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American Banana Republic (Mark Steyn)
National Review Online ^ | September 20, 2013 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 09/20/2013 9:56:47 PM PDT by neverdem

The decay of a free society doesn’t happen overnight, but we’re getting there.

‘This is the United States of America,” declared President Obama to the burghers of Liberty, Mo., on Friday. “We’re not some banana republic.”

He was talking about the Annual Raising of the Debt Ceiling, which glorious American tradition seems to come round earlier every year. “This is not a deadbeat nation,” President Obama continued. “We don’t run out on our tab.” True. But we don’t pay it off either. We just keep running it up, ever higher. And every time the bartender says, “Mebbe you’ve had enough, pal,” we protest, “Jush another couple trillion for the road. Set ’em up, Joe.” And he gives you that look that kinda says he wishes you’d run out on your tab back when it was $23.68.

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“That’s all very ominous,” wrote my colleague Jonah Goldberg the other day, perhaps a little too airily for my taste. I’d rank it somewhere north of “ominous.”

“Banana republic” is an American coinage — by O. Henry, a century ago, for a series of stories set in the fictional tropical polity of Anchuria. But a banana republic doesn’t happen overnight; it’s a sensibility, and it’s difficult to mark the precise point at which a free society decays into something less respectable. Pace Obama, ever swelling debt, contracts for cronies, a self-enriching bureaucracy, a shrinking middle class preyed on by corrupt tax collectors, and thuggish threats against anyone who disagrees with you put you pretty far down the banana-strewn path.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: steyn

1 posted on 09/20/2013 9:56:47 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: JLS

Ping


2 posted on 09/20/2013 9:57:39 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Sten ping.

Freepmail me, if yo want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ping neverdem.


3 posted on 09/20/2013 10:00:58 PM PDT by JLS
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To: neverdem

But a banana republic doesn’t happen overnight; it’s a sensibility, and it’s difficult to mark the precise point at which a free society decays into something less respectable.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

It’s a Frog in the Pot thing.


4 posted on 09/20/2013 10:04:05 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: neverdem

The commies in the Soviet Union quit the game a little to soon. They won the Cold War.


5 posted on 09/20/2013 10:25:48 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: neverdem
‘This is the United States of America,” declared President Obama to the burghers of Liberty, Mo., on Friday. “We’re not some banana republic.”

He sure makes us look like one.

6 posted on 09/20/2013 10:51:56 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Aquamarine

The thing about Banana Republics...is that they are so fake.

The top guy, el presidentee, is always a fake. Senators are fake. Journalists are fake. Stories in the press are generally fake. Successful businesses are fake. Profits are fake. Losses are fake. Corruption is fake to a relative point. Life....is a day to day event...mostly fake in nature.

I spent three years in Panama before Noriega was taken down. I actually rode the city buses, walked around downtown, and surveyed the rich and poor of the country. Unless you’ve been to such a place, noted the corrupted politics, and lived like a local guy....you really don’t grasp the full meaning of a banana republic.

It’s debatable to me if we live today in such a place. Politics, journalism, business, taxation, and law enforcement are mostly fake. There are things working against them, and I’m of the mind that we are in a battle of sorts....being held back from being a banana republic....by millions who refuse to participate in such an arrangement.


7 posted on 09/20/2013 11:00:48 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Aquamarine

“banana republic.”

I had “NO BANANA REPUBLIC” on the sign I carried to the Racine (WI) winter tea party, must have been 3 yrs ago. Cold day, but we filled up a field. I guess it is finally starting to filter up enough the El-Presidente has to counter it.


8 posted on 09/20/2013 11:17:22 PM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: pepsionice
....being held back from being a banana republic....by millions who refuse to participate in such an arrangement.

Mostly Christian's. Those who love God love liberty.

9 posted on 09/20/2013 11:24:30 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: neverdem

For later reading.


10 posted on 09/20/2013 11:33:29 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: logic101.net
Ha!

Obama should talk to Fidel Castro about how the Republican's (who represent half the country) are "messin with him". Castro could sympathize and give him advice on how to run a banana republic.

11 posted on 09/20/2013 11:33:54 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: JLS

I would like to be on the list please. Thank you.


12 posted on 09/20/2013 11:46:35 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: chessplayer

They lost the cold war. The commies in the USA won.


13 posted on 09/20/2013 11:57:40 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: neverdem

Obama is a Tyrant and Dictator with a CHEESEY SMILE, so the Low Information Voter thinks he’s HARMLESS even though their lives are WORSE OFF now and so is the country that they inhabit. But hey....he’s COOL MAN!!


14 posted on 09/21/2013 2:11:19 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: neverdem

Lets put it this way.

The United States of America was not a Banana Republic, until it elected a Banana Republic Negro wannabee Dictator.

Now-—it is what it is.


