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I have realized that, perhaps, I really am a conservative at heart. I would support this politician. Read some inspiring words of solidarity and progress -- can you resist?

This is just one of many stories that are not in the least spectacular, but still show how we can pull together.

There are friends and neighbors who take the initiative or put problems right. There are the families who provide loving care for their children and their family members every day. There are trade unionists and entrepreneurs who work together to ensure job security.

Trade unionists and entrepreneurs (not insanely described with religious discurse as 'job creators') -- I like!
These people and many others like them make our society compassionate and successful. In this way it became possible this year for us to have the lowest unemployment rate and the highest labor market participation...

For hundreds of thousands of families, this means having a safe future and earning recognition.

And for our young people this means security, an education, a job and thus a good start in life.

Social security for young people? Well, I'm liking the idea that it's society's responsibility to ensure social security, education, and employment prospects for all young people.
I would like to tell you about two small medical miracles: I recently met a 10-year-old boy who was born almost deaf. Then he received a highly advanced implant. Today, he can listen to music and go to school without problems.

I also met a young woman who has lived for three years with a replacement heart valve that is growing with her. It means she can play sports and lead a normal life.

These are small medical miracles. They are marks of our researchers' success. For this boy and this woman, research means hearing, or a heartbeat. It means daily life and quality of life.

For our country, research means jobs. If we can do something that others cannot, we preserve and create prosperity.

Hmmm...which corporation developed this girl's heart valve? Oh, society as large -- we built that heart valve. I'm liking! I bet that woman didn't even have to beg an insurance company CEO on Twitter to stay alive.
That is why we are investing more than ever before in education and research. That is why we are building [our country] into one of the most modern energy producers in the world. That is why we are preparing our country for demographic change, and that is why we are bringing public finances into order. These objectives will continue to guide us in 2013.

We need the right balance for our prosperity and our cohesion. We need a willingness to achieve as well as social security for all.

Social security for all? Sounds good to me -- just as long as we're not talking communism! And I don't think we are here! Maybe we're just talking not allowing people to go without food, shelter, or modern medicine? Cool!
At this hour in particular we should think about those who ensure our security, both here at home and far away.

They are our soldiers, police officers and civilian helpers who do their job for us at great personal sacrifice. I know from my conversations with them, how much it means to them when we at home think of them. I especially want to express my thanks to them tonight.

Our confidence for the coming year may take sustenance from a saying of the Greek philosopher Democritus. He said: "Courage marks the beginning of action, fortune the end."

Wow, thanking the police officers? I agree -- they do work hard! And, silly me, I thought we just had to fire these bastards -- I thought they were the problem. I'm glad to know we can celebrate public servants without behaving like Stalin reincarnated.
In this spirit, let us in 2013 continue to share the burden of those who are facing difficulty, people who are lonely or sick or in need of comfort.

Together, let us make the New Year one in which we again put our greatest strengths to the test: our togetherness, our continued capacity for new ideas that gives us economic power. Then [our country] will continue to be compassionate and successful.

Share the burden of the sick and insecure? Togetherness? Again, wow, I like these words and this discourse.

I think I just might be a conservative...if I lived here.

Reflect on these words -- and where they're coming from -- in light of the national embarrassment that is our own conservatism.

And, also, reflect on just how insane our politics are that anything close to the rhetoric displayed in this speech by one of our own politicians would be labelled 'left wing' and socialistic by not only the so-called 'conservatives', but also by the Very Serious People of the so-called 'mainstream media'.

Please, friends, reflect tonight with me.

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  •  I just have to answer (16+ / 0-)

    this love letter to Angela Merkel by pointing out that her conservatism and austerity policies have brought Europe to the brink of ruin again and again.  No thank you very much!

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 05:11:13 PM PST

    •  Point taken, but it's not a love letter to Angela (3+ / 0-)
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      Merkel insomuch as it is a love letter to sane, rational political discourse and social policy.

      As much as Angela Merkel's austerity fetish is intensely problematic for the 'PIIG' countries, the reality is that mainstream conservatism -- and even most mainstream democrats -- in the USA are vastly more dangerous in terms of promoting social security, equity and quality of life.

    •  And I suppose I would also add that given the (0+ / 0-)

      current structure of institutions in Europe, Angela Merkel is in between a rock and a hard place -- how can she do what's best for Germany whilst also doing what's best for Europe? Within the current structures, it's very, very difficult, if not impossible. Again, I accept your point, but just explaining my point of view.

    •  I was thinking along the same lines. (1+ / 0-)
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      Keep in mind Germany is a relatively small country in a larger Europe.  Imagine if the US were like Europe.  This would be like the Governor of New York lauding all the great social good provided for his state.

      Then she makes a very different speech: about how those horrible spendthrifts in Arkansas had better squeeze a little tighter and balance their budgets before the NY banks bond holdings became completely worthless.

