Ten Things He Hates About Us
posted at 8:54 pm on July 17, 2009 by Dafydd ab Hugh
Ten Uniquements [ thirteen no, wait — fourteen!] that Barack H. Obama hates about the America he inherited — and how he plans to change all that. Obviously not every person in the United States will fit every instance of American exceptionalism on this list; in fact, some folks will see the entire list as alien and frightening. (We have a name for such people; we call them “liberals.”)
But for the most part, this list defines the character of America. And even with the staggering pressure that modern life puts upon these eternal verities, America still exhibits these character traits more strongly than any other country on God’s green earth. Collectively, they are what make us unique on the globe: uniquely moral, uniquely powerful, uniquely rich, and uniquely free.
So here they are, The Ten Uniquements:
Americans are self-reliant: They want work, not welfare; their own insurance, not government-controlled health care; and an open choice where to send their kids for school (or to educate them at home).
Obama wants to change America so that everybody must rely upon the government for every aspect of life, from womb to tomb.
Americans are personally generous: We prefer our aid to be voluntary, not coerced, enforced, or expropriated by some government bureaucrat sitting in D.C. (or the Hague).
Obama wants to institutionalize and nationalize all acts of emergency aid, foreign and domestic… and make them into entitlements.
Americans are individually empowered: If attacked by criminals or terrorists, they would rather rely on their own weapons to defend themselves and theirs than comply with their attackers’ demands and hope the police finally arrive. (Viz., from women shooting attempted rapists to what the passengers of Flight 93 did)
The One We Have Been Waiting For With Bated Breath has made it plain that, were it up to him, Americans would be disarmed, forcing them to depend upon overwhelmed and underfunded police forces. Except for rich Hollywood liberals — and of course politicians — who would have heavily armed bodyguards at beck and call.
Americans are antiracists, antisexists, and anticreedists: We really don’t judge people by the color of their skins; worse, we actually do insist upon judging them by the content of their characters!
“Justice” Sonia Sotomayor.
For those tasks that require government, Americans prefer that government be as small and close to them as possible: city before county, county instead of state, state in preference to national; and for goodness’ sake, national always ahead of international!
No comment necessary.
Americans would rather limp along under a government that is too weak than be crushed by a government that is too strong: They demand lower taxes, even if that means fewer programs.
The Obamacle and his faction in Congress now openly talk about hiking taxes back up to where they were under Jimmy Carter. But realistically, that’s nowhere near enough to pay for their rapacity; that would require an average of 60%-70% for everyone.
Similarly, Americans prefer smaller companies: We encourage individuals to start up small businesses, rather than longing for the entire workforce to be tied to a handful of giant, multinational conglomerates.
Taxing “the rich” inevitably means especially heavy taxes on small business; taxing medical-insurance payments kills small business; high interest rates — guaranteed, once government runs the economy — means the utter destruction of small business; and extending the power of unions into every company, no matter how small, will bring about the consolidation of all labor into one big glob of corporatism… which is, of course, the goal of the “liberal fascism” that Jonah Goldberg describes.
Americans are not envious: Each of us sees himself (or his children) as perhaps being rich one day, so we don’t punish success.
The B.O. administration is brazen in its contempt for a flat or even semi-flat tax system; they want a sharply “progressive” tax rate, where “the rich” are socked with higher and higher surtaxes, windfall profit taxes, inheritance taxes, and a gargantuan capital-gains tax. (Of course, they also intend to define “rich” downward until it includes everybody who isn’t on welfare… and they also favor a highly regressive national sales tax in addition to a progressive income tax. Perhaps they’re just happy taxers and loopy looters.)
But they also support regulations to enforce, not just equality of opportunity, but equality of outcome, no matter what life choices someone makes; they long for a Harrison Bergeron world, where everyone is truly equal — even if that means a “Handicapper General” to ensure that all are equally poor and equally miserable.
Americans are evangelists: We believe in spreading the faith of “ethical monotheism” everywhere, even to places that have never known anything but religious oppression and “holy” warfare. (Even many of us non-religious Americans support that goal!)
Obama sees religion as the handmaiden of radical politics, as his twenty-year association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright demonstrates. His liberal goodfellas in Congress side with the ACLU on most of its attacks on public religious displays. (But on one occasion, Obama himself went against form, nominating the evangelical Christian Francis Collins to head up the NIH.)
Americans are evangelists: We believe in spreading the government of individualism, Capitalism, and deregulated democratic republicanism everywhere, even to places that have never known anything but despotism and crony-cannibalism.
Barack “Lucky Lefty” Obama prefers instead to import into America all the evils of foreign welfare states and tyrannies — from the government health care of Britain, Canada, and Japan, to the corporate nationalizations of Oogo Chavez’s Venezuela, to the rule-by-decree of banana republics from South America to the South Pacific, to the torpid fatalism and dhimmitude of much of the Middle East.
Oh, heck — let’s make it a baker’s dozen:
Americans are adamantly participatory: We cannot be silenced, disenfranchised, shut up, sent home, pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered… our lives (and thoughts and votes) are our own. We are cardinals, not ordinals.
Obama prefers that Congress simply enact his proposals without regard for the people; if the people get unruly enough, he will dissolve them and appoint a new people (subject to Senate confirmation).
Bills are shoved through committees on swift, party-line votes; and he instructs the full House and Senate have it on his desk in a couple of weeks… preferably without representatives and senators confusing matters by trying actually to read the bills before passing them.
For the rest of us, we should stand quietly in line and wait for instructions.
Americans are bold, brave, and grand: Our plans are expansive, not cramped; our crusades are universal, not limited; our expectations are sky-high; and our demands are impossible… yet we regularly meet them.
The B.O. administration tells us we must slash our expectations of future medical cures, “spend money to keep from going bankrupt,” bow to the wishes of Putin, Kim, and Ahmadinejad, close Guantanamo Bay, get out of the Middle East, stop making waves, don’t expect prosperity anytime soon — and stop using energy. Or else. I fear a terrible malaise is creeping out of la Casa Blanca.
Americans are stubborn, obstinant, querulous, gritty, cantankerous, peevish, grudge-nursing, quick to anger, and often violently intemperate… and those are our best qualities! That’s why we’re still around, the oldest government in the world still functioning by and large according to its foundational documents, with no sign of dying — or allowing Lucky Lefty from Chicago to turn America into New Amsterdam.
Obama wants America to be liked. To be liked, we must be nice. To be nice is to be accomodating — to everyone else. We’ve had our turn; in all fairness, it’s now time to hand the reins to other countries — say, Iran, North Korea, China, Venezuela, and Russia. Let them drive for a few decades.
Oh, all right… and “one to grow on”:
Americans are brutally honest: We despise corruption — of the soul or of the public purse.
Obama prefers Chicago Rules — vote buying, suing his opponents off the ballot, suppressing his opponents’ vote count, elections run by union thugs, back-room deals, White House threats against reluctant congressmen, and pals and gals making a killing off of sweetheart stimulous deals. It’s no shock — from little ACORNs, mighty orcs grow.
There you go — some indeterminate number of things he hates about us, about America as it is — and what he wants to overthrow and create in its place… America as he thinks it should be. Now, what are we going to do about it?
Cross-posted on Big Lizards…
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