Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Read the letter and send it to your senators and reps - take your future in your hand and do something about this mess. Dave Ramsey has a clear 3 step guide with everything you need on his website
The Alien Patriot
Unlike Clinton, Biden Gets Pass for Saying He Was 'Shot At' in Iraq
When Hillary Clinton told a tall tale about "landing under sniper fire" in Bosnia, she was accused of "inflating her war experience" by Barack Obama's campaign -- but the campaign has been silent about Joe Biden telling his own questionable story about being "shot at" in Iraq.
Everybody wants to be a war hero.
The Alien Patriot
Former French prime minister Edouard Balladur, an old political mentor to current President Nicolas Sarkozy, has been a major voice promoting Canada as a good place to construct an initial model for bilateral progress. Indeed, he has spoken of a Canada-EU agreement as a potential foundation for the eventual rebuilding of the now-fractured U.S.-EU relationship. Direct free-trade negotiations between America and Europe are currently impossible to contemplate, given the mood of the European public, but the idea is that Canada could serve as a sort of rope line around which a bridge can later be built.
Probably no one in Canada needs to be talked into seeing the advantages of a solid labour-mobility deal with the Continent. With the U.S. dollar and the Euro now established as the world’s two overwhelmingly significant stores of value, increasing the share of our international trade destined for Europe, which has dwindled in the NAFTA era, would provide a useful hedge against relative fluctuations in the two currencies.
I'm not sure if that would really give us the benefits if Barack Obama gets to be President, because protectionism is one of his big policies. Read Obama and protectionism
In this, an Obama presidency would reverse the policy of expanding free trade of every administration since Herbert Hoover's. Hoover's Smoot-Hawley Tariff was instrumental in causing the Great Depression. One hopes that Obama will remember this should he make it to the Oval Office in January.
The Alien Patriot
Some 29% of people said the "war on terror" launched by President George W Bush in 2001 had had no effect on the Islamist militant network.
According to 30% of those surveyed, US policies have strengthened al-Qaeda.
I think this is where Bush enemies get their numbers from.
They would say, "Yeah, Elk Heider got stronger blah blah blah ..." -
Sorry guys but all the numbers actually indicate is that people think Al-Qaeda got stronger.
Plus who are we asking here? What do these people know in the first place.
It is one of those useless polls in my view that are just put together to give liberals ammo to bash Bush. Boring.
The Alien Patriot
The obvious alternative to a bailout is letting troubled financial institutions declare bankruptcy. Bankruptcy means that shareholders typically get wiped out and the creditors own the company.
Bankruptcy does not mean the company disappears; it is just owned by someone new (as has occurred with several airlines). Bankruptcy punishes those who took excessive risks while preserving those aspects of a businesses that remain profitable.
In contrast, a bailout transfers enormous wealth from taxpayers to those who knowingly engaged in risky subprime lending. Thus, the bailout encourages companies to take large, imprudent risks and count on getting bailed out by government. This "moral hazard" generates enormous distortions in an economy's allocation of its financial resources.
Thoughtful advocates of the bailout might concede this perspective, but they argue that a bailout is necessary to prevent economic collapse. According to this view, lenders are not making loans, even for worthy projects, because they cannot get capital. This view has a grain of truth; if the bailout does not occur, more bankruptcies are possible and credit conditions may worsen for a time.
I feel very similar about this topic, of course with much less knowledge of the economy and also no real assets in the market.
I have lived in a country with a lot of government and if you believe that there is less corruption and less bad decision making you are dead wrong. Free market is still the way to go, let those die who make bad decisions, because otherwise you will just reward bad behavior.
The Alien Patriot
AMY GOODMAN: So, do you think Israel should be eliminated?
PRESIDENT MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD: [translated] We believe that people have to decide and choose their own fate, the right to self-determination. If they would like to keep the Zionists, they can stay; if not, they have to leave. What do you think the people there want?
AMY GOODMAN: You would support a two-state solution, if they do?
PRESIDENT MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD: [translated] Wherever people decide, we will respect it. I mean, it’s very much in correspondence with our proposal to allow Palestinian people to decide through free referendums. We’ve been saying this for several years as a proposal. But those who use democracy as a pretext everywhere else are not—don’t think the Palestinians need democracy.
Is it just propaganda or is there more to it? Or does he know that the Palestinians will boot the Israelis out if they can't choose to do so?
And as Peter Tatchell asks in the Guardian: "Why doesn't the MSM pick up on this story?"
Interesting though that the Palestinians weren't that much liked in the Middle East either throughout history. Similarly to the Jewish people they are good in business and dominate trade wherever they went. They got booted out of many countries down there.
I don't believe that Iran really likes the Palestinian's, but supporting them helps Aqua-dinejad in his war against the Jews.
The Alien Patriot
Monday, September 29, 2008
He was looking for somebody who would give similar bold speeches and would have no problem to put forward radical views that make them look stupid. (Hey you would think that would not be that hard)
And it seems like he found this person in Ashley Judd, when she is talking about women privacy and reproductive rights - the new term for abortion rights.
Hey they might not agree on abortion or on homosexuality, but I guess he likes her extreme view. He thinks that all Jews are murderers and she thinks that women who would vote for Palin are damned.
So the negotiations seem to be finished and it looks to me like there is a deal. An international breakthrough.
Let me introduce the New Judds:
Ashley Judd and Ahmadine Judd
The Alien Patriot
I don't have anybody to go to. The market kicks me in the face and says: "Well figure it out?"
So why aren't we telling Wall Street to figure it out. They go the right now the path of least resistance. Of course if you offer them a deal, they will take it. They will take any money they can get their hands on. That is their job.
So they let us panic, so that we bail them out. But if it is their job to make money in the market, then have them clean it up, so that it works.
If you check history, the money makers always figured it out. Don't let it spill over on Main Street, just because you are too lazy to be creative.
It's not our fault that you guys ended up in this situation, but you created the mess, now go and clean it up.
I don't like to come to the rescue of those, who are repeatedly and knowingly didn't care about the economy and their work environment.
If you give a toy to a kid - you will tell the kid to take care of it and not just replace it with another one, when the kid is purposely breaking it.
But this is what we are doing right now. And they will probably be successful with it, because they are playing on the fear of the public. And that's a very weak spot in the American soul.
The Alien Patriot
"What I do know is that unless there is a radical and government-led change in ownership, structure, regulation and incentives so that the principles of fairness are put at the heart of the Anglo American financial system - proportionality of reward and fair distribution of risk - there is no chance of the return of trust and integrity upon which long-term recovery depends."
Even though I agree that things need to change, I don't see that capitalism has to change in its principles. It's not about structure and it's not about incentives. Private companies should be able to decide what they want to do - as long as it is legal. If they make a wrong decision they should be laid to rest, like any other small business. (Hey I didn't get a big check for my company!)
There needs to be more transparency, but there needs to be more education, that government is a strong regulator, is nothing more than a huge corporation with plenty of scandals, corruption, with the difference that it just can't die.
Government can't keep you from making bad decisions unless we are talking about centralized economy.
Businesses should be part of the free market, because government can never be.
The Alien Patriot
"We thus want to acknowledge the progress you have made in your evolution from economic superpower to economic basket case. Normally, such a process might take 100 years or more. With your oscillation between free-market extremism and nationalization of private companies, however, you have successfully achieved, in a few short years, many of the key hallmarks of Third World economies."
I believe what is said here is true. But the rest of the article is just the usual liberal partisan gibberish.