      Sorry.  Not a big Merkel fan.

  •  We can learn more than a few things from Germany (4+ / 0-)
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    Firearms ownership license
    A firearms ownership license (Waffenbesitzkarte) must be obtained before a weapon can be purchased. Owners of multiple firearms need separate ownership licenses for every single firearm they own. It entitles owners to purchase firearms and handle them on their own property and any private property with property owner consent. On public premises, a licensed firearm must be transported unloaded and in a stable, fully enclosing, locked container. A weapons ownership license does not entitle the owner to shoot the weapon or carry it on public premises without the prescribed container. Owners must obtain mandatory insurance and a means to securely store the weapon on their premises (a weapons locker).
    Persons who are
    convicted felons
    have a record of mental disorder or
    are deemed unreliable (which includes people with drug or alcohol addiction histories and known violent or aggressive persons)

    are barred from obtaining a firearms ownership license.

    The Weapons Act of 2002 increased the age requirements for licensed hunters and competition shooters. It also introduced the requirement of a psychological evaluation for persons under the age of 25 to fulfil the requirement of personal adequacy for large-bore firearms.
    Germany     1.10 / 100,000
    United States 10.2 / 100,000

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 05:23:05 PM PST

  •  I am for all things good, and opposed to all bad (3+ / 0-)
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    It's the standard snake oil sale.  I love everything good!  I hate everything bad!   Don't you hate everything bad!?!?  

    That guy over there, since he opposes me, must like everything bad and want everything good!

    These kind of rantings have become more common and they appeal to the weakest of minds.  It makes the base assumption that there is only one path to "good" and "bad" but there are absolutely no alternate, or better ways.

    Two people want to free a kitten from a tree.   One person thinks he should climb the tree.  The other proposes getting an 8 foot ladder.

    Both want a good thing.   But the person climbing the tree is doing something a lot riskier than a person using a ladder.

    So, while both may not be evil, one is clearly better than the other.

    What America is really suffering from right now is a real and meaningful debate.   I have never believed that only the (R) or (D) have a lockjaw on the truth.. but that has slowly changed over the years, because the principled and reasoned arguments have slowly drifted out of the (R).

    I'm OK with viciously arguing about policy and ideas.. even if I think the other side is dead wrong if I believe it has developed a position out of reason.   But too much of the current Republican strategy right now is built about denying reason.

    Think about my example above, two people, a ladder and a climber.   They go back to debate:   Yes, a ladder may be safer, but the cat can run away from you, if you're in a tree.. etc. etc. etc.   And you can have a reasoned debate with a lot of options here, where both sides make a well-reasoned argument.

    But when the argument is: Despite all science, facts, studies and results, I believe that I am commanded by GOD to do X or I oppose this "Just Because" or deny that statistics are, in fact, statistics you enter into a weird area that prevents any reasoned discourse.

    The American public deserves far more than this.   We deserve a strong liberal party that puts forward it's values.  And we deserve a strong conservative party that makes a reasoned case for it's values.

    We do because when you don't have that there is no effective compromise or reason, there is just negotiations.. like a hostage crisis on every issue

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 05:30:34 PM PST

    •  quite right (0+ / 0-)

      Merkel is just that: absence of any firm policy. Thats not the worst that can happen (US ideologues are far worse) but basically she neutralizes Germany´s capacity for thought out, deliberate policy for Europe just when it wouldbe desperately needed in everyone´s interest. She´s a survivalist: promising everyone everything, she manages to stay in the top spot, and piss off the least amount of people, but for the challenges of today that is simply not enough. That´s our bad luck (I´m a German-European, and I do wish we could get rid of her, but it doesnt really look like we will).

      The Westerwelle/UN abstention desaster is a case in point. Her inept handling of the debt crisis another. She´s really not that interested in contents and she allows any particulate-interest group free rampage if she believes that will stabilize her government. Well, to an extent that´s to be expected from any politician, but with Merkels there is simply no political objective behind it all, except assembling the broadest coalition to preserve the status quo (which is naturally conservative then).

  •  Our conservatives aren't conservative. (8+ / 0-)

    They're regressive. They're destructive, ignorant, radical regressives.
    That isn't conservative.
    The average Dem is more conservative than our "conservatives".

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 05:35:56 PM PST

  •  You certainly (1+ / 0-)
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    wouldn't be the only conservative on this website.

  •  The Germans took a long time (3+ / 0-)

    to become the sane and sensible country they are today. They went through decades of nationalistic megalomania and two brutal wars followed by crushing defeat and complete economic collapse before they gave up their dreams of empire.  

    We may have to go through worse than that before we can rebuild ourselves into anything remotely sane.

    There is not such a cradle of democracy upon this earth as the Free Public Library

    by gorgonza on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 07:00:15 PM PST

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