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Calling America: Hello? Hello? Hello? Hello?
NY Times ^ | Thomas L. Friedman

Posted on 11/03/2013 7:26:05 AM PST by nuconvert

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Whether we were feared or loved, America was always the outsized standard by which all others were compared. --

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Well, today, to many people, we look like the definition of a drunken driver — like a lifelong mentor who has gone on a binge and is no longer predictable. And, as for defining the future, the country that showed the world how to pull together to put a man on the moon and defeat Nazism and Communism, today broadcasts a politics dominated by three phrases: “You can’t do that,” “It’s off the table” and “The president didn’t know.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: america; obama; thomasfriedman

1 posted on 11/03/2013 7:26:05 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

I’m thinking Friedman will be getting a call from Obama’s handlers & minions


2 posted on 11/03/2013 7:28:07 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

Kind of like the US was under Peanut Boy.

Gas shortages, stunning interest rates, foreign policy fails, etc. I remember those dark days well.

With the all-out efforts of the MSM, the Baraqqi Regime was able to fake it past Nov 2012.

The next 3 yrs will be quite dismal.


3 posted on 11/03/2013 7:29:33 AM PST by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: nuconvert

The New York Slimes is drifting off the plantation with this one.


4 posted on 11/03/2013 7:31:06 AM PST by 2111USMC (Aim Small Miss Small)
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To: nuconvert
...put a man on the moon and defeat Nazism and Communism...

communism is alive and well and running things from the White House.

5 posted on 11/03/2013 7:32:13 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: 2111USMC

By the end of the essay he’s drinking his Kool-Aid again.


6 posted on 11/03/2013 7:32:27 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: nuconvert

Friedman will be found hanging from the rafters of his garage soon.


7 posted on 11/03/2013 7:34:45 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: nascarnation

8 posted on 11/03/2013 7:34:45 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“By the end of the essay he’s drinking his Kool-Aid again.”

Yeah, I know. It was good while it lasted, though


9 posted on 11/03/2013 7:36:10 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: JPG

LOL

I always believed that Jimmy was sincere and incredibly inept.

Maybe I’m naive but I still see him apart (and above) from the Chicago Mob and the Clinton Crime Family.


10 posted on 11/03/2013 7:37:33 AM PST by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: nuconvert

The editorial conference room at this paper ‘of record’ must look like the kitchen of a family whose kid just got into some serious trouble with permanent consequences. And the lawyers are pacing


11 posted on 11/03/2013 7:38:04 AM PST by stanne
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To: Slings and Arrows
Please quote the end of the article, then, to me, since I will NOT step foot on enemy webturf.

If you cannot because of copyright restrictions, please send it to my mailbox here. Thanks.

12 posted on 11/03/2013 7:38:48 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: nuconvert
I don't see this article as a criticism of Obama. I
see it as a criticism of conservatism and the Tea Party.

We don't have national health insurance, we don't have gun control, we don't have government financing of elections, and so forth. Friedman is a statist. Although he made some good observations in “The World is Flat,” almost all his policy recommendations involved more government spending, more government programs etc.

I cannot think of a single government program that Tom Friedman wants to reduce or eliminate. Quite a contrast to the other Friedman (Milton).

13 posted on 11/03/2013 7:39:44 AM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: nuconvert

What’d he say.? Can’t stand to read the lib!


14 posted on 11/03/2013 7:40:05 AM PST by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: nuconvert
Calling America: Hello? Hello? Hello? Hello?

This call has been intercepted by the NSA, the party you are trying to reach is no longer available.

15 posted on 11/03/2013 7:40:30 AM PST by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: nuconvert

“Calling America: Hello? Hello? Hello? Hello?”

2 CHRONICLES 7:14

If MY people, who are called by MY name, will humble themselves and pray and seek MY face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.


