The Ugly American
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A must read!
I received this in an email this morning and it is a MUST READ!!!
Written by Mathew Manweller... Central Washington University political science professor...
"In that this will be my last column before the presidential election, there will be no sarcasm, no attempts at witty repartee. The topic is too serious, and the stakes are too high.
This November we will vote in the only election during our lifetime that will truly matter. Because America is at a once-in-a-generation crossroads, more than an election hangs in the balance. Down one path lies retreat, abdication and a reign of ambivalence. Down the other lies a nation that is aware of its past and accepts the daunting obligation its future demands. If we choose poorly, the consequences will echo through the next 50 years of history. If we, in a spasm of frustration, turn out the current occupant of the White House, the message to the world and ourselves will be two-fold.
First, we will reject the notion that America can do big things.
Once a nation that tamed a frontier, stood down the Nazis and stood upon the moon, we will announce to the world that bringing democracy to the Middle East is too big of a task for us. But more significantly, we will signal to future presidents that as voters, we are unwilling to tackle difficult challenges, preferring caution to boldness, embracing the mediocrity that has characterized other civilizations. The defeat of President Bush will send a chilling message to future presidents who may need to make difficult, yet unpopular decisions. America has always been a nation that rises to the demands of history regardless of the costs or appeal. If we turn away from that legacy, we turn away from who we are.
Second, we inform every terrorist organization on the globe that the lesson of Somalia was well learned. In Somalia we showed terrorists that you don't need to defeat America on the battlefield when you can defeat them in the newsroom. They learned that a wounded America can become a defeated America.
Twenty-four-hour news stations and daily tracing polls will do the heavy lifting, turning a cut into a fatal blow. Except that Iraq is Somalia times 10. The election of John Kerry will serve notice to every terrorist in every cave that the soft underbelly of American power is the timidity of American voters. Terrorists will know that a steady stream of grizzly photos for CNN is all you need to break the will of the American people. Our own self-doubt will take it from there. Bin Laden will recognize that he can topple any American administration without setting foot on the homeland.
It is said that America's W.W.II generation is its 'greatest generation'. But my greatest fear is that it will become known as America's 'last generation.' Born in the bleakness of the Great Depression and hardened in the fire of WW II, they may be the last American generation that understands the meaning of duty, honor and sacrifice. It is difficult to admit, but I know these terms are spoken with only hollow detachment by many (but not all) in my generation. Too many citizens today mistake 'living in America' as 'being an American.' But America has always been more of an idea than a place. When you sign on, you do more than buy real estate. You accept a set of values and responsibilities.
This November, my generation, which has been absent too long, must grasp the obligation that comes with being an American, or fade into the oblivion they may deserve.
I believe that 100 years from now historians will look back at the election of 2004 and see it as the decisive election of our century. Depending on the outcome, they will describe it as the moment America joined the ranks of ordinary nations; or they will describe it as the moment the prodigal sons and daughters of the greatest generation accepted their burden as caretakers of the City on the Hill."
Physician heal thyself!
An article by Dr. Thomas Whelan in the Virginian-Pilot asks the question who’s refereeing the referees in high school sports. I say this is not the question we should be asking ourselves. The question should be, who’s teaching our kids to be hoodlums? He speaks of bench clearing brawls and the like and asks, “where are the referees?”. I ask, “Where are the parents?” Why is it always someone else’s fault when your kids act up? He says that referees are the only people who can control the game. I say that’s baloney! I would have used a stronger word, but this is a family paper.
In professional sports, if a player does something on the field and the refs miss it, the league will mete out punishment at a later time. If coaches, parents and administrators see this kind of behavior, maybe they should give out game suspensions and the like at a later time.
I’m sorry Dr. Whelan, but sportsmanship starts at home. Don’t blame the referees.
US History...by Andy
It may have started in the 70’s, when Richard Nixon sent those plumbers to the hotel. See, they weren’t union plumbers and well…you know how those union guys can get.
