Friday, August 23, 2002

Faith in the Commoners

Whoo hoo! McKinney got her ass handed to her in the primaries by crossover pubbies, and rightly so (really, no pun intended). The noxious wench had it coming, It is a tribute to the founders that the peeps spake thus. Elsewhere in the Anglosphere, chuckleheads are afforded elder statesmanlike respect:

As an example of the kind of thing Blair is facing, take a look at Gerald Kaufman's bilious little piece in the August 17 London Spectator. Kaufman is an old Labour-party war horse from the Harold Wilson days, and what passes for an elder statesman in Blair's Britain (he is 72). Here is a sample of the Spectator piece:

Bush, himself the most intellectually backward American president of my political lifetime, is surrounded by advisers whose bellicosity is exceeded only by their political, military, and diplomatic illiteracy. Pity the man who relies on Rumsfeld, Cheney and Rice for counsel. The only man in the U.S. administration who knows the score is...

Well, can you guess who that man is? These words, let it be noted again, come from a senior figure in Blair's party, respected and esteemed by the members of that party.

Whatever. The fact that the common folk can consign demagogues to obscurity is the difference between an old world steeped in class boundaries and the dynamic “run wot yew brung” experiment we have going on over here. The Horatio Algeresque success stories of immigrants in the US are proof that we are not a particularly racist people. The EU’s willingness to abide and defend the barbaric likes of a Syria, Iraq or Zimbabwe (who BTW we are not bothering with unfucking now because they are not a threat-tho we are sending corn) proves that in by not demanding civilized behavior from them they don’t think they are capable of it. Sounds pretty racist to me.