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Victor Davis Hanson: Our Battered American [gets angrier - Must Read Rant]
pajamasmedia.com ^ | February 20, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 02/20/2009 11:07:45 AM PST by Tolik

I am meeting a few battered Americans these days. There are not many left, but those that are seem to sound alike. Yes, I think I am beginning to understand Mr. Battered American, and he sounds tired and a bit like this.

“I’m sorry Mr. President, but we are just not dictatorial in the Middle East. You said the Saudis, not America, showed courage over there. But, Mr. President, the Saudis, they live under Sharia law! And my God!—they once engineered crippling oil boycotts against our nation. And wasn’t it they who produced 15 of the 19 killers on 9/11? So no, Mr. President, those Saudis—they simply are not courageous. Now Mr. Biden, there is no reason to set the reset button on foreign policy, as you promised all those Europeans. None at all. Tell that resetting stuff instead to Ahmadinejad, Chavez, that Korean nut, Putin, and all the other thugs who kill and cause misery, but not to our America that saves and feeds and helps. Mrs. Clinton, it’s now your turn. We are not impulsive as you told the world. So you can stop apologizing for America’s recent behavior—unless you think the world would be a better place with the Taliban, and Saddam and his two boys in power. Or maybe Europe should have Schroeder and Chirac back, or Libya with nuclear weapons, or Khalid Sheik Mohammed freed from Guantanamo. Or maybe America shouldn’t have given that $15 billion for AIDs relief in Africa, or helped with earthquakes in Pakistan and tsunamis in Indonesia. Now all that was sorta impulsive.”

As he thinks about this apology business, the battered American always gets a little angrier,

“And another thing. Mr. Holder, I’ve never said or done a racist thing in my life, not one. Always supported equal opportunity, always will. So don’t call me a “coward” or my countrymen “cowards,” not when you’re my Attorney General. You are The Attorney General of the United States of America, so please, no more playing Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, leveling the latest shake-down charge on television. That’s not really in your job description to call your own countrymen “cowards.” When I was in high school I was taught that name-calling like that might be what they said was “projection.” So maybe, just maybe, you have been cowardly—and arrogant too—but not those whom you accused of all that. At least if someone asked me to help pardon a fugitive on the FBI’s most wanted list, I would have said “no.” Always, no exceptions, period! Anything else? That would be cowardly.”

Our battered American I noticed gets even more riled up and would say to our new energy secretary,

“And another thing Mr. Chu, California isn’t going anywhere. What’s this dry up and blow away nonsense? You’re our Energy Secretary, not Jimmy Carter in his cardigan sweater or Al Gore doing interviews on that private jet. So Americans aren’t going to “vanish” in rural California. We’re proud that we created, by blood, and hard work, and suffering, the richest agricultural valleys in the world. They won’t disappear soon—at least not if you allow us to have the water that our great-grandfathers tapped and brought down from the Sierra, instead of letting it run full blast into the sea so that Speaker Pelosi’s mice can live more nicely in the bay than we do on our farms.”

I think this battered American would also say,

“Mr. President, I passed on buying that bigger house. When I wanted to refinance and put in that extra room, I also backed out, since I couldn’t meet that additional $400 a month on the debt. I never flipped a house; I never missed a mortgage payment; and I never took out a second, third, or fourth mortgage either. I didn’t even know there were such crazy things. So please don’t tell me that the 93% of us that played by our grandfathers’ rules are obligated to come to the rescue of the 7%, who did the exact opposite. At one of your town meetings, just one, instead of pandering to those who defaulted, ask one of us to stand up for paying our debts and then say to the crowd, “Give a hand to Mrs. Battered American. She pays her mortgage, so the rest of us don’t have to!” Try that just once.”

Mrs. Battered American would go on,

“I have two credit cards, and only use one, and it is not maxed out. And when I hear the radio blaring to renegotiate my mortgage, to renounce my credit card debt, or stick it to the IRS, I turn it off. I was raised to pay what I owe—or not to borrow the money in the first place. I never thought what I make today I would necessarily always make tomorrow, and so I did not go into debt on the chance that our government—other Americans—should pay off what I charged.”

“I tried to put away a little away for college, Mr. President. Just a bit for tuition and such. But when I did, my kids no longer qualified for loans, and scholarships and federal help. So, yes, I want more education. But we are in debt for over a trillion dollars this year, and maybe, just once, you might advise us to pass on that big-screen television, that digital camera, and instead put a tiny bit away for our girls’ tuition, or our boys’ books, so others won’t have to.”

