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To: JLS
Sometimes great powers decline slowly, almost imperceptibly, as Britain did for much of the 20th century. Sometimes it’s more sudden and convulsive. Obama is attempting Euro-statism, but, unlike Europe, without the counterweight of America to preserve some approximate relationship to reality. Which is to say I do not think this decline will be genteel, for America or the world.

I really wish I could think of a counterargument.

4 posted on 06/22/2009 3:27:11 PM PDT by colorado tanker ("Lastly, I'd like to apologize for America's disproportionate response to Pearl Harbor . . . ")
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To: colorado tanker

We don’t need one. Wiser minds have already agreed. As C. S. Lewis put it, there are progressions in which the last step is sui generis, in which to take it is to undo all the work accomplished in all the previous steps. Lewis was talking in the context of the reduction of morality to a mindless phenomenon of nature, but turning the whole world’s financial engine socialist is also such a move.


5 posted on 06/22/2009 3:31:19 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (In only 19 weeks, 0 has enabled us to agree with the Taliban [his empty speechifying] - Iron Munro)
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To: colorado tanker

Steyn is an early alarmist about the US economy and about Islam in Europe. Early alarmists can be wrong, if their alarm is heeded and behavior changes. So let’s hope he is and we begin to see that in the 2012 midterm elections.

I think there is a good chance the health care bill goes no where. Obama spent all the money on the Dim’s self stimulation. That is temporary politics which is good as national health insurance would be more of a permanent change and harder to undo.


8 posted on 06/22/2009 3:49:17 PM PDT by JLS
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