16 posted on 11/03/2013 7:43:09 AM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: nascarnation

At the time that is what I thought too. Then I saw how he was reacting during Nixon’s funeral and there was just something that bothered me. Did some research, Jimmy is a small small man and given his age now, unlikely to improve. He actually seems to have gotten worse, but maybe it is just that he isn’t as good as hiding his malevolence as he was when he was younger.


17 posted on 11/03/2013 7:44:37 AM PST by Ann de IL
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To: nuconvert

Calling Friedman....FU and your Dem Destroyers


18 posted on 11/03/2013 7:46:17 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: nuconvert
I was nodding my head in agreement until I got to this:
or where we just had a minority of a minority threaten to undermine America’s credit rating if we didn’t overturn an enacted law on health care; or where we can’t pass even the most common sense gun law banning assault weapons after the mass murder of schoolchildren?

Well it was good while it lasted.

19 posted on 11/03/2013 7:48:26 AM PST by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Yeah I thought it too good to be true so I linked to the article, Friedman has no sense of direction and has no compass, and he didn’t miss the opportunity to blame Bush a little.


20 posted on 11/03/2013 7:48:32 AM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: mc5cents

Hey, you can’t expect him to completely go off the reservation. He is a Lib, afterall.


21 posted on 11/03/2013 7:50:50 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

“Well, today, to many people, we look like the definition of a drunken driver..”

Should be:

“Well, today, to many people, Obama looks like the definition of a drunken driver..”


22 posted on 11/03/2013 7:53:47 AM PST by Rennes Templar (America needs Obamacare like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask.)
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To: nascarnation

I always believed that Jimmy was sincere and incredibly inept.


I did too. I’m willing to cut Jimmuh aome slack. I firmly believe that only AFTER he left office, did he fully blossom into the Jew-hating Leftist we see today.


23 posted on 11/03/2013 7:55:05 AM PST by rbg81
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Friedman will be found hanging from the rafters of his garage soon.

Did you read the article?

And that is what bothers me most today. It’s not just that we can no longer pull together to put a man on the moon. It’s that we can’t even implement proven common-sense solutions that others have long mastered — some form of national health care, gun control, road pricing, a gasoline tax to escape our budget and carbon bind.

Friedman's liberalism is in his DNA.

24 posted on 11/03/2013 7:55:23 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: nuconvert

On one hand Friedman is wistful about the American that defeated Communism. On the other hand, his panties are in a bunch because the Democratic process is occasionally messy. If he wants to see what a truly “unified” country can do, maybe he should spend some time in North Korea.

The truth is that Fiendman and his ilk would be perfectly fine if America WAS a communist country, as long as they were the Commissars.


25 posted on 11/03/2013 8:01:23 AM PST by rbg81
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To: nuconvert

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn_XsOUC9s0


26 posted on 11/03/2013 8:02:29 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: nuconvert

He seems fond of the modernity of Singapore, but I bet he’s not fond of their strict attitudes toward welfare and personal responsibility.


27 posted on 11/03/2013 8:47:12 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: nuconvert

More likely Bezos will get a call to ‘address concerns’ about Friedman.


28 posted on 11/03/2013 8:55:54 AM PST by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: nuconvert

Spoiled brat gigolo.


29 posted on 11/03/2013 8:56:34 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: JPG

Sadly, yes, I do miss Jimmah these dark and evil days.


30 posted on 11/03/2013 9:04:35 AM PST by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Maine Mariner
I cannot think of a single government program that Tom Friedman wants to reduce or eliminate. Quite a contrast to the other Friedman (Milton).

Didn't THIS Friedman once write an article lamenting the fact that we aren't supposed to be living under a dictatorship or authoritarian government, like Red China?

Mark

31 posted on 11/03/2013 11:02:19 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: nuconvert
Gee - Zus! This from Tom Friedman?
32 posted on 11/03/2013 11:11:47 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: MarkL

yes he did. That was why my comments were directed at those who thought Tom Friedman’s article was anti-Obama.
No I don’t think so. Friedman is a statist pure and simple.


33 posted on 11/03/2013 11:15:19 AM PST by Maine Mariner
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