“And Mr. President,” the battered American would add,

 “When I add up my federal income tax, my state income tax, my Medicare, and my Social Security taxes, I am paying half my income to the government. Wait— far more than half my income, when I figure in my sales and property and car taxes. My accountant, when I can afford one, tells me to pay, not dodge, what I owe. And, oh, Mr. President I am so tired of all those taxes, so tired, but I am so lawful as well. And so I pay the bill, all of it. Every dime. Unlike your Treasury Secretary, who runs the IRS, I never cheat. I don’t write off my kid’s camp as a business expense—hell, I don’t even send him to camp in the first place. And unlike your cabinet nominee Mr. Daschle, I don’t have a limousine. And if I got a free one, I would think someone had to pay for it. If used it every day, why shouldn’t I pay taxes on it? And unlike your Labor Secretary nominee, I have no liens on my property, Mr. President. But if I did, I’d pay them off before you nominated me—or bow out if I didn’t.”

This battered American would remember all that—I’ve seen it happen—and get angrier,

 “Mr. President, I have never been nominated for much, but when I did serve someone or something, I never bowed out like Mr. Richardson, because the government was never investigating whether or not I was a crook. Sorry, never happened.”

Finally, Mr. Battered American would snap back to Mr. President:

“I played by the rules, and put a little away in my 401(k). I knew the risks, not because the broker, the bank, or the firm told me all the risks, but because I never shook hands with any of them or even knew those who took my money and promised it was safe—and so I was never sure it really was. And I lost 30% of it. I will live by that too. But please, don’t tell me I must pay for AIG, and the state of California, and all those who charged too much on their VISAs. Just take more of my money in taxes to do all that—but, again, please, no more lectures that I have to, that I must, that I am obligated to. And no more of your team’s lecturing me about being patriotic in paying my taxes, and unpatriotic in not wanting to borrow more trillions that my kids’ kids will have to pay back.”



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1 posted on 02/20/2009 11:07:45 AM PST by Tolik
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2 posted on 02/20/2009 11:08:34 AM PST by Tolik
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To: Tolik

Amity Shales “The Forgotten Man” (and woman)...


3 posted on 02/20/2009 11:10:38 AM PST by sailor4321
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To: Tolik

I am Mr. Battered American.


4 posted on 02/20/2009 11:14:27 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: All
Cross-referencing:

Victor Davis Hanson: Enough Already [Eric Holder's "cowards" moral posturing]

Friday, February 20, 2009 11:41:17 AM  
NRO ^ | February 20, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
Many have weighed in on Eric Holder's "cowards" slur. He obviously hasn't paid much attention to college campuses, where the obsession with race permeates departments, curricula, hiring, faculty profile, student events, funding, etc. Bumper-sticker identification and hair-trigger readiness to accuse someone of racism to further a particular ideological or even personal agenda are now 30 years old and institutionalized in higher education. He is right on one count, however — in the university, public schools, journalism at large, the foundations, and politics, there is a reluctance in one aspect to broach the subject. It is absolutely taboo to suggest that...

 

5 posted on 02/20/2009 11:15:00 AM PST by Tolik
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To: Army Air Corps

I too am Mr. Battered American.


6 posted on 02/20/2009 11:15:15 AM PST by ironwill (I want my daddy's records.)
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To: Tolik
There's a lot of dry tinder out there.
And sparks are flying.
All we need is a little breeze to fan those sparks and this whole party is going to get real hot.
7 posted on 02/20/2009 11:15:55 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: ironwill

I am Mrs. Battered American.....and I’m ticked.


8 posted on 02/20/2009 11:16:19 AM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: Tolik
There's a reason why our forefathers said

"Don't Tread On Me"

In the month Comrade 0bama's regime took over, not one day has passed when he, or one of his minions, didn't piss me off.

The "Battered American" will take only so much. Fair warning: This Dog Bites!

9 posted on 02/20/2009 11:16:41 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Kenyan Usurper - "Let his days be few, and let another take his office." Psalm 109:8)
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To: Tolik

Would the “Batterd American” be the same folks that “cling to guns or religion”?

I guess that would be me then. “Battered”, indeed.


10 posted on 02/20/2009 11:18:51 AM PST by technically right
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To: ClearCase_guy
I see some signs of a buyers remorse at my place of employment. Granted, it's anecdotal evidence but all revolts start small
11 posted on 02/20/2009 11:19:56 AM PST by lakertaker
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To: Tolik

I am Mr. Battered American too.


12 posted on 02/20/2009 11:22:24 AM PST by texmexis best (uency)
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To: ironwill

I am Mr. Battered American.... and so’s my wife!