Two things for our liberal thinkers:
- Of course everybody blames US for the downfall of the financial markets, but remember that a lot of those really nice social democratic countries with a lot of government regulations are in the shits too. They bought bad paper too. So what's your explanation for that. Government just can't take away greed in people.
Big government intervention and regulation is fine, but has nothing to do with America. The founding fathers didn't even think that putting the 13 states together in a union would be possible to defend, because they feared that it would need a big size government. They didn't like big government, because they just cut loose from a big government (the British Empire).
If you want to change America into Eurica, at least be honest about it.
The Alien Patriot
I for sure didn't. And I'm glad that there are at least some conservative minds in the house to make sure the bill didn't get passed as it was originally proposed.
I mean I know that Bill Clinton (even though I don't think he was the worst President the US has ever seen) misunderstood the principles of the American Dream by saying that he would like to see 70% of Americans own their house (Community Reinvestment Act), rather than saying he would like 100% of Americans have the possibility to own a house, if it is within the realm of their means. Everybody in America has the possibility if you have the means. If you don't have the money, too bad. There is a lot of things I can't afford either.
Why would the government help me to strike a deal that I am not able to afford?
My parents back in Europe are renting an apartment for the last 40 years and they are happy. They understand that buying a house is not in their budget and never was.
It's hard to believe that we have a Republican President now, who gradually subscribes to the same American Socialism that Bill Clinton promoted (and now Barack Obama).
It seems that American Socialism has become the new American Dream.
It's not about opportunity anymore, it has turned into a commitment. And commitment is not compatible with freedom, the foundation of America.
You hear people talking about wanting to have more government regulation, government health care, government everything. It is sad, because that means that America has become just another country, nothing special.
You screw up in life and you go to the government to fix it. You don't want to take responsibility and you go to the government to tell you what to do.
Are American really ready for this?
I sometimes wish that Bush is only doing all this, so that Obama would be seen as Bushes 3rd term and McCain the person with the traditional American values and principles. If that is Bushes plot, I draw my hat. If not he for sure cannot be called an American conservative anymore.
He really seems much closer to Obama than to McCain.
In hard times like this (and the hard times haven't even really started yet other than in the news media), all Americans should think back of how Abraham Lincoln ended The Gettysburg Address on June 1, 1865:
"- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Government should not be seen as an institution, but rather as an instrument of the people of America. Only this will keep this a great country.
Otherwise the US could just join the European Union, because it will not differ anymore from countries in Europe.
The Alien Patriot
Sunday, September 28, 2008
While America is forced to find new ways of energy supply - locally with Off shore drilling, Drilling in ANWAR, nuclear, coal, gas, wind and solar and of course with alternative fuels, hybrid vehicles, conservation and less usage, Saudi's and OPEC don't seem to be able to find peace on pricing.
As much as we depend on foreign oil and these countries, they depend on us as much. While Venezuela and Iran don't want to lower prices, the Saudi's feel that if the world demand drops, that they will not be able to make as much money as in the past.
I think that the Middle east needs to find new ways of making money, because the world is tired of their tyrannic behavior. Unfortunately our government didn't want to start new energy supplies earlier and it will cost us a lot of money.
But we need to get off those guys leash - let the Iranians figure out what they are going to do, if we don't buy their oil. They have such a lousy government, that they might have to figure out to develop other sources for income.
Let's not give those guys money anymore. The less money they have, the less damage they can do.
When I first came to the US, I felt that wasteful spending is not just a government issue, but a personal responsibility issue, that is even more important.
You can't expect the government better than the average man, because ultimately the guys in government are just average men and women too.
Wasteful spending shows up as immense amounts of unnecessary packaging, gas guzzler's and electric usage that is much higher than anywhere else in the world.
And how did America get there? Well higher, faster, further is not just the Olympic motto, but it is maybe with the addition of "bigger" also the motto of the American way.
While Europe was always a little bit more hesitant to jump into every new innovation, and is also more passive in the money markets, America's dominance in the world is probably based on the fact that Americans don't have a problem spending.
But unfortunately we are at a point, where Americans do not just spend their own money like crazy, but even money that they don't even have. Life is spent on loan papers. (And even more unfortunate is that this practices of living on credit have also become more accepted in Europe and other parts of the world)
America has the advantage of massive natural resources and an open mind when it comes to innovation, and this will always keep America on top. This is just a part of the culture.
But we have to learn to not live way over our means, because this is counterproductive.
Europe is more passive, because space is limited. If you damage your environment, you will be living in it for the rest of your life. (In America you would just move away from it)
On a personal level Americans need to learn to save and not so much to speculate, not to live from month to month with all your assets in high return risky investments.
Industries have to be held accountable, farmers have to be held accountable - ecological innovations have to be pushed. In Europe everybody is recycling - even small villages participating in it. It is part of everyday life. And it has to become part of everyday life in America too.
Government has to promote clean industries that are accountable for the mess they make, and has to make sure that people are taking responsibility for their personal lives, not trying to guarantee them home ownership or general health care.
There has to be general education about the crux of wasteful spending on a personal level, business level and ultimately on government level.
I know that ultimately America will be again a role model, not just in its economic endeavors and it's promotion of freedom and democracy, but also as a role model for responsibility of a society.
The founding fathers knew very well about it, but a thriving economy and a seemless endless natural resources did let us slowly forget about that.
The Alien Patriot
Friday, September 26, 2008
But they are big business and if the media would not have them, what would journalists have to write about. In other countries polling is not such a big machinery, mainly because the only place with a 24 hour news culture is the US.
I remember back in Europe, you would watch the news usually at 7pm or 7.30pm, in the morning you would maybe tune into some local TV show. That's how people treat the news in Europe.
But what is actually the value of polling. David Moore who worked for the Gallup Poll for 13 years wrote a book about the polling sham. You can get a taste of what the book is like in the article
"Former Gallup Pollster and Founder of Survey Center Unveils Secrets and Shams of Political Polls in New Book" (on newswise.com)
My favorite line of the article is:
“Media pollsters will do everything they can to beat such an undecided voter into oblivion, so they can begin horserace coverage long before the race track has even opened.”
I don't know why he did it and what the purpose of his statement would be, but let's face it McCain is always doing things that are unexpected. He has his own way of seeing things and dealing with things.
Many people shake their heads about that and maybe even get a little bit uncomfortable about it, but at least he has a set of principles that he follows, no matter what other people think.
I like that. Even though he does unconventional things, he seems to me more predictable than Obama.
The Alien Patriot
After what happened to Washington Mutual we better know how it all works.
Paul Grignon's 47-minute animated presentation of "Money as Debt" tells in very simple and effective graphic terms what money is and how it is being created. It is an entertaining way to get the message out. The Cowichan Citizens Coalition and its "Duncan Initiative" received high praise from those who previewed it.
I know it's a little bit long, but I really enjoyed watching it. Maybe most of you already know everything about how banks really work, but I did learn quite a few new things.
Enjoy the video!
The Alien Patriot
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I personally was never much a fan of trying to increase power of the NATO, which is a relict of WWII and has no place in the world of today. I come from Austria, which has neutral status and does not belong to any military block.
