Barb and I are -- otherwise occupied. So today, a guest post from our favorite commenter, Perhansa.
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When the terrible, evil, scary, boogeyman, terrorists are plotting ways to kill Americans, Fred Thompson asked us to consider, “Who do you want sitting on our side representing you? That’s who you should elect President.” No Fred, IT’S NOT! This is the real world not a spaghetti western. You need to watch fewer Die Hard movies. If we listened to you we’d vote for Dirty Harry.
This is a problem with the entire Republican field. When did we become so afraid that and entire major party defines diplomacy as the barrel of a gun, a bunker busting bomb, or “shock and awe”? Wake up Fred. We ARE NOT on the verge of Armageddon. Military and might don’t define diplomacy. The campaign to reduce terrorism can only be won through cooperation and collaboration. That means having numerous friends and allies. That means talking to people not pointing a nuclear warhead in their face and snarling, “Make my day” It requires reaching out to countries in need not invading countries for their resources and strategic positioning. Think “Gandhi” Fred, not Bruce Willis.
When did the challenge of global warming become a problem that’s impossible to solve without ruining our economy? When did we become so worried about whether everybody else is doing their part and stop being leaders and creative thinkers? When did America become a CAN’T Do nation? Think “Apollo 13” Fred. If we’re so damn smart and the free market is SO DAMN PERFECT, don’t you think we could come up with plenty of solutions to help us and the rest of the developing world grow safely AND make some money to strengthen our economy and replace lost jobs at the same time? Or better yet, maybe we could get off our high horse and see what ideas are working out in the rest of the world?
When did we become so afraid of strangers that we have to have vigilantes patrol our borders and build hundred mile fences to keep people out? Remember the Berlin Wall Fred? Why do you Reagan sycophants sound so little like Ronnie? It’s no longer< morning in America, it’s the eve of destruction and only a bad ass President can save us? Joe McCarthy must be smiling in his grave at this crop of Republican candidates.
Then there’s the religion thing. Now that it has tainted the political arena to a point where it’s become a test for office, the bickering has begun about which sects are true and acceptable. Now it’s not just that you have to be a Christian, you have to be in one of the allowable sects. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t that one of the things the first immigrants to come here tried to escape? Wasn’t that why the Founders wanted no religious test for office and a wall of separation between church and state? I read somewhere there are over 20,000 different sects of Christianity. Which can run for office? What if you’re a Buddhist? What about someone who finds the whole thing a load of rubbish and sees no evidence to believe in gods? Forget it–don’t ask, don’t tell.
Listen to me Fred, and then share this with your mates. Americans are hopeful people with dreams, visions, big hearts and bigger ideas. You look and sound like your brains and hearts have irrevocably shrunken to the size of a raisin (with the exception of John McCain who still seems to have a shred of decency). We already know in advance as the election season moves forward you’ll get nasty and mean and raise the specter of doom more vociferously. I’m guessing a majority of Americans have become smart enough to see your guise, just as they eventually did with Joe McCarthy and others like him.
Next November you’ll be looking at a woman or a black President (or both President and Vice President) and wondering what happened. Turn off Die Hard Umpteen Fred. Put away the John Wayne movies. Get a bowl of popcorn and watch the wonderful French film, Joyoux Noel. The people have hearts.