13 posted on 02/20/2009 11:23:29 AM PST by DryFly
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To: Tolik

Deep sigh... What was this battered american doing on Nov. 4 ‘09


14 posted on 02/20/2009 11:24:06 AM PST by Calusa (Subo como el Dolar. Bajo como el cafe.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

I am Mrs. Battered American too. I replaced our Stars and Bars with a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag last month.


15 posted on 02/20/2009 11:24:31 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Tolik

We conservatives, by our quiet acquiescence over the past 70 years, have allowed this to happen.

We have allowed these people to rise to power. We let them take over schools and universities. We let them take over the media. We let them infest business and politics with their socialism and political correctness.

We have no one to blame but ourselves.

It seems “live and let live” is no longer a viable political philosophy.


16 posted on 02/20/2009 11:25:40 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Tolik

bump


17 posted on 02/20/2009 11:28:29 AM PST by gibsosa
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To: PetroniusMaximus
It seems “live and let live” is no longer a viable political philosophy.

You are correct sir.

18 posted on 02/20/2009 11:29:27 AM PST by ironwill (I want my daddy's records.)
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To: technically right

Battered and clinging. That’s me.


19 posted on 02/20/2009 11:34:55 AM PST by JenB987
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To: lakertaker
...my place of employment

No wonder you all are feeling some buyer's remorse. Look what the people who don't go to a place of employment are going to get!

And if you do go to a place of employment, the Secretary of Transportation, a true koolaid drinker, wants to tax every mile you drive.

Because gasoline taxes are not bringing in as many dollars, dontcha know, since the mandating of fuel efficiency standards has enabled everyone to drive more miles per gallon purchased.

20 posted on 02/20/2009 11:37:34 AM PST by maica (Barack Obama is a Communist Party Project.)
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To: ironwill; Mrs. B.S. Roberts

Within the lifetime of millions of us, a very smart man from another country was heard to say,

“I am afraid that all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant, and filled him with a terrible resolve”.

I hear a sleeping giant stirring. About d*mn time.


21 posted on 02/20/2009 11:37:53 AM PST by CaptainAmiigaf ( NY Times: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: Tolik
Mr. Hanson seems to be more pissed off every day.

I like it.

22 posted on 02/20/2009 11:38:45 AM PST by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can.)
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To: Calusa
Not sure what this Battered American will be doing on Nov 4, '09, but on the last one, he was already mourning the Temps Perdu (having voted early and for McCain/Palin).
23 posted on 02/20/2009 11:40:20 AM PST by BelegStrongbow (The 'Stimulus' is a three-fold sin and every fold in it is mortal.)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
"(A)ll experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."
24 posted on 02/20/2009 11:41:50 AM PST by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: metesky

The usual advise to keep the head cool can be suspended in Hanson’s case. His head requires no such precautions. He can get pissed off and nail the bastards as clearly.


25 posted on 02/20/2009 11:43:36 AM PST by Tolik
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To: Army Air Corps

I am a battered American too. And the battering is going to continue for 4 years. (I remember Klinton use to do this whenever he was on foreign soil.)


26 posted on 02/20/2009 11:43:46 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: lakertaker
I see some signs of a buyers remorse at my place of employment. Granted, it's anecdotal evidence but all revolts start small

But don't we have to give Him an opportunity...???

27 posted on 02/20/2009 11:49:54 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Calusa
Deep sigh... What was this battered american doing on Nov. 4 ‘09

I don't know, since it hasn't happened yet. But I know on 11/4/2008 I was battered by being in line at 6:30 am waiting and ready to cast my ballot for McCain/Palin and against Obama/Biden. Lot of good it did.

28 posted on 02/20/2009 11:51:25 AM PST by chimera
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To: The Sons of Liberty
The "Battered American" will take only so much. Fair warning: This Dog Bites!

Absolutely Perfect.

29 posted on 02/20/2009 11:51:55 AM PST by BOBTHENAILER (my tagline is being stimulated)
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To: Tolik

Thanks to all those RINOs and national Republican elites who gave us John McCain.

(Who is not having any mortgage problems in his 8 homes.)


30 posted on 02/20/2009 11:58:24 AM PST by oldbill
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To: maica

And if anybody thinks they are going to substitute the mileage tax for the gasoline tax, dream on. That is simply a proposal to tax you twice. You will be paying the gas tax, AND the mileage tax, and be required to smile while doing so to keep Dear Leader happy.


31 posted on 02/20/2009 12:12:57 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia; maica

The mileage tax is so idiotic idea, I am at loss why its even in the news.

If you drive more - you buy more gasoline - you pay more taxes. Simple enough.

Even more: cars with worse gas-mileage will consume more gas and will pay more taxes: so you are punishing less environmentally-friendly cars and reward more environmentally friendly cars. Isn’t what they want?

