Monday, May 19, 2008

Who Cares?

In general, I'm horribly bored by national politics. When I'm not busy being thoroughly disgusted, that is. But even I can't let this one go:

"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," Obama said.

"That's not leadership. That's not going to happen," he added.

(I do wonder about that ellipses in the middle of that statement. What did the AP leave out?)

But anyway, who cares if other countries say it's OK or not? I certainly don't lie awake at night worrying that France or China or Ghana or [insert country that may or may not like us here] might not like me keeping my personal A/C on all day in my own personal house. I certainly don't shop at the grocery store thinking, "Hmmmm . . . I could by this package of string cheese, because it's just what we need, but what would Finland think? How could I show my face in that country after this burst of extravagance?"

Don't even get me started about Brendan's convertible. Obviously, we have no shame.

And what's with this "That's not going to happen" statement? Are we going to have the Secret Service patrolling restaurants? "Excuse me sir, but you look as if you're about to eat As Much As You Want. One more bite and you'll have to come with us."

Because if this man's serious about what he just said (and I know he's not stupid), because if America uses "what other countries think is OK" as the primary standard by which we write laws and live our lives, then that's what it'll come to. I'm just sayin'.

Via Myrhaf


Monica said...

This statement totally floored me.

This man is so dangerous. Welcome to government control over every aspect of your life.

Sue said...

He is seriously scary!

Myrhaf said...

What is really scary is that Obama seems to believe the things he says. To advocate socialism after the 20th century, you have be utterly clueless.

Kim said...

I think deliberate evasion is eternal. If you're convinced to evade reality--no amount of proof is going to convince you. After all, it's from the reality you've already decided you don't believe in.

The only hope is that normal people aren't hopeless evaders--but they aren't well-educated in history or economics or morality enough to understand. They come from government schools that also don't believe in reality and do a piss-poor job of teaching any decent skills.

I don't normally sound so negative, but it does seem to be a rather vicious cycle.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Obama is indeed "seriously dangerous." I wonder how soon we should start checking our TV's to make sure that Big Brother is not indeed watching us.

The Engineering Geek and I are beginning to think that the 20 acres out in the middle of nowhere on Chupadera Mesa is more and more attractive.

Rational Jenn said...

I'm in agreement with all of you. I think Obama is scarier because he covers up his rotten ideas with "charisma" and "a nice smile." Between the two, I'd prefer Clinton get the nod because at least she's pretty upfront about her brand of evil/crazy. And the closer Obama gets to it, the more he's letting slip. Yikes.

In my more paranoid moments, I often contemplate getting some acreage somewhere, too. Maybe we ought to look into that sooner rather than later!

Monica said...

Amen, sisters. I want to pay off my debt and then be able to afford to set up a farm in the middle of nowhere. I'm in!