A key objective of post-1945 Austrian governments was ending the Four Power occupation and preventing the permanent division of Austria. The Allies' greater preoccupation with Germany delayed formal treaty negotiations with Austria until January 1947. By then, however, the larger strategic issues of the Cold War overshadowed the negotiations. The Soviet Union dropped its support for Yugoslav territorial claims against Austria in 1948 when Yugoslavia broke with the Soviet Union, but new issues arose to block progress toward ending the occupation: the Berlin blockade of 1948; the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the division of Germany into two rival states in 1949; and the start of the Korean War in 1950.for more info see The 1955 State Treaty and Austrian Neutrality
What I don't understand is why can't those countries around the Russia can't be turned into neutral countries. They want help from the US, they want to be freed from Russia, but they can't pose a threat for Russia. Putin is not going to accept that. Neutral countries don't pose a direct threat. It's a compromise that will not need American troops, no military expenses, no problem with a new Cold War and economic independence of countries like Georgia.
Austria has worked for more than 50 years. So I don't understand. I believe Bush's desire to free the people in this world, but this kind of American Imperialism sucks.
The Alien Patriot
Well some people predicted that if BO is not getting elected that there will be a revolution, a race based war.
The tension seems to be under control with Obama being very careful with any kind of racial comments (even though sometimes it didn't work). McCain stays completely away from the topic, while some Republicans have stated pretty ugly things over time (Hey and Dems did too)
Racial tension is in all directions black, white, asian, hispanic. So do we really think our security is in danger.
Well there is not just possibility of civil unrest, but also danger of terrorism.
If you look at how much security to have now at any given political event, I'm not surprised that the military is on high alert.
The Alien Patriot
I just heard Rupert Murdoch say that last week on TV.
And what's the problem there: well guess what the housing market tanked.
"Ireland became the first country in the Euro-zone to slide into recession this year. The second successive quarterly fall in Gross Domestic Product is Ireland’s poorest performance in 25 years, after the country’s property-bubble burst."
So it shows that if the housing market is bad, no business measures will help the market.
Remember that when we put out this bailout bill!
The Alien Patriot
And then there was Bill Clinton defending John McCains decision to delay the debates. Hear it yourself:
Why is Bill doing this? Well again one part of me tells me it's because of the election 2012, the other (and this is also what de Rothschild said today) that Bill Clinton always puts his country first and says so, even if it's not very popular in his own party. Good for you, Bill!
This does not look very good for Barack Obama though, who said yesterday that issuing a joint statement is the most important thing and that he would be available if he is needed. Yeah that was his attitude in the senate too. Ok, I'm present, but that's all. Over 130 times.
Is he not interested in what's happening right now?
McCain had to indirectly force Obama to come to Washington, by asking the President to invite Obama to a meeting at the White House.
Would it always take that much to get him to do something for his country. He thinks running for President is already the greatest gift for America.
The Alien Patriot
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Anyway when I heard about McCain suspending his campaign to address a national issue, I didn't think he is not a multi-tasker, but that he is more concerned about what's happening with this bill.
After all if he gets elected he has to deal with this mess.
McCain shoots from the hip much more than Obama, who always seems to have some kind of delay in his actions. Sometimes people might think that McCain is too quick, but a man with convictions, passion and experience (just life experience) has no problem making his mind up quickly and move forward on it.
The US needs a fast acting leader more than ever and not someone who is a reactive leader, who first has to see the whole train, and wants to get on, when it is already past.
We are living in a fast moving world and even though John McCain is supposedly slow and old, he still seems to be more on top of things than Obama, who is good in the realm of controlled environments.
McCain has a history to put his country first: Possible suspension of the Rep. National Convention because of Gustav was just the last one.
And if it's all just for political theater (as the Dems for sure will make it out to), he nailed it.
The Alien Patriot
Yes, the European economy is stable, but there is no growth. And that's not just my opinion. Just last week Rupert Murdoch said that on Cavuto's show.
But Europeans arrogantly say better safe than rich. Climb Up Real High, Fall Down Real Far.
In the mind of many Europeans, America should have listened to their proposal of international regulations, something like a world government. Regulations, regulations and regulations.
I've seen it back in Europe - but no matter how much regulation you have, there is still corruption and scandals on a daily basis. You can't really regulate crooks. Period.
And they think that with Obama they might get closer to that goal of a world community. Of course there is still Russia, China, India to deal with, but they believe the US is to blame for every little thing that happens in the world. And of course Bush. (But don't worry Bush, it was Clinton, Bush and Reagan before you, who had that same image in Europe)
The insistence of Americans on free market is just too much for them to understand. Regulation is what they are used to and they think that there is no justice in a free market.
The downfall of Wall Street is for them a sign that free market can never work and that is good that evil Bush is leaving office.
They cannot grasp that Warren Buffet steps in with $5 Billions to save Goldman Sachs. Those numbers are just to big for them.
Europeans even make fun of the fact that Bush said the word "terror" 32 times in his 22 minute speech at the UN. They just don't get it. They still don't think it is important, until they will look in into the barrel of a loaded gun. (The big newspaper didn't even say anything about Ahmadinejad) Wake up Europe!
The Alien Patriot
Then I noticed that neither Bill nor Hillary really ever enthusiastically talk about Barack Obama becoming the next president. Many of us saw it just as a sign of disappointment, that she didn't win or had at least the VP spot offered.
Then Bill Clinton appeared at the View and said that the strong suit of a governor are economic issues, which he said gave him the Presidency in 92 when the economy was the dominant issue of the campaign. That was his response when he was asked if Sarah Palin was qualified.
Then Bill Clinton also praises McCain and Sarah Palin at the interview with CNBC. So does that mean he wants McCain to win, without making it look that way?
And Bill also appeared on Letterman and Greta's On the Record and showed only mild support for Barack Obama. So much so that even. Chris Rock made fun of it on Letterman (hilarious because Dave is so uncomfortable).
And what about Joe Biden. This is the guy who said in the primary election that he would rather run as McCain's VP than as Obama's VP. When I first heard he would run as Obama's VP - I thought he was an just an opportunist. He did get a pass from the media and so he didn't talk about his attitude towards Obama (that we don't need a President who gets training on the job). But I had a weird feeling.
Then Biden said in a rally in Nashua in the beginning of this month: "Biden: Hillary a Better Pick Than Me"
Then Biden starts to undermining talking points of Barack Obama, getting a little bit ahead of himself (or maybe not) - and he said to Katie Couric, the computer ad about McCain was "terrible" and that he didn't knew about it. (Ouch)
Then he said on a rally today no coal for America, even though it's part of Obama's energy plan
Of course Biden's own credibility is not that great when he said that when the stock market crashed in 1929 President FDR went on "television", when FDR was neither president at that time nor was there TV.
Put all that together and you will see that there are a lot of indications that Hillary is planning on running in 2012. She didn't even say anything about the treatment of Sarah Palin in the press. She just stays out of everything.
Bill and Hillary are in loyalty mode, but working for the campaign with as much vigor as communist bureaucrats.
So the question is:
Does this just have something to do with Clinton's desire to be on the top spot or does it also maybe reflect that there is also a racial component involved that makes her feel that there is a big chance that she can run in 2012. After all the AP-Yahoo News poll from the beginning of this month found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks , many calling them "lazy," "violent" or responsible for their own troubles.
Anyway just a few thoughts.
The Alien Patriot
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Quote from the video:
"We face a full scale attack on the idea of public education."
Even though I'm probably very opposite in my opinions to Ayers on most issues I agree with him on that. But probably for different reasons.
Ayers believes that money rules education, that the rich people determine what gets taught in school.
Hey, Bill, you couldn't be further from the truth. You say that public education is not bound to a site per se, but can happen in the home, in churches, in museums etc.
I will extend that to TV, Movies, press, internet.
And even though the riches maybe own many of these outlets, they are usually not promoting the lifestyle of the riches, but rather left wing agendas.