Then there was Jimmy Carter. He didn’t do anything, except lust in his heart. And that was the whole problem, he didn’t do anything. Nobel Peace Prize and all, I have trouble remembering Carters presidency.
Ronald Reagan was the great Satan himself, even though he was instrumental in bringing down the Berlin Wall and pretty much communism as it was in the 80’s. There was that Iran-Contra thing. But Uncle Ronnie made me proud to be an American again, proud to wear my uniform.
Then we had Bush I. If he had finished the job in ’91, we’d be in Syria or Iran by now. Wasn’t there that read my lips thing? I read them, and then I remember my paychecks going down anyway.
Then there was Bill. It makes me laugh, because I hear so many talk about the hick in the White House now! What the hell was Bill? Arkansas boy, made it big time! He had Monica! Nothing wrong with a little on the side. You would have thought he could have found something a little easier on the eyes. No offense Monica, but you aren’t presidential material. The president of the U.S. of A., doin’ a fat girl! Damn!
Now we have W. Let’s see, he was appointed, although he won the Electoral College. He got us into a war under false pretenses, although Saddam had used WMD’s before and the world said he still had them. He was a deserter, but I have seen his honorable discharge (can’t say the same for the other guy). I know there are more; they slip my mind right about now.
The explosives were never there!
An NBC NEWS crew was embedded with troops when they moved in to secure the Al-Qaqaa weapons facility on 4/10/03, THE day after the liberation of Iraq. The HMX and RDX explosives were already missing when the American troops and the reporters arrived. Even MSNBC reported the bogus story about missing explosives; you’d think they would talk to the people at NBC. Must be like the CIA and the FBI before 9/11!
The new mouth of the Democratic Party, Joe Lockhart spewed this Monday night: "In a shameless attempt to cover up its failure to secure 380 tons of highly explosive material in Iraq, the White House is desperately flailing in an effort to escape blame. Instead of distorting John Kerry’s words, the Bush campaign is now falsely and deliberately twisting the reports of journalists. It is the latest pathetic excuse from an administration that never admits a mistake, no matter how disastrous."
Sounds more like the latest pathetic excuse from a campaign that tries to distort every good thing this country has done in the past 3 ½ years.
And then the great duck hunter said, "This is one of the great blunders of Iraq, one of the great blunders of this administration."
Maybe kerry thinks we should have gone into Iraq even earlier now!
When asked why the International Atomic Energy Agency might come put with this BS story just 2 weeks before the presidential election, NBC NEWS Jim Miklaszewski quoted one official: "Recent disagreements between the administration and the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency makes this announcement appear highly political."
Read it all at Drudge
Where’s PETA when you need them?
I was reading through my local paper this morning, The Virginian-Pilot, and I came across the Weekly Maureen Dowd rant in the Op-Ed section. Maureen Dowd is a vicious liberal writer for the New York Times, in case you didn’t know. Luckily I was in the bathroom at the time and as usual, Ms. Dowd’s column came in handy!
She actually slammed johnFONDAkerry today, which is a switch for Ms. Dowd, from her normal rants against the president. She even had nice things to say about Uncle Ronnie, I don’t think that’s ever happened!
Ms. Dowd doesn’t seem to like the pictures of kerry in his, as she puts it, borrowed camouflage. I don’t like it either, and it seems to be for the same reasons.
I’ve said before, I just don’t like the guy. Now he’s trying to act like he’s just one of THE GUYS. The problem is, regular guys that hunt, usually have their own camouflage. They usually have their own shotgun too. Now where do you suppose jFk got that shotgun? Obviously, borrowed from another “regular guy” like himself.
Lastly, I checked the PETA site (I’m not linking to it because I think they’re insane) and there’s not one word about jFk shooting those poor defenseless geese (or is that goose). This is the organization that says that animals are not there for our entertainment. (Makes me wonder, why do I have dogs? I always thought it was so they could entertain me.) If the killing of geese, or goose as the case may be, was not staged for the entertainment of the voting public, then what was it for?
What is it about John Kerry that irks me?
I’ve decided to try to figure out, exactly why, I will never vote for John Kerry.
