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  •  Don't despair, GrandmaJ, and don't reject (4.00)
    modernity just yet.  Whether mainstream America likes it or not, the United States is only one little country on a big blue/green planet that it has to share with a lot of other countries and peoples.  

    When a spoiled brat who's mom has always told him he's the "bestest little boy ever" joins a nursery class, he has lessons to learn.  At first he grabs toys from the hands of his playmates, shouts over the teacher while she's reading, pushes to the front of the line for milk, and shoves other children into the dirt on the playground.  Sooner or later, however, it occurs to him that he has no friends, is avoided, is not invited to parties, and is not viewed as so clever or wonderful as mommy always said.  At that point he makes a choice - to be a bully and impoverished by the neglect of others or to conform to standards of acceptable conduct.  

    Reagan, Bush, Falwell, et al. are all telling Americans that they are the best, that they and their God are superior to all others.  That Americans have rights and no one else shares them.  That America is justified in lies, invasions, occupations, torture, and other atrocities even though we'd decry these in dictators abroad.  They are "Mommy" telling the spoiled brats in the American electorate that they are "so special".  

    Reality will obtrude soon.  The world will pull away in revulsion.  America will be isolated and hated.  It is happening already.

    As with the Soviet Union in the 1980s, so with the United States in the next decade.  Already the other nations of the world - those who embrace modernity and respect each other's rights - are banding together to take forward their interests without the United States.  Europe is consolidating as an economic bloc and forging a new consensus on promoting peace in Palestine and development in transition economies and Africa.  Russia and China are solidifying their relations with Middle Eastern countries to the lasting disadvantage of oil-hungry Americans.  Asian nations are organising as an independent bloc with common interests in preserving free trade, expanding growth and improving their share of global wealth through educated and talented young people.  All significant nations outside the USA are cooperating on environmental protection and climate change.

    America will learn harsh lessons as it is ostracised in coming years.  At the end it will not have the stature or economic dominance it once did, but it may well be a better global citizen.  

    I'm a pissed off patriot and I approve this message

    by LondonYank on Fri Nov 12, 2004 at 01:29:01 AM PST

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    •  Spoiled Brat (none)
      When a spoiled brat who's mom has always told him he's the "bestest little boy ever" joins a nursery class, he has lessons to learn.  At first he grabs toys from the hands of his playmates, shouts over the teacher while she's reading, pushes to the front of the line for milk, and shoves other children into the dirt on the playground.  Sooner or later, however...

      He gets elected President because he talks about Jesus.

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