15 posted on 09/21/2013 2:53:15 AM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: neverdem

When you see it summed up this way, it’s blood curdling. And I’m not sure we can vote our way out of it, because the one -party system is almost fully installed now. The Dems have been working in this direction for years and I think they’ve pretty much achieved it.


16 posted on 09/21/2013 3:14:34 AM PDT by livius
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To: JLS; neverdem

Thank you once again, Mr. Steyn, for telling us all what a crap hole of corruption America has become, and that “...no one seems to mind very much.”

You couldn’t be more wrong about that last bit.


17 posted on 09/21/2013 7:13:24 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Henry Hnyellar

“They lost the cold war. The commies in the USA won.”

That’s an important insight; one that others would do well to ponder.


18 posted on 09/21/2013 7:23:48 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: neverdem
Not too many years ago, Steyn seemed one of the most optimistic political observers around, enthusiastic and hopeful as he chronicled the American Experiment. Nowadays he is just the opposite.

That alone tells you how much we have degenerated as a country and society.

19 posted on 09/21/2013 7:40:48 AM PDT by Gritty (Nobody wants to hear about American exceptionalism when the issue is American ineffectualism-MSteyn)
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To: neverdem
The National Parks Service, which I had carelessly assumed was the service responsible for running national parks, has been making videos on Muslim women’s rights: “Islam gave women a whole bunch of rights that Western women acquired later in the 19th and 20th centuries, and we’ve had these rights since the seventh century,” explains a lady from AnNur Islamic School in Schenectady at the National Park Service website, nps.gov. Fascinating stuff, no doubt. But what’s it to do with national parks? Maybe the rangers could pay Dan Beckmann a quarter-million bucks to look into whether the National Parks’ Islamic outreach is using social media as effectively as it might.

It just makes my blood boil!!!!

20 posted on 09/21/2013 8:20:42 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Gritty

The “Democratic Party” was once the KKK Party, the slave owners Party. And now, it is ever the more comfortable in resuming that role. As George Wallace would likely have said if he was still alive, “Not two bits of difference between the Democratic Party and the Communist Party USA.”

In fact, I think they have merged, having common goals.


21 posted on 09/21/2013 8:59:08 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (The question is not whether Obama ever lies, but whether he ever tells the truth.)
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To: All
AMNESTY SUCKUP SEZ "Once Congress approves an immigration increase, minorities should demand more, said Chicago Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a leading advocate of the pending Senate bill, “The next day after we pass it, you know we’re not going to be satisfied, we’re going to come back,” he said. “We’re going to have a civil rights act, we’re going to have a voting rights act… Nobody is leaving this fight once we conclude this first chapter,” he said. “Hopefully, in 30 years, [we] can bring immigrants… from all over the world,” Gutierrez said.

-----this about says it all towards what his real motives are and what his goals are..the taxpayers have to pay him to attack us and ruin our country........

He forgot to mention they're all gathered at the Mexican border lying in wait to soak taxpayers and cheat the US govt---wire transfers at the ready to drain US dollars into their Third World hellholes----including US foreign aid, food stamp foreign aid, wire EITC SS, SSI, UI, welfare checks, etc, etc, etc.

LYING IN WAIT FOR OUR TAX DOLLARS---THESE IMPOVERISHED COUNTRIES CURRENTLY HAVE ORGANIZED PRESSURE GROUPS INSIDE THE US (here illegally): Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico (stateside)l Salvador, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela.

22 posted on 09/21/2013 10:58:44 AM PDT by Liz
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To: sickoflibs; Liz
According to the Census Bureau’s latest “American Community Survey,” between 2000 and 2012 the nation’s median household income dropped 6.6 percent. Yet in the District of Columbia median household income rose 23.3 percent. According to a 2010 survey, seven of the nation’s ten wealthiest counties are in the Washington commuter belt.

No wonder the IRS is paranoid about conservatives looking at their shenanigans.

23 posted on 09/21/2013 11:48:27 AM PDT by GOPJ ( Politicians who fear the people seek to disarm them. - - Bill St. Clair)
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To: wintertime
It’s a Frog in the Pot thing...

"Truer words"...the question being, how do we get the "Frog" out of the "Pot" before we're all reduced to tasting "just like chicken"??!!

I'd laugh if it wasn't so un-funny! :(

24 posted on 09/21/2013 2:46:42 PM PDT by 88keys
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To: JLS
Thanks as always for the ping...

Some good comments here, and we ALL do resist the attempts to turn America into a "global-playing banana republic"!!

25 posted on 09/21/2013 2:53:22 PM PDT by 88keys (I'm sorry, sir, I don't fit in a handbasket...)
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To: neverdem

Steyn at his best.


26 posted on 09/21/2013 5:26:59 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: livius
You are right, we are in a one party system. The party of queens and subservients
27 posted on 09/21/2013 10:21:13 PM PDT by Squat (Deport the illegals now! Turn Home Depot's into the prisons to hold the illegals!.)
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