I’m not a democrat or republican, so it’s not a party line kind of thing, although I do tend to “lean” more to the right in my political viewpoints. There’re plenty of issues I have with both parties.
I think one of the reasons is that I don’t like someone talking “down” to me. I get that feeling just about every time I hear John Kerry speak. That he thinks we, the American people are just too damn dumb to understand where he’s coming from. I got the same feeling, on an even grander scale, listening to Al Gore, 4 years ago. Some will say that’s just because I’m just one of the dumb Americans that can’t read or write…Oh well, that’s me I guess. I like for people that are taking to me to use words and phrases that I understand. I have no problems referencing my thesaurus now and then, but I don’t want to have to do it with every sentence.
I know one of the reasons that he will never get my vote is because of the great respect I have for all American veterans. Being one myself, I am obliged to listen to what my fellow veterans have to say and for the most part, they don’t like John Kerry. They specifically don’t like what is said Kerry did immediately after the Vietnam War. That he gave aid and comfort to the enemy. By meeting with the heads of a foreign country in a time of war, he violated the rules of war. Although I have never heard Kerry speak to this issue directly, even though he has been asked to many times, I have heard his aids say that he was doing what he thought was right and he was attempting to get our country out of a war that no one wanted in the first place.
Vietnam POW’s say that Kerry’s actions prolonged their incarcerations and caused an increase in the levels of torture they were required to endure. They say that Kerry’s own words were played for them to listen to as demands were made that they confess to crimes they had not committed. As far as this issue goes, I’ve heard the youthful indiscretions excuse used, but I’ve never heard John Kerry apologize to the POW’s for what they and many other Americans see as much more than just a “youthful indiscretion”.
I also have trouble keeping up with John Kerry. The line that we’ve all heard a million times, the “I actually voted for the $87 billion, before I voted against it” line is just a killer for me!!! Then he said that he had made that comment at night when he was tired after a long day on the campaign trail. Come to find out, it was made at around noon, on a bright sunny day! How do you keep up with this kind of stuff?? I’ve also heard it explained that he voted that way to send a message…he didn’t want the country to go further into debt. Sending a message is no reason to vote against funds for our military in a time of war!
I also don’t think we’d be hanging out in the same kind of establishments. I’m not the wine and brie kinda guy. I’m more beer and pretzels. I saw some pictures of Kerry, pretending to sit at a bar and have a beer with a guy, but the beer never seemed to get any emptier. Maybe I’m missing something here and hanging out with a guy with a bottomless beer glass might not be a bad thing, but I don’t think so. He’d probably never be caught dead in a Red Lobster or an Appleby’s or any other regular guy place that I might like.
The bottom line is I just don’t like the guy. Haven’t you ever had that feeling about someone? Would you really want to go out and have a beer with this guy? Granted, he can probably get you head of the line anywhere you want, but that’s not worth having to hang out with the guy!
Then there was this…this did it for me...when I saw these pictures, I knew it was all over!!!
What a goof ball!!!
The secret behind the Red Sox win!!!
The Phantom Flasher
This is how they did it! Watch carefully at the woman behind the screen. Right before the pitcher releases the ball SHE FLASHES him...Holy Mackeral!!!
Must all be part of this monster conspiracy to keep my beloved Yankees out of the series. Actually, the Yankees couldn't win, because there's a republican in the white house...the Yankees have never won the World Series when a republican was in the white house.
I've Seen it All!!!
This is it..Proof that the Democratic Party IS the lowest, most despicable party!!!
the poor baby kittens
Terrible terrible thing...Unbelievable what democrats will go to to get the vote!!!
Jeter wouldn’t have done it
A Red Sox fan said that to me. “Derek Jeta wouldn’t a done that!”. He said it with that Boston accent too! That’s what he said about Alex Rodriguez trying to knock the ball out of Bronson Arroyos’ hand.
When A-rod knocked the ball out of Arroyo’s hand in the 8th inning of the sixth game of the ALCS, it was I think, a sign, that these Yankees are not Derek’s Yankees of the 90’s.
