent) home invasion, whose daughters are terrified of being gang raped by Muslims “youths” (“un tournant”) and who, either foolishly or because their tax system leaves them relatively little disposable income, have failed to save for their retirement because their government promised to take care of them in their old age…when it is becoming quite apparent that their government can’t… and won’t. One of the reasons (foolish as it may be) that European governments are frantically allowing swarms of Muslim immigrants to invade their countries is because they need laborers to keep the economy going as European baby boomers retire, having left behind far-to-few children to take their place.

    For the most part, Europe is no longer democratic. Ordinary people long ago lost their ability to make themselves heard, other than by rioting. Their governments are ruled by distant, unelected aristocratic elites, most of whom reside in Brussels. Freedom of speech? Forget it. Right to self-defense? Forget it. The right to own property? For far too many Europeans, forget it? As my astute daughter observed, they are simply regressing to their historical comfort zone, one defined by landlord and serf relationships.

    Europe is a cesspool of age-old mistakes that get repeated over and over and over again. Americans just don’t know how good we have it here because we so-called “sophisticated” Americans have never had a proper frame of reference.

    So, I will always love to go to Europe as an American visitor, but I go with no illusions about what it is and where it is going.

  7. suek says

    Recommended reading for the “quick and dirty” version of what’s happening. It’s primarily geared toward the problems of islam’s population jihad, but the influence of socialism is apparent.

    http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/

    Another one is

    http://www.realclearreligion.com/index.html

    Obviously, this one is religiously oriented, and RC in viewpoint. It is apparently based in the UK (though I haven’t found out who is responsible for it) and while there are main page editorials, there are also article links on the side to many different news stories throughout the world. The reason I reccomend it is not for the religious information, but in many cases, the articles involving religion reflect basic changes in the UK that make me wonder at how Great Britian could have been the predecessor of the US. It’s a glimpse of our future, I think, if we don’t act to prevent it. The friction between Catholics – and Christians in general – and muslims is growing, and the government seems to be favoring the muslims in every way. The discrimination against Christians is chilling. Between the politically aggressiveness of the homosexuals and the muslims, Christians are becoming almost a persecuted group…at least, an unprotected group under the law.
    You may think I’m exaggerating…read it for yourself and form your own opinion.

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