It’s elementary, Watson.


32 posted on 02/20/2009 12:28:28 PM PST by Tolik
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To: Tolik
On Domestic Affairs, as on foreign Affairs, VDH is a brilliant writer.

A revolt is coming.

The "State Sovereignty" movement is an example of that.

Look for a repudiation of both coasts, with the Heartland leading.

This has the scent of the 1970s and the Jarvis tax revolt.

33 posted on 02/20/2009 12:59:53 PM PST by happygrl (BORG: Barack 0bama Resistance Group: we will not be assimilated)
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To: technically right

We are Battered Clingers.


34 posted on 02/20/2009 1:05:34 PM PST by bboop (obama, little o, not a Real God)
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To: Tolik
I'd decided to fly the Gadsden Flag at my home as a protest

About sums up how I feel about the current events

35 posted on 02/20/2009 1:13:45 PM PST by Popman (One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three is a Congress - John Adams)
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To: lakertaker

Could you elaborate a little more. I think we need a thread for these sorts of postings.


36 posted on 02/20/2009 1:19:13 PM PST by Bombshell
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To: DryFly
I am Mr. Battered American.... and so’s my wife!

That don't sound quite right.

37 posted on 02/20/2009 1:20:23 PM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Tolik

Damn the taboos - full speed ahead!

Prepare for ramming....


38 posted on 02/20/2009 1:33:55 PM PST by alloysteel (The term "Islam" does not mean "peace", it means "gaining serenity through surrender".)
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To: Tolik; blackie

““And another thing. Mr. Holder, I’ve never said or done a racist thing in my life, not one. Always supported equal opportunity, always will. So don’t call me a “coward” or my countrymen “cowards,” not when you’re my Attorney General. You are The Attorney General of the United States of America, so please, no more playing Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, leveling the latest shake-down charge on television.”

I don’t think I’ve ever seen VDH ticked off before. I like it!


39 posted on 02/20/2009 1:38:44 PM PST by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
We conservatives, by our quiet acquiescence over the past 70 years, have allowed this to happen.

Speak for yourself, not me. I have been neither quiet or aquiescent.

40 posted on 02/20/2009 1:55:49 PM PST by kabar
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To: AuntB

We need more that are cut from the same cloth of VDH!!!


41 posted on 02/20/2009 2:03:04 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: AuntB

Me too!!


42 posted on 02/20/2009 2:11:09 PM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Tolik

Isn’t what they want?

$$$$$

No. Dollars and control of people are what they want.

Consider this — the government taxes cigarettes higher every time a new group of people become ex-smokers, because govt budgets have written in a certain income stream from cigarette taxes.

The same thing with highway taxes. Politicians defer to the greenies by insisting that Detroit auto-makers stop making their profitable lines - the big engine vehicles - and then raise taxes on all the people who are buying less gasoline for their smaller engined foreign sedans.

In one of the southern states, water restrictions were put in place due to drought conditions, so revenues to the state from water bills went down. That state raised the rate that householders had to pay for water, just so the budget entry would continue to be the same amount of dollars.


43 posted on 02/20/2009 2:12:53 PM PST by maica (Barack Obama is a Communist Party Project.)
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To: Tolik

bump


44 posted on 02/20/2009 2:20:53 PM PST by CPT Clay (Drill ANWR, Personal Accounts NOW ,)
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To: maica

You are right, of course. Logic and common sense are casualties of their thirst for power.


45 posted on 02/20/2009 2:31:05 PM PST by Tolik
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To: Tolik

I still cannot really comprehend how they believe they will be immune to the destruction of our country after their policies and actions have destroyed it.

They really are missing the logic synapses of their brains.


46 posted on 02/20/2009 2:51:58 PM PST by maica (Barack Obama is a Communist Party Project.)
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To: oldbill
Be careful. Rabid McCain Derangement Syndrome, months after the election can be dangerous to your mental health
47 posted on 02/20/2009 3:17:49 PM PST by Jacquerie (Hayek is the antidote to Alinsky.)
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To: Tolik

Please add me to the list. Thx


48 posted on 02/20/2009 4:32:32 PM PST by newbie 10-21-00
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To: Tolik

Aye, battered American here too.


49 posted on 02/20/2009 4:42:18 PM PST by dforest
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To: Tolik

Go, Victor!

It’s going to be a race between how fast the left wingers can fraudulently pad the voter rolls, financed with taxpayer money to Acorn, and how fast the not totally brain dead voters in the middle figure out how corrupt and how simply wrong about most everything this administration is.


50 posted on 02/20/2009 5:08:40 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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