Check out NBC news and CNN, check out NY Times and LA Times, check out the Daily Kos and check the Emmy's, Hollywood Movies etc.
It is heavily left wing biased.
And for schools. You couldn't be more wrong. Did you hear about school kids having to write down the three negative things about Sarah Palin (showed on O'Reilly last week), Columbia University allowing the Iranian Pres to speak, but not allowing military personnel to advertise on campus. Where is the influence of the riches?
Public schools are not in trouble because of the agenda of the riches, but because they do not offer objective education anymore.
The Alien Patriot
(Check at 2:30)
When Clinton asked if Sarah Palin was qualified he was not really answering the question, but said the following, which I thought was kinda telling:
"I was the longest serving governor of America. President Bush said I wasn't qualified and I wasn't as qualified on international issues, but I was more qualified on the economic issues and those were the things that dominated the '92 election."
Obviously the 2008 election is also dominated by economic issues.
So does that mean Bill Clinton actually thinks that Sarah Palin is qualified, because she is a governor?
I'm never sure why Clinton says what he says. It never seems to full close a circle. But maybe he has learned that it is wise to leave all ends open.
He said that Obama will probably win, but he never said that he should win. He also said that he very much likes McCain. Overall he has never lost his ambiguity and even though I disliked him as a President (I was still in Europe at the time), I think he makes American politics very interesting.
Maybe you also want to look at this clip where Bill Clinton compliments Sarah Palin
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Workers don't have a chance to have much ongoing education in the US and American companies rarely invest in employees over the age of 40 or 50 to get them up to speed.
Sennett believes that in a crisis of the world economy, Germans will have an advantage over Americans in terms of the better quality of education, that makes it easier for them to adapt to changes. Even though Americans are more flexible in terms of innovation, low level education might be in the way.
Today I saw that in California 24% of High School students drop-out, which I think a little bit higher than the national average. This is very scary. Innovation alone cannot drive the economy, quality education is important for a nation not just in the business world, but also in the political world.
Mercurynews.com says post the following dropout rates:
"41.3 percent of black students, 31.3 percent of Native Americans, 30.3 percent of Hispanics, and 27.9 percent of Pacific Islanders,.... white students had a 15.2 percent dropout rate, while Asians had a 10.2 percent rate.
The school districts with the highest dropout rates were Oakland Unified, with 37.4 percent; Fresno Unified with 35.1 percent, and Los Angeles Unified with 33.6 percent."
As the financial market showed last week, people make stupid decisions. On the CEO level I think it's mainly crooks who make these bad decisions, but on the average Joe level I think it is the lack of interest in good education.
The video shows very clearly that people are out of touch with their faith, are cynical about God and have lost etiquette and respect in the way they speak.
I love to watch old movies sometimes, just to see the way people used to treat each other. Now you can even call a presidential candidate a liar or the President an idiot. That is obviously sad.
What's so remarkable about Sarah Palin's remarks and what makes her in this point in time stand out so much, is that she is going back to the roots of this country and the patriotism, that is deeply connected to the Judeo-christian faith.
It is not the usual "God bless our troops" or "May God protect the men and women of our military" and is even clearer than Kennedy's "Here on earth God's work must truly be our own."
"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure we're praying for. That there is a plan and that it is God's plan."
She didn't say that the Iraq war was God's plan (maybe in the eyes of an idiot), but rather that it is our responsibility at every given moment to pray to God to show us what is pleasing to him. And this is true for our relationships, society, education, international affairs and even business.
Doesn't mean that you are able to hear it, doesn't mean that you will always make the right choices, it doesn't mean that you can justify any action by saying it's God's will, but it is the attitude to at least try to get proper guidance from God.
And it doesn't matter, which part of the world you're in, and it doesn't matter, which faith you believe in, it is the same responsibility for everyone.
Even atheist's should recognize that the fact that people of faith in the spirit of Sarah Palin are at least trying to be responsible and pray for guidance from something that is bigger than them, which is not a sign of weakness, but an acceptance that mind and vision of humans are limited.
That attitude shows humility and in times of a cynical, condescending and arrogant world, this attitude can really shows that there is still hope and light.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Hey we are more concerned about partisan ship and our own career, than actually telling your guys down there (like Ohmydinnerchart) to better watch your steps.
Ohmydinnerchart must feel pretty empowered at the moment. His greatest enemy America is not even able to put together a by-partisan rally. He must think:
"Dear fellow Iranians, let us just put together some nuclear weapons, while the guys over there in the US will try to figure out a way to show us that they don't like it."
Our Jewish friends who put together the rally obviously don't understand the seriousness of the issue and rather want to deal with it in a by-partisan fashion.
Sarah Palin would have given the Iranians a serious stare-down, but instead they chose to can the whole thing. Ohmydinnerchart is probably laughing his "s" off.
Clinton clearly saw her 2012 candidacy endangered and Biden didn't want to get compared to Palin in a stage performance.
While insiders are warning about a possible military confrontation with Iran as the only way to stop the nuclear program down there, our dear friends on the left are neither concerned with our security, but rather very concerned with their image.
By the way, just a footnote for Clinton and Biden: Ohmydinnerchart loves you both!
And who won? Nobody.
Because they both goth disqualified for lying. Lying or distorting the truth to the max is not very presidential and lead the public to decide that the race has to be put on hold, until the candidates realize that all our lives are at stake.
I'm bummed when I hear that both candidates bring out spanish only ads that are not true. What's going on? Why do they think they need that?
Isn't there enough difference on the issues?
Do they think if they speak Spanish we would not find out? Bloggers are everywhere, so I can only assume, they know that they are lying, but they hope that it will stick in people's memories, even when the statements get reversed later.
I hope that Spanish speaking immigrants are interested enough in this country and patriot minded enough to speak out against this kind of low blow politics. I haven't heard anything yet, but I will be patient.
And unless you fellow immigrants don't get it, both candidates seem to think you are ignorant (for those who don't follow politics) or stupid (for those who do follow politics). You better ask for an explanation.
Anyway Mr Obama and Mr McCain, a little bit more authenticity, please! Even immigrants deserve that.
I don't want to make a big deal out if this at this point, but it worries me a little bit that McCain seemed to have at least 2 situation (I am aware of) where he misunderstood a question.
In a Radio interview with Miami Radio station Monday morning, McCain possibly had a problem with understanding the accent of the radio host
"Ok, what about Europe, I'm talking about the President of Spain?" she asks.
"What about me, what?" McCain responds, believing she said "you" instead of "Europe."
Well small thing, but if you talk to world leader they sometimes have a pretty big accent to. You don't want to misunderstand what they say. Anyway modern technology can fix that I'm sure, but they probably don't want to prop him up with a hearing aid, because it could make him look older.
And businesses, even though they sometimes offer these immigrants poor work environments and long working hours, treat themselves as victim.
Some business owners say that if they would not be able to use immigrants, they would have to shut down their business. Well tough love. You might have to change you strategy then
If I would run a pizza delivery and don't have enough cars, I can't just go down the road and steal a car that I find suitable either.
Illegal is illegal, no matter if you can say that you needed to do it to run your business to do it.
I remember that I heard the same arguments back in Austria too.
"Nobody would do the jobs" "People think it is too low class" "Who would want to be a cleaner" "We can't find anybody who would like to work in the fields"
I'm really tired of it. If you are offering unfair treatment of workers, of course nobody will want to be hired. If you are offering only little compensation for hard work, same.
The Latino community is confused with McCains soft flip on immigration. To me it's just common sense.