I had heard Jeter make that comment a couple of times when asked to compare the Yankees of the 90’s with “these” Yankees.
The Yankees of the 90’s. Those Yankees had a different mindset. Quietly play some of the best, most consistent baseball you can and win championships. These Yankees have not learned to do that yet. Joe Torre needs to get busy.
This Yankee fan knows that these Yankees, won’t be those Yankees, until They’re back to being a class act team.
The Guardian Surrenders
After Guardian readers mailed somewhere around 14000 letters to residents of Clark County Ohio, the response has been overwhelming! Leave us alone! Clark county voters responded to the letters from overseas with indignation, some so mad, they went and volunteered for the president!
The G2 program
This is all part of the vast right wing conspiracy, the fact that letters the Guardian received, came from people they contacted first, has absolutely nothing to do with it.
One senior local politician, speaking off the record to avoid offending his neighbors, said: "They picked the wrong county for many reasons. One is, we're very parochial. When people talk about The Guardian of London, they think you mean London, Ohio, which is in the next-door county. Another is, we have some issues with literacy round here."
You gotta love a local politician that says he people can’t read! I wonder why they voted for him?
Sharon Manitta, spokesperson for Democrats Abroad, tried to tell ‘em: "This will certainly garner more votes for George Bush."
Of course, the Guardian has failed to pay for the voter registration list that it received from Clark County. They say, the check is in the mail. I’ve used that line before also.
ter-A-za Puts her foot in her mouth Again
I read today that Ter-A-za, the ketchup lady, said she wasn't sure if First Lady Laura Bush ever had a real job.
The quote, "Well, you know, I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good," Heinz Kerry said. "But I don't know that she's ever had a real job — I mean, since she's been grown up. So her experience and her validation comes from important things, but different things." And I'm older, and my validation of what I do and what I believe and my experience is a little bit bigger — because I'm older, and I've had different experiences. And it's not a criticism of her. It's just, you know, what life is about.
I guess my mom wasn't worth a damn, because all she ever did was raise my brother and me!
It seems that the rest of the world knows that the first lady was a librarian and a school teacher until GWB proposed to her and then she decided that she should be a full time mother and wife.
Ter-A-za continued, I'm sure after her handlers (sounds like something at a wild animal park) severely scolded her dumb ass "I had forgotten that Mrs. Bush had worked as a school teacher and librarian," in a written statement, "and there couldn't be a more important job than teaching our children. As someone who has been both a full-time mom and full-time in workforce, I know we all have valuable experiences that shape who we are. I appreciate and honor Mrs. Bush's service to the country as first lady, and am sincerely sorry I had not remembered her important work in the past."
I think Ter-A-za is right; there are SCUMBAGS in this world! She seems to be one of them. Proof positive that money can't by class!!!
Boston Red Sox
Well sports fans, the Red Sox did it, the biggest come back in baseball playoff history!
Being the diehard Yankee fan that I am, I would rather have not seen them do this against my Yankees, but it's all good.
Now they need to validate this extraordinary feat by winning the World Series. If they do, no one will be able to say anything, not even us Yankee fans, because they will have gone through the Yankees in dramatic fashion to do it!
Remember sports fans, the curse of the Babe is not about winning the ALCS, it's the Big Ticket, The World Series!
Flu shots for prisoners
Felons of the Missouri prison system are much more likely to receive a flu shot than any other American that might be at high risk.
According to an Associated Press article by Connie Farrow, the Missouri prison systems medical services contractor, Correctional Medical Services, received 8780 of the 9460 doses it requested. That’s around 93% of the requested amount. Why does the prison system get 93% when the rest of the country only gets around 50% coverage.
My question is, why are the scum of this country being treated better than the rest of us? They say in the article that this will prevent an outbreak of flu in the prison system. Just how concerned should I be about an outbreak in the prison system? I think I'm more concerned about an outbreak in the school system!
The Ugly American
This is my original post on BlogCritics.org
. It gathered quite a few comments, some good some bad.
