Mark Steyn

Mark Steyn is always a good read, so I recommend this link from Sadie (who else):

A Post-American Planet

Decline starts with the money, but it doesn’t stop there.

-snip from the beginning-
That thoughtful observer of the passing parade, Nancy Pelosi, weighed in on the “debt ceiling” negotiations the other day: “What we’re trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget. We’re trying to save life on this planet as we know it today.”
It’s always good to have things explained in terms we simpletons can understand. After a while, all the stuff about debt-to-GDP ratio and CBO alternative baseline scenarios starts to give you a bit of a headache, so we should be grateful to the House minority leader for putting it in layman’s terms: What’s at stake is “life on this planet as we know it today.” So, if right now you’re living anywhere in the general vicinity of this planet, it’s good to know Nancy’s in there pitching for you.

-everything in between-

-closing snip-

America has had two roles in a so-called “globalized” world: America’s government was the guarantor of global order; America’s economy was the engine of global prosperity. Right now, both roles are up for grabs. And there are no takers for the former. Pace Nancy Pelosi, “life on this planet as we know it today” is going to change, and very fast.

DQ here:  Just when you think Pelosi can’t top herself she does.  Yet the people in her district adore her.  What are they thinking?
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  • Danny Lemieux

    “DQ here:  Just when you think Pelosi can’t top herself she does.  Yet the people in her district adore her.  What are they thinking?”

    They aren’t, because they can’t. 


  • Charles Martel

    DQ, your confusion is evident in your question: They don’t think, they react and emote. Seriously how long has it been since anybody on this blog (two grand exceptions come to mind) can claim to have run into an impressive, brilliant leftist thinker? I don’t think such creatures exist anymore. 

    The leftists I know are not interested in a serious discussion of political or theological ideas. They have a list of things they choose to believe and are happy to leave it at that:

    —America is a racist society

    —Homosexuals are an oppressed minority

    —Abortion is a wonderful thing because it is the key to total sexual and career freedom

    —America is an imperialist power

    —The market is evil and we should pattern ourselves after paradises like Sweden and Denmark

    —Healthcare is a right and should be free

    —Christians are hateful fun-hating, women-hating, gay-hating prigs

    —Muslims are colorful gay and women-affirming Others who hold up a mirror to our terrible shortcomings

    —Money comes from two places: the printing press and from those children we choose not to abort

    I can recite this stuff in my sleep. Anyway, people who will believe swill like the above will believe that Nancy Pelosi is a devout Catholic dedicated to social justice who’s only trying to make sure that none of us ever has to pay for anything—unless it’s the rich paying through their noses for the rest of us.

  • Libby

    This might be agist to say, but I don’t think Pelosi is completely “there” – I’ve been disturbed by her speaking style and weird expressions for several years now (the freakish grins mid sentence, the deer-in-headlights stare). I think it’s more than just the effects of years of botox. She also suffers from the habit of long-time politicians of just making stuff up in order to get her way; she often tells lies that she thinks the public is too dumb to detect.


    Of course it’s not the botox – it’s that the LEFT has never detoxed. We could do an entire thread of quotes from them competing to reach the zenith of zaniness. And to prove my point……
    “It is through individual efforts with the invaluable assistance of organizations such as Freddie Mac and Hibernia Bank that evacuees will recover from the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Freddie Mac, Hibernia Bank, and Usher’s New Look Foundation with recording artist Usher are to be commended on their humanitarian efforts. The social and practical problems caused by the hurricanes will only be exacerbated by the fact that finding permanent housing can be extremely challenging. I am elated to be a part of this effort.”
    Sheila Jackson Lee


  • Charles Martel

    I am always impressed when a Democrat politician uses a word like “exacerbated.” I am certain that Ms. Lee at one time probably thought the word had a different meaning, as in, “I think my son has begun to exacerbate. I’d better teach him about condoms.”


    It’s not the words, sometimes it’s the skill to use those words with such grace, and charm as to render the English language into a food fight.

    “You little fruitcake, you little fruitcake, I said you are a fruitcake” – Pete Stark


  • JKB

    @Charles Martel – I’ve just come across this article from 100 yrs ago that does a good job explaining Socialism a Philosophy of Failure.  Firstly, Leftists beliefs, socialism, is a state of mind not a logical system of thought.  They can’t be reasoned with, no logic will work, socialism is a feeling.  Secondly, they are obsessed with materialism, which is why they get along with Wall Street so well.  

    But ultimately, Leftists base their belief on the perfection of man.  Man is imperfect so they must alter the rules to force perfection.  The Market is imperfect so it must be abolished even with all the good the free market has provided for all mankind.  Ultimately, they come back to the belief they can make people better.  But rather than working to change their hearts as Christianity does, they seek to end competition and private property.  I believe the reason they are so hostile to Christianity is it is a competitor.   The only form of Socialism that has a rational basis.

    “Christianity, as a late writer has pointed out in words well chosen,* is the only system of socialism which commends it self as having a rational basis, and its founder the most practical teacher of it that the world has ever seen. ” The aim of all socialism is the securing of equality in the social condition of mankind, and if equality is to be secured at all it will be secured only by changing the hearts of men, and never by setting to work, in the first instance, upon the conditions.” But the present impulse of socialism is not Christian, but rather one willing to put an end to Christianity. And it is a system of machinery, like the kingdom of a tyrant, not of souls, like that of Christ. Now the Christian system did not rest on force at all. It was communistic, but not socialistic, as the word is properly used; for its very essence was the freedom of the individual will.”  

    I also believe much of the “knowledge” of socialism since the 1920s has been, shall we say, tainted.  The conflict for the division of profits that is often charged as being between capital and labor is actually between the unskilled labor and the skilled labor.  Thus, we see Obama easily in bed with corporations and the very wealthy while seeking to “redistribute” the gains of the skilled workers who might earn $200,000.

    If you review the leftist talking points with this in mind, you see no only is socialism a failed philosophy but also they promote failure, discourage attempts to compete in the market, seek to victims to front for them, seek to tear down any who try to get ahead.  

  • Danny Lemieux

    Charles M: “The leftists I know are not interested in a serious discussion of political or theological ideas. They have a list of things they choose to believe and are happy to leave it at that”

    Good riff, Charles M. And speaking of which, did anyone else enjoy Paul Ryan’s “cover the moon in yogurt” rant on Democrat budgeting logic?