America needs to either decide if they want a border or not. A half ass way of securing the border is just a waste of time.
You have to choose between legal or illegal immigration - because if you say illegal is fine for some, then you feel stupid when you went through all the hoops in a legal way.
People complain, that America has been a country which has is made by immigrants, so everybody should have the right to come. No country can do this. And I think that times have changed. National Security is a big issue. Again we have to decide border or no border. A Country is defined by it's borders. If you don't enforce them, then that country doesn't really exist.
Some complain that many people will never get the right to come in legally. Well that's a possibility. There are things in life that you just can't have. And when that happens you can't just go and take it anyway. There just some things we have to accept.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is reviewing complaints from both Americans and Canadians about a Web site columnist who recently described Sarah Palin’s supporters as “white trash,” compared the vice presidential candidate to a “porn actress” and called her daughter’s boyfriend a “redneck” and “ratboy.”
I think it shows again and again, that you cannot say anything about race, alternative lifestyles, but you sure can have a free run on white conservatives, religious people (as long as they are Christians) and people with traditional values.
Is Palin really scaring them to the core or is there something else in play?
Where is this hatred coming from? And all I can see in these comments is hatred.
Check this one out:
"She (the writer) proceeded to write that the Alaska governor “has a toned-down version of the porn actress look favored by this decade’s woman, the overtreated hair, puffy lips and permanently alarmed expression.”
First I thought I would give it a pass, because it is just so low class, but I think it shows the shift in our society. So I guess it is important.
The Alien Patriot
Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday that paying more in taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans. In a new TV ad that repeats widely debunked claims about the Democratic tax plan, the Republican campaign calls Obama’s tax increases "painful."
Biden might not know but rich people already pay higher taxes. So I guess in his view they are patriots. By his own definition. So what's the beef?
Biden obviously does not believe in people being neighborly or charitable out of their own free will, because he himself has such a hard time on giving money freely. (as we saw a few days ago in his tax report)
That's why he wants to force people to be charitable in the form of taxes.
If anything is unpatriotic it is the fact that he doesn't believe that Americans are charitable. And somebody should tell Biden that the majority of Americans don't believe in income redistribution as I showed in a post yesterday.
Biden is not just out of touch with what the status in America, but he doesn't even grasp the concept of what it means to be a patriot.
The Alien Patriot
Does this make me a right wing hater? I don't think so, but what do I know, I'm from Europe.
Doesn't the word "illegal" show that there is something happening that is not approved by a country? Otherwise we would just call them immigrants. Right? That's what I am.
Everywhere you go and whatever you do, whenever there are a few people doing stuff together, there are guidelines, etiquette, rules. Maybe sometimes they are not written down in a guide book, but they are still there.
Even punks and anarcho's (and I hung around these kind of people when I was a teenager) have an etiquette and rules - no matter if it's that you have to wear a shirt that is ripped, you are not allowed to comb your hair for weeks on end or that you have to punch a business guy in the face everyday. It is a certain attitude, that bonds people together. Good or bad.
Rules are the fundamentals of every society. Period.
Example: Imagine a basketball game between the Lakers and the Celtics. What if people from the audience would just start mixing in with the players on the court during the game, maybe sometimes grab the ball, run for the hoop. Would people be okay with that? Hey nobody would care if you would say that you always wanted to play in the NBA, but that you were never good enough for it. Would people say: "Give him a chance" or "Get them the hell out of here"
As in the court, so in real life.
I fully understand why people want to be in the United States, but you just can't take whatever you want. You have to understand the rules and if they are not in your favor, then there is nothing you can do.
As much as it's not okay to live in your neighbors garage (without permission), even if he doesn't find out, it is not okay to live in your neighbors country or any other country without permission. Seems to be common sense.
Ha ha, so much for learning. People's personal finances are in a turmoil because of the speculation in volatile markets and the Business advocates say: "Go get some more"
What about conservative ways of investing your money? What about a long term savings accounts, fonds, gold?
At least you get your money back with a surplus and not might end up with your stocks loosing almost 90% within a few days.
Is it Bush that let it all happen, or is it the Democrats inside Congress who didn't want any changes in regards to Freddie and Fanny.
Or maybe it's the CEOs, who were so greedy to forge documents.
If you ask me, I always thought that politicians are not necessarily honest nor modest (if you look at Charlie Rangel's tax faux pas no his real estate)
But it is what it is, and sometimes elections are about the lesser of two evils.
To me it's very simple how to deal with all this:
If you signed up for a mortgage that you knew that you are not going to be able to pay, then that's your choice.
If you forged papers to get a better quarterly report - then that's fraud and you should be prosecuted.
If companies run themselves into the ground, because they are run by crooks or make bad decisions, then why should that be our problem.
Nobody helps me if my company goes "kaputt", nobody helps me if I bought a lemon car and nobody will give me a free pass if I forge documents.
What's happening here? Where is our Common Sense? Don't people want to be honest anymore? Don't people want to look at fine prints of contracts (or if they can't read them themselves, try to get help) Don't people want to take responsibility for their own actions anymore?
Liberty means the freedom to make choices, but also to accept the possible consequences that might come with it.
The Alien Patriot
When given a choice about how government should address the numerous economic difficulties facing today's consumer, Americans overwhelmingly -- by 84% to 13% -- prefer that the government focus on improving overall economic conditions and the jobs situation in the United States as opposed to taking steps to distribute wealth more evenly among Americans.
So I asked myself
1. why does Obama make it such a big theme in his campaign and
2. why do people largely reject the idea.
1. I think that Obama wants to show his empathy for the little man and there is no better way to demonstrate this attitude on a larger basis than income redistribution
2. I think the influence of the judeo-christian philosophy is still present enough to make people feel that it is unfair to basically get money that somebody else has earned. It is a matter of honor and decency.
As much as you don't like people to seize on your assets, people in general don't like to see it happen to other people either. No matter how much money they have.
But propaganda has shown to work wonders in history, to change this attitude (sorry for this drastic and a little bit simplified example).
Before Hitler rose to power in Germany, the economic situation was very bad. He blamed the jews for it and all of a sudden people didn't have a problem to take stuff away from jews, even if they were their neighbors for a long time.
I think true American core values are still present in most Americans and BO will have a hard time to change this.
At least, so I hope.
The Alien Patriot
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The Associated Press reports that Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter, will endorse John McCain for president. The endorsement will take place in Washington today.
Rothschild was one of the biggest fundraisers for Hillary Clinton and is a good friend of hers.
In a question on Neil Cavuto (Fox News) today about if Hillary Clinton would know about her move, Rothschild said "No"
Maybe she likes Clinton for her experience and doesn't believe that Barack Obama has what it takes, or she likes the idea of a woman in the White House, but what if this is just a clever move from the very smart Clinton's.
The Clinton's cannot be connected in any way to that move, Bill said that Obama will win "pretty handily" surrounding Obama with an arrogant vibe that BO already tries to shake off from before. Bill Clinton's previous often ambiguous remarks about Obama's resume create also a feeling of nervousness in some voters.
All just accidents or a bigger coup.
Only if Obama looses, Clinton has a chance for the White House. So why does Hillary's good friend switch over to McCain now? Well while McCain if elected will have all his focus on trying to make sense into this messy economy, Hillary and all her friends will have an easy time to campaign for 4 years.
And if McCain will not be able to turn the economy around in 4 years, Hillary will have a lot more weight on the term "Bush's 3rd term" and people will go for it.