Hello everyone my name is Andy Marsh and I’m an ugly American. This is part of the 12 step program that I’ve decided to put myself through after being called an ugly American the other day on this very site. It was revealed to me that I’m an ugly American after responding to a post about who the rest of the world thinks should be my president. Being the sensitive man of the new millennium that I am, this deeply hurt my feelings. I’ll give you a little background and lay down my thoughts on this issue and then you can decide if I am indeed, an ugly American.
I’m a Jersey kid that spent most of his school years in a Catholic school. I joined the U.S. Navy when I was 17 and spent the next 20 years defending my country in a relatively peaceful world. I was stateside for most of Desert Storm, so I was never involved in any conflicts in any of my time in the Navy. The only “action” I saw in 20 years was in 1993 when Husseins’ plot to assassinate the president was discovered and the ship I was stationed on at the time fired 14 Tomahawk missiles into downtown Baghdad to blow up the Iraqi intelligence center.
One quick not on that cruise: My job was security team leader for a boarding party. It was our job to board merchant ships bound for Aqaba, Jordan and inspect their cargo to determine if they were carrying anything to Iraq that was not on the approved UN list. I spent my days attempting to communicate with people of many different nationalities and I feel it was actually one of the most rewarding experiences I had in my 20 years. On one Russian freighter they were watching the movie Hot Shots with Charlie Sheen (dubbed in Russian) and actually asked me if that’s the way the US Navy really was! I laughed and said “of course!”
I am now “retired” from the USN and work in the technology industry as an instructor. Oh yeah, I’m a registered Independent. I tend not to vote down party lines. I don’t believe in the philosophy of ‘my country, right or wrong.' Enough about me.
Anyway, there have been some articles written lately about polls taken in various other countries and who they think we as Americans should choose as our next president. I’m not sure how scientific these polls are, or what segments of the populations of these various other countries were actually polled, but for the most part, it seems, that the rest of the world wants John Kerry to be our president. What got me in trouble, or at least got someone to call me an Ugly American, along with a few other choice names, was when I asked why I should give a damn what the rest of the world thinks about who should be our president.
I have several reasons for thinking this way. First and foremost, I don’t really care what the rest of the world thinks about who should be my president. It’s one of those stones and glass houses kind of things. They can’t run their own countries, they shouldn’t be telling us how to run ours. That’s what probably makes me the ugly American. I mean, I don’t care who their presidents or prime ministers or premiers are so why should they care who I pick? Yeah, yeah, superpower and all that nonsense, I know, I know.
Second, I don’t read foreign newspapers, so I have no idea how politically biased they are and which way they “lean”. I know how bad the press is in this country, so I can only imagine what it’s like in the rest of the world. I have had the opportunity to see some news shows in foreign lands and they usually tend to be pretty anti-American. Some of them even have their respective governments looking over their shoulders to make sure they only print the current party line.
Third, I have been around the world and I can say this with a clear conscience: There is no better place on the planet than the good ole’ US of A! I have traveled to just about every country that has an ocean border and I know what I’ve seen everywhere else. I know that sounds extremely arrogant and I’m not going to apologize for it. I don’t want the things they have in other countries. I don’t want socialized medicine. I don’t want a state recognized religion. I don’t want part of my country having one recognized language while the rest of it speaks another (although that may already be happening). I don’t want even more of my money going to the government for BS social programs. I could go on, but you get the point. We’re not perfect, but you know what? we are the best thing since sliced bread!
Some will say that this is the attitude that caused the crimes against all of humanity on September 11, 2001. I say that’s BULLSHIT! Sorry for the language, but there really is no other word for that statement. These fanatics did what they did for some quantity of virgins (I don’t remember the number) wait until they find out it was Virginians!
Finally, I’ll say this (hooray, long winded bastard is gonna shut up). Like I said before, I have traveled the globe and I’ve always tried to be very respectful to the people of the countries I visited. The one thing I never did while I was there was tell them how I thought they should run their country or who I thought should be their next leader. I don’t think they should try to tell us how to run ours.
Am I an “ugly American”?