Not a lot of time for blogging these days. Work, exercise, kids, Charlie Sheen, snow, even some movies. Life is good but way too busy. Winner!
I did have time however (much to my wife’s chagrin – she thinks I spend way too much time in useless discussions) to have a little spat with Alex Castro over twitter (here is his account) regarding this sad piece of propaganda.
Now, I really don’t need to go over the blatant and obvious lies in that ‘list’ (since when rescuing people from your embassy is an ‘invasion’?) but the point that really surprises me is how people who think that is true (or want to believe that it is true) can choose to live here in the US.
Of course Alex is not alone in that group. A large part of the American left believes in that kind of crap and that is why Democrats have such a hard time with accusations of not being patriotic. That is, many are not.
In my opinion you cannot separate a democracy from its government. That is how democracies work in the first place: they enable the majority of a certain group to pursue their views and goals. Over the long run of multiple governments, you can see what that population (and everything around them) is about.
Now, there are obvious exceptions. I don’t think all germans are like Hitler. If you look over Germany history however, you can see a trend of militarism based on certain values and that is undeniable. Same thing if you look after WW2. You see a trend of certain values (high scientific achievement, work ethic) that show you who the german people are.
So, if you tell me that the US is an ‘evil force in the world’ and you *choose* to live here now you are a complete and certifiable hypocrite. Your work, your taxes, your life enables the social network that keeps this thing called USA alive and operating. Therefore, you are part of the ‘evil’ you supposedely despise.
Again, that is not only true for Alex but for the whole lot of left wingers who say that the US is an evil empire and pay to watch stupid Michael Moore crap while wolfing down a bucket of popcorn and an even larger ‘cup’ of Coke.
You cannot eat your cake and have it too. This is not just a ‘love it or leave it’ issue (obviously the US is not a perfect country and there are many things that can improve) but a question of principles. Either the US is a power for good that makes mistakes now and then (an therefore deserves you staying here to improve it) or it is a power for evil that allows your fat ass to live a comfortable life of moral denial.
Got to pick your side.