The Alien Patriot
Brown posted an article in the San Francisco Chronicles titled "Willie Brown: How does President Palin sound?", that showed his view on the race as it is right now.
Looking through the comments he got a lot of hate from the left for it. But I believe that both Obama and McCain can benefit much more from non-partisan views, as campaign ads, speeches etc. distort the way things are anyway.
"Thanks to Sarah Palin, this is no longer a contest between Barack Obama and John McCain - it's between Brother Barack and Sistah Sarah.
Rock star vs. rock star. Inexperienced vs. inexperienced. Newcomer vs. newcomer. Change vs. change."
I hope we there will always be at least some politicians, who say what they think, no matter if it goes along with party politics or not. I draw my hat for Willie Brown. Keep it up!
And again you can see it now in our financial market. While average Joe's take out loans they can't afford, while they believed that subprime mortgages could work out for them, the big Ceo's at Fannie Mae changed their financial reports to get higher earnings.
Hey that's basically the same thing. You know you take money, that doesn't belong to you and never will.
Hot Air posts:
"The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s report goes on to say that Fannie Mae employees deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets in order to trigger bonuses for senior executives."
It's outrageous everybody thinks, but honestly it's symptomatic. It's not just the CEO's it's a whole lot of people who treat like they can steal and get away with it.
Nobody should be surprised that the American economy goes down - because we all are a part of it. you can't just point your finger at the big guy.
I'm not a fan of regulations, as it would interfere with free market we support - but there should be at least some watch dogs, who give people a feeling what is wise to do and what not.
The Alien Patriot
But the financial downfall in the US will not be prevented if you replace these guys with picture book perfect CEO's. The problem lies in the way that American's handle their finances.
In contrast to the average European, Americans live financially a lot riskier, have no problem to speculate in stocks and often live even with a fairly big salary still on a month to month basis. Americans don't like to save conservatively. Many of them like to have on average 3-4 credit cards and take out loans that they know that they can never afford.
I don't see it as a problem of the companies offering shitty and risky loans. If people are too stupid to know where their own limits are, they will always fall in the hands of crooks.
In Europe people are much more careful. It is hard to get them interested in short term financial gains, they like to save, even though their welfare system would not even urge them to.
It is a cultural thing: Americans need to re-learn this. Americans used to have this attitude of personal responsibility. This is the kind of responsibility taking only makes government de-regulation possible. Without it, you are better off with a government with strict regulations. Obama seems to think that the Americans are too stupid to find their way out of this mess on their own and he wants government to show people the way.
But that totally contradicts all American traditions, that made this country great. People have to have a sense of where they are in their life and what they can afford.
To live in a virtual financial world - will bring this country down.
Just like illegal immigration is not okay, because you cannot allow people to just take what they want (crossing the border and live here), without following the laws that are in place on how to enter this country.
The same is true for finances. You should not think that you can spend money, that you jsut don't have, without expecting consequences.
Don't just blame AIG or the oil companies. If you make risky choices, and it turns bad, you should suffer for it.
Regulation is not the answer.
I was very touched by Gianna Jessen (an Abortion survivor) now 30 years old on the Fox News Show Hannity and Colmes. He was a fetus that survived the abortion, because supposedly the Abortionist didn't work on the day of the procedure. A nurse called an ambulance and got her to the hospital.
It is a very inspiring pro life story. Gianna seems to be a very sweet person and I'm glad that she is with us.
My favorite line of course is: "If Abortion is about pro-choice, where was mine?"
Thanks Gianna for sharing.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I have tried a career in music, but it was impossible to get anywhere. No venues, no record labels featuring local acts, radio with only American music. The singer of my band was way more persistent and he ended up with Golden record and a nice job at the Austrian TV station. But he had to make big compromises. Even though he made a bunch of money (of course always for Austrians), he made those compromises I didn't want to make. I always admired him, how he could sell himself, but still I didn't want to be like him. And so were most of my fellows.
I planned on having the European dream, which is security, more of the same, more of the known. The American dream was way out of reach for us (hey and we were University students, involved in Art projects etc.)
The American Dream is about opportunity, no so much about security. That's why I felt the first time I came to America, that people seem to be way more stressed out on make ends meet than in Europe.
In Europe (at least when I was there) you could be a complete failure and still live fairly comfortable. I had a friend who was working for the Austrian Post Office. He fried his brain with drugs when he was only 30. He turned into a complete vegetable. But because he was with the post office for more than 10 years, they couldn't fire him. So they retired him and he still gets a good salary up to this day. He is now 45, still trying to kill his last 2 brain cells.
When I came to live in America I was surprised what dreams people have and how they seem to follow them with such ease. I mean the average standard of living in the US is way higher than in Europe. I don't know many people in Austria who own their home. I don't know many families who make more than $60K a year. Again that's middle class.
Okay living is cheaper, food about the same, gas a lot higher, electricity a lot higher, telephone a lot higher.
People in the US talk about $100K like people in Austria talk about $10K.
If you tell somebody in Austria, hey I want to create this crazy new website called "Facebook", everybody is amused and thinks you are just a dreamer. It's almost like they don't believe in larger than life. They think about life like it is, like it always has been and like it probably always will be.
When I went back to Austria last year to visit my family, I could sense that. Of course things do also change in Europe, but it is much less entrepreneurial.
If you have a great idea you have to be much more devoted and driven if you are in Europe. And if you have the strength you will probably be able to pull it off. But there are much more obstacles than in America.
You can have the craziest idea in America and you will still find somebody who will support you to follow up on it. America believes in opportunity, Europe believes in security.
That's why Europe is not ready for the American Dream
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Sorry but there is no logic to that thought.
It was actually my own belief for many years until I realized, that it does not make any sense.
My argument was as follows: How can somebody rule over somebody else's life without maybe sometimes punishing somebody who is innocent.
The wrongfully convicted theme is the most prominent amongst anti-death penalty people.
But Abortion is basically Capital Punishment without a trial and with the victim always being "Innocent".
I mean the fetus cannot be blamed for anything, or can it?
Capital Punishment cases go before a jury, while to get an abortion you just go to the doctor.
Abortion is like going to get a filling at the dentist, while there is a big deal about the death penalty.
Again, the aborted fetus is always wrongfully convicted, without exception. So it's actually worse than the death penalty.
(I'm sure some people - right and left - will not like that.)
Oh yeah another thing: Whatever your reason for an abortion is, you don't even have to disclose it. It is enough to say that you don't want the baby. In a death penalty case you at least go to trial and have a chance to get out.
And that means Abortion is a Pro-choice deal for the Executioner and not from the side of the victim. So why not be pro-choice on the side of the jury.
Please, what's the friggin' difference?
The Alien Patriot
But I have to generalize in my blog to make the point I want to make. This does not mean in any way that I think that all Americans are good and all Europeans are bad, nor that I believe that Americans are superior to Europeans.
There are many things that I really like about Europe (especially the bread!)
All I'm trying to show is that the thinking of Europeans and Americans sometimes differ quite a bit and I want to shed some light on it. I have lived in both the old and the new world - long enough to understand some of it.
The way that people tend to perceive the world and the things that happen around them shapes their political and social environment.
There are great people in both America and Europe and there are jerks in both too. Just to make that clear. I sincerely hope I don't offend anybody with my posts, as this is not my intention.
The Alien Patriot
Even though my childhood memories of the US were only supplied by TV shows and American movies, I do remember my parents talk a lot about the GI's that were in Austria at the end of the war. I remember them talking about how cool they were, their friendliness, Lucky Strike's (for the boys) and the chewing gum they brought. For my parents it was a positive memory.
