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There’s No Excuse for this Much Stupid

September 29th, 2013 - 11:49 am

Mark Steyn:

A few years ago, after the publication of my book “America Alone,” an exasperated reader wrote to advise me to lighten up, on the grounds that “we’re rich enough to be stupid.” That’s to say, Western democracies and their citizens are the wealthiest societies ever known, and no matter how much of our energies are wasted on pointless hyper-regulation for the business class and multigenerational welfare for the dependency class and Transgender and Colonialism Studies for our glittering youth, we can afford it, and the central fact of our wealth will ensure that our fortunes do not change. Since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, we have been less rich, and our stupidity ought in theory to be less affordable. Instead, it’s been supersized. To take only the most obvious example, President Obama has added six-and-a-half trillion bucks to the national debt, and has nothing to show for it. As Churchill would say, had his bust not been bounced from the Oval Office, never in the field of human spending has so much been owed by so many for so little.

Short version: It can happen here.

A nation can survive political and cultural classes which don’t believe in and support its heritage and its institutions — but not for very long.

We do still have time to turn this thing around, and in the end I believe we will. But it’s going to get rough, much rougher than its been. Because before we can turn it around, we’re going to have to first run out of excuses for stupidity.

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Well, Mark, if Thomas Jefferson's words are anything to go by (and I strongly think they are), and keeping in mind that the meta-narrative schism in America is at least as great as it was in the days leading up to the civil war, I fear that there will no turning back unless the tree of liberty is refreshed. Whether the cure will be more tolerable than the disease is another question altogether, although it will undoubtedly so be for the 3,000 unborn killed every day in the land of the free.
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A nation can survive political and cultural classes which don’t believe in and support its heritage and its institutions — but not for very long.
So Mr. Green against state-sanctioned gay marriage?
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While I really do appreciate the snotty attitude, I'm against state-sanction marriage. Period.

Leave it to the churches and to contract law.
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i'm less hopeful than you are for three reasons. first, obama was re-elected. elect him once? ok. twice? too many people stuck on stupid. second and third are pelosi and reid. what kind of party picks people like that as their leaders? then keeps choosing them? the people we chose to lead us, chose those two to lead them.

we have a long long long long way to go to fix this. benghazi, nsa, irs,fast and furious, just to name a few. here is a list of 20:

http://www.westernfreepress.com/2013/06/12/the-top-20-obama-administration-scandals/

so many that we can't even remember them all. the press ignores them. bring them up and you will hear cries of "racist". the press stopped even using obama's middle name after michelle obama declared that to be "racist".

we have $17 trillion in dept, 6.5 trillion under obama and he has 3 1/2 years to go. obama and friends dub the republicans terrorists, but the Ft Hood shootings were "work place violence".

you think we can still turn it around. i just hope for a slow deterioration. i hope that you are right. i fear that we will both be disappointed.
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