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Letter to Our European Friends - Everything you need to know about our presidential campaign.
Weekly Standard ^
| P.J. O'Rourke
Posted on 01/26/2008 4:47:28 AM PST by gpapa
America is in the midst of an all-important electoral campaign. But, talking to Europeans, I've discovered that there is puzzlement and misinformation on your continent about what's happening on ours. Europeans feel an understandable confusion when faced with a political system consisting of two houses of Congress and a White House, and nobody is home in any of them.
Also, America's political parties are indistinguishable to the European eye. A British journalist once described the situation thus: "America is a one-party state, but just like Americans they've got two of them." (I forget which British journalist said that. But there are so many British journalists who should be forgotten. Maybe it was Alexander Cockburn.)
The difference between American parties is actually simple. Democrats are in favor of higher taxes to pay for greater spending, while Republicans are in favor of greater spending, for which the taxpayers will pay. In foreign policy, Republicans intend to pursue the war in Iraq but to do so with a minimal number of troops on the ground. This is not to be confused with the disastrous Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld policy of using a minimal number of troops on the ground to pursue the war in Iraq. Democrats intend to end the war, but they don't know when. Democrats are making the "high school sex promise": I'll pull out in time, honest!
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posted on 01/26/2008 4:47:32 AM PST
PJ is a national treasure.
posted on 01/26/2008 4:59:14 AM PST
(He who has the guns makes the rules)
PJ at his best. Especially loved this little gem:
Mike Huckabee lost some support among the hard-core fundamentalists when Bible Belt denizens realized that John McCain was the only candidate with enough guts to really handle rattlesnakes at church. The rest of the public remains alert to the fact that evangelical Christianity, as a movement, has two faces--the Moral Majority face and the Tammy Faye Bakker face.
posted on 01/26/2008 5:03:29 AM PST
(Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
"Being a Republican, I'm backing Hillary Clinton. Because she could lose. The reason is not that she's a woman. The reason is that she's the particular woman who taught the 4th grade class that every man in America wished he were dead in. Hillary Clinton is Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown. Hillary Clinton is "America's ex-wife.""
posted on 01/26/2008 5:26:33 AM PST
posted on 01/26/2008 5:28:48 AM PST
(The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
posted on 01/26/2008 6:02:55 AM PST
(The right to buy weapons is the right to be free)
—you need to repost this later after everybody is up-—
posted on 01/26/2008 6:43:01 AM PST
(--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
you need to repost this later after everybody is up
And raise the ire of the multiple-posting police?
posted on 01/26/2008 7:03:40 AM PST
(It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect . . .)
I can't get up off the floor and can't stop laughing!
I liked this one: "The Republicans will have a hard time coming up with someone who can't beat Hillary Clinton. But I don't put it past them."
posted on 01/26/2008 8:50:12 AM PST
by Savage Beast
("History is not just cruel. It is witty." ~Charles Krauthammer)
posted on 01/26/2008 4:47:46 PM PST
(I have to hope for a brokered GOP Convention. It can't get any worse.)
” If they want votes they shouldn’t campaign to make abortion illegal or legal. They should campaign to make it retroactive. If a kid reaches 25 and he or she is still jobless, feckless, and sitting around Starbucks acting like a—no offense—European, then whack.”
Now THAT’S funny !
posted on 01/28/2008 11:22:53 AM PST
(Liberals aren't atheists. They simply worship government.)
posted on 01/28/2008 8:08:15 PM PST
(quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
To: 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; ...
Funny stuff. Read the whole article.
To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
posted on 01/30/2008 7:40:57 PM PST
by stand watie
(Resistance to tyrants is OBEDIENCE to God. Thomas Jefferson, 1804)
To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Thanks, I marked it for morning.
posted on 01/30/2008 8:02:13 PM PST
To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Amazed this saw the light of day. If Ann Coulter had written it and she is almost as good a wordsmith as O’Rourke but not quite there would have been blood on the floor. It completely expresses the lunacy of our current situation, without cutting Europe any slack, either.
posted on 01/31/2008 10:57:50 AM PST
by Albion Wilde
("How [Obama] stumbled onto Walter Mondale's political philosophy is beyond me." —Tony Blankley)
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