Nonetheless there was always this feeling that the GI's were too good to be true (and you still see this up to this day, when you see soldiers in war zones of this world - do you get that feeling too?) and this feeling was even more highlighted when my Mom and Aunt used to talk about uncle Billy, a distant relative who moved to America before the war.
He would sometimes send jeans, money and pictures of him in front of his house and his big old American car. My Mom and Aunt were always stoked about the stuff, as it was always something that seemed to be so innovative. Something that you just couldn't get in Austria.
So these are my memories, big house, big car, big bucks, jeans, smile and chewing gum.
And then you look at your own life and you see none of that - at least you can pop some chewing gum and smile, but we could always feel a great distance to the US, because life seemed to be so larger than life there.
Then during my school days we learned about Hiroshima, Vietnam, the Cold War, Watergate etc. - it was hard to believe that this had to do with America.
The anti-war movement turned quickly into an anti-American sentiment, and before long I found myself at a demonstration against the villain America and it's figurehead Ronald Reagan.
We were terrified by the thought that a 3rd World War would probably use Europe as a battle field and we were happily supported by the liberal left orientated media. We were feed the right stuff at the right time.
But it was not all hype. When you live next to the Iron Curtain (which divided the Eastern Block countries from the rest of Europe), you have the Prague spring in 1968 happening about 3 hours away from you, and you hear that many of the missiles from the Russians are pointed at Europe - this makes you feel uneasy - to say the least.
America was not any better than Russia at that time. We were not really relevant for either side and felt that we were the disposables.
Why do I tell you all about that?
Because it is important to understand how the transition of the image was created. So we went from the friendly GI's to the distant super power, which doesn't care.
And here is how the turning point became obvious. The rhetoric about America changed, no news from America was seen as positive (no matter what it was - hey and CNN did a nice job on that too - I will talk about that later) and the American lifestyle (even though still admired in secret by many) seemed officially rejected.
And here you can draw a parallel to what's happening in America right now. Bush gets bashed for everything he does and doesn't do. He is as much American's excuse for problems in this country now, as America is used as an excuse for problems in Europe. No matter how great a decision Bush has made or will make, he will get no credit. Only history will proof him right - or wrong (I guess you first have to leave office before people give you credit for your deeds)
It is a big brother, small brother thing - I am a small brother and a European, so I understand the psychology of it. America is the big brother, the guys who got it all, and as the small brother you are always a little bit behind. This is how Europe feels up to this day. And that's why they like Obama - he is more European, closer to Europe's own vision - so maybe he should move there.
So when I went back to visit my family last year, I was surprised how they reacted to me. For them I sounded like an American, which brought up mixed feelings - like the guy who smiles, talks about opportunity, freedom of speech, talks about the American dream, but also a guy who talked about the need of America's involvement on the world stage. And my family loves me very dearly, but I could feel that it made them feel uncomfortable.
There is much more about this topic and I hope it will shed some light on those who don't really know much about Europe.
I will also talk about why Europe is not ready for the American Dream in a later post. This one already turned out to be longer than I thought.
The Alien Patriot
Friday, September 12, 2008
I didn't know that and I'm very surprised. Even though English can be maybe considered the un-official official language of the United States, there is no legal base for this.
Is it important? I don't know what the legal implication is, but language is definitely one of the building blocks in a society that creates unity.
Historically you can see that if people wanted to separate from another group, they just changed their language. That's why we have so many languages in the world. Everybody wants to be special.
Join a club or a gang and you will see that they have specific sign language and special use of words, if not even words that are entirely unique to this group.
Language separation within a country always creates ghettoism.
I encountered this the first time I went to Toronto some 25 years ago. I was shocked that there was a Greek, a Chinese etc district, where many of the residents there were not even able to speak English.
This brings tension. I don't think that by accepting English as the official language anybody will loose their own language. Hey I still speak my own language with the people in Austria, but in America I often speak English even to people who also speak German.
Especially when somebody else is around who doesn't understand us, I think it would be disrespectful to this person to keep them cut out of the conversation.
I think it is a great addition to learn another language in the first place, it makes you understand a little bit more about the culture, which is in turn again good for having good relationships.
I was never a person supporting language related ghettoism - even back in Austria. I was always a proponent of having people learn German if they wanted to live in Austria. Some people thought that this is an intrusion on people's privacy or even worse that I would try to Germanize people.
But I am in the same situation and I would not expect anything less from myself. I have learned a new language - I have read up on American history, I try to understand American culture.
And I still like Austria, I can still speak my language and I still hold onto traditional thinking that was handed down to me by my parents and Grandparents and I am still greatful for the many opportunities and liberties I had, growing up there.
But Language unifies and I think to put the language in the law would be a significant symbol of that unity.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
First of all, why do we need change anyway. America is not just a country that offers opportunities, liberties and an open-mindedness, that you cannot find in this combination anywhere else in this world.
We don't need a change to a new system or a new strategy. We just need people who understand and value the traditions of America and hold on to them firmly.
That means less government (the first immigrants understood that they don't want to be centrally governed - that's why they split from England in the first place) - that's why they declared independence.
What good does it do, if we now after more than 300 years try to revert back to a system that the founding fathers so despised.
I have seen how government involvement in everyday life looks like. I lived in Europe, where the government imposes rules and regulations, which goes even into the realm of the Freedom of Speech (there are certain things that can't be said in public - you will go to jail). It goes in the realm of the Freedom of religion (a state can say which religion is allowed and which is not)
Hey we are not talking about some former eastern block country, we are talking about central Europe, countries like Germany.
France is following the principles of Centralism, which is a soft form of Socialism.
That doesn't scare anybody in America? Of course not, because nobody knows about it. American know a lot about there own history, but the history or even current political events (unless it has major impact on the US) are mostly unknown.
And the media and the socalled Progressives will not tell you about it.
So what Americans have to see: The Progressives are not offering anything new.
Maybe new to America, but not really new to this world. We have all forms of Socialism, Social Democratic philosophy in many countries of this world, so just check how these countries are doing.
America has always been different and has become the leader in many aspects of life because of it.
Do the people of America really want to give that up?
I hope they don't!
The Alien Patriot
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
But even if there are major differences in policy matters, the Dems just don't want to give up on this point.
Let's face it though - isn't Barack Obama Bushes 3rd term?
Of course not on policies, but what about experience. If you look into it, Bush was three times Governor of Texas before he became President and supposedly being a Governor in Texas is not as involving as many of the other states (which is still hard to understand for an immigrant - why there are so vast differences between states - no surprise things are complicated!), so basically he was a newbie on the scene.
And about 45% of the Americans might still want to elect a president, who maybe has the right words to say, but might not be able to show his strength until he is in power.
And then we have to stick 4 years with him.
Isn't that risky? I would say Yes.
Unfortunately this time around we cannot decide just on issues, but also on capability.
For me (and I'm definitely more comfortable with conservative philosophy) believe that we need a president, who is able to withstand international pressure, can make smart choices and lives up to the task from day one. That's more important than politics.
We can't wait to see if Barack Obama will be able to do what he says. I think it is too early for him to rise.
And I do think that in the end the people of the United States will come to the same conclusion. If there is too much unknown about a candidates abilities or too much flip-flopping on crucial issues, it's a turn-off.
People rather want to be safe, then to have a president who represents all their values 100% of the times.
The Alien Patriot
Saturday, September 6, 2008
To be honest it is very impressive how he leads his campaign and even though I would not vote for him (even if I could - immigrant, right!), I have to give him credit for putting on a great show.
America at it's best - to create a drama, a television and concert like spectacle, fireworks etc.
But what I still don't get is the following: Of course Obama looks like he is a man who could pull off the job as president (as much as I can tell), but up to this day he did not have to show, how he would react in a world crisis, either economically or national security wise. (His reactions on the situation in Georgia was not very convincing, if we can take that as a reference)
Are the American people really give him the highest job in the country without any evidence of how he would react? That's a little bit scary, don't you think?
Again he looks confident, he uses the right words, he looks comfortable in front of a bunch of people - but those are no qualifications - a good actor might be able to do that too.
There is 50 something days left until the election and I don't think he will be able to prove that.
Voting for him is almost like, voting with your eyes closed and hoping for the best.
Of course you can argue that Sarah Palin as a vice president might have not shown yet how she would do in the event of a world crisis either and even though I also think that she could do it, there is not much to build the case on (Anyway I know that she is not running for president and probably is not hoping for John Mc Cain to quit prematurely)
As an immigrant with 30 years experience in another country I think is fascinating that the American people will give either one of these candidates a shot for the White House.
I don't think Austria or any other European country is that progressive.
And believe me, to be the American President or Vice President means much more than to be the President of a European country. Not just because of the strategic importance of America in the world peace, but also because the American President has much more responsibilities and power than in most countries I know, where a President is more or less a ceremonial figurehead.
I'm a little bit surprised on how progressive the American seem to be here, but it is also a little bit scary.
See here how the famous liberal TV host Alan Colmes from Fox News presents Obama's resume. (I mean you should see the resume I put together for myself - you would think I've done great things in life too!! - Sorry Alan, even with your help - it still looks quite thin.
I already said that the original use was meant in more broader terms and that only more recently the American dream has been reduced to just financial prosperity, but I want to show you here, what it especially means to immigrants.
Why is this important? Because immigrants are usually aware of the American dream (and that's the reason why they come here), while many Americans do often not see it very clearly.
The American Dream is definitely the reason, why most of us came to the US. We share Martin Luther King's believe: "I Have a Dream".
Similar to ancestors of most of the current citizens of the US, the Pilgrims and others, we have felt that the US or new world can offer something, that is most likely not available for us somewhere else.
Columbus called it "Novi orbis" (the New World), Francis Scott Key referred in 1814 in the Star Spangled Banner to it as the "land of the free".
Freedom, for people who live in oppression, and the pursuit of happiness, no matter if it is in the material sense or just as the possibility to max your own potential.
For some this is a life and death situation, because they are maybe persecuted in their own country, but I believe for most of us the American Dream is based around opportunity.
We believed that America is open minded enough to not just respect, but also nourish our ideas, ideals and plans. That's why we are here.
And this is also the reason why there are 12-20 Million illegal aliens here. Everybody is looking for a better life and everybody knows that America is the country that can offers you at least a shot at it.
But ..... and that's where even my sympathy ends: you cannot force it.
Just as I'm not able to just move into your house or taking your car without asking you, you can just come into this country at any price. Maybe many of these illegal aliens would never get a shot at it, or maybe it would take a long time.... but ... that just doesn't make it right.
We just don't live in a world where you can just take whatever you want.
It took quite a bit of time, struggle and money for me too (and I have a Master's degree). And if I wouldn't have been accepted, which was always a chance - then there is nothing you can do about it.
But I will write some more about the illegal immigration situation later.
Anyway, there are tons of different American Dreams out there. And all are equally interesting and valuable.
America is a country that shows that dreaming can become reality, which is easily to see in this 2008 presidential election: either a woman or a black man will have a shot at the white House this time... this is an unbelievable milestone and just 2 great examples of the American dream.
Check out which of these two candidates personify the American Dream in view of the world
Friday, September 5, 2008
Very often the American dream has been misinterpreted as a quick rich scheme or a plan to financial prosperity, but Adams makes it clear that this dream is more than material.
Some see a great connection between the above stated quote and the statement in the United States Declaration of Independence, which says that all Men are created equal with the unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
For me the American Dream is the opportunity to achieve what you believe in, no matter what your background is. This is a very unique reality. (and I will talk about this later)
What really strikes me in Adams quote are two things:
1 . He didn't believe that European upper class would be able to grasp this concept.
Thinking back of my days in Austria, we (and I'm not upper class) for sure didn't grasp the American dream. My Mom had an Uncle from America, who would bring chewing gum and unusual candy when he visited us. His name was Uncle Billy. He was almost like a character straight out of a Hollywood movie, no - he was more or less a fiction for us.
We just couldn't relate. In Austria things were very simple. You work, you get some money, you have a family, you go on vacation 2 weeks a year in the summer and maybe one week of skiing in the winter. You think inside the box, because there is no outside the box.
But uncle Billy was a world traveler, he was open minded, adventurous and spontaneous. He was very different from everybody I knew at that time.
Now when I talk to my folks back at home, I see how much America has changed my thinking and how much Europe still has a problem to grasp the American Dream. (even when I talk to them about it!)
2. But what is even more significant in the Adams quote is "too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it"
The doubt of the American Dream was already noticeable for Adams in the 30's. And maybe times go up and down, but I believe we are at that same point again. There is doubt that the American dream is not possible anymore. There is no trust in the great potential of each and everybody's life. There is no faith in the great opportunity it seems.
Many American's seem to have started to think more in European terms. And I will explain to you very soon why this is a pity.
The Alien Patriot
See more about the American Dream
This is not a small question and will probably progress over time, as I will write in further detail about my vision. I have come to the US many years ago, with a lot of prejudice and reservation about what America has to offer not just as a nation, but also as an idea.
I grew up in Austria and lived there all the way up until my late 20's. I was presented with the image of America being somewhat a fiction and a monster. John Wayne and other Hollywood movie stars were just too good to be true and the involvement of the US military in many conflicts on this earth was not going down well in a liberal oriented state in the heart of Europe.
But after living here for a while now, I had to reconsider many of the images that I had about the US. I used to be a very liberal, almost an "accept whatever people want to do - except if you stand for traditional values" kind of guy. A hippie, a punk ...
Why I got this way is easy to explain? I just wanted to be different than the generation of my parents, who worked hard after WWII to create a prosperous environment for me and my brother to grow up in.
Of course they planted many seeds within myself (that I was of course totally unaware of) that have flowered over the years.
Times change, opinion change, but some of these core values will just always stick around.
But now back to the Alien Patriot...
I came here with a prejudice and America has slowly taught me very valuable things.
America is truly the land of the free, home of the brave, but first and foremost the land of opportunity. I will talk a lot more about that in later posts.
Like today in a speech from John McCain: "If America puts its mind to something, it can do it."
Nike's slogan is: "Just do it"
Those are true American motto's. I will show you why they are so unique to this country.
I love my home country very much, but I feel more and more as an American. That's why I call myself the Alien Patriot.
And what is the goal of this blog?
Well, I have a feeling that a lot of Americans do not believe in the American Dream anymore. They see it as a myth, as something of the good ol' days. They feel that the good times are gone.
I am here to remind people that the American Dream is still here and only here. No other country offers the opportunities and prosperity that America does.
But as always the American dream comes only to those who dream it, not to those who don't believe it even exists.
I am deeply saddened that as I started to appreciate America as a great gift, many Americans lost their hope and faith in this nation.
I have lived in the old and the new world, so I will try to show you, why it is a privilege to live in America and why America has to remain in the spirit of the founding fathers.
The Alien Patriot