July 14, 2004
KING: What do you think, Teresa, would be the effect of another terror attack on the United States politically?
HEINZ-KERRY: I don't know. I think most Americans subconsciously believe something is going to happen. It's a matter of when. And it's a matter of how.
KING: Strange way to live, though.
HEINZ-KERRY: Yeah. But you know, Europeans have lived that way and other people around the world have lived that way. Americans have been very safe, at least as a nation.
Rush Limbaugh explained a serious difference in worldview between people on the Left and people on the Right:
America is exceptional. America is the shining light, city on the hill, beacon of freedom, all this, prosperous nation, superpower. The left doesn't like that. They don't believe in American exceptionalism. They think this is an accident. It's not fair we should be more prosperous. It's not fair we should be safer. We must learn to adapt as the Europeans have. And her husband didn't step in and disagree with any of this.
I encountered some of this in the class I took over the weekend. Our professor hails from Africa but has lived in Germany for thirty years. At times during the seminar, he seemed to be belittling the American response to 9/11. He too was operating under the viewpoint that these things have been going on in other parts of the world for much more than three years, and that al Qaeda and Islamic fundamentalism terrorism is nothing to get all worked up about. He kept pointing out how Americans think that terrorism started in September 2001 when in fact it's been going on in Europe for decades.
My question is, why does it seem that we're the only ones to try to do something about it?
Granted, 9/11 is much bigger than anything the Red Army Faction or other terrorist groups ever did, but why hasn't Europe been waging a War on Terror for the past few decades? It's funny that when France said "We're all Americans now," what they seemed to really mean is "We're all victims now." And Theresa Heinz-Kerry seems to agree. It sucks to live in fear, but hey, everyone else does it. That's not the type of mentality that I want running the country. I want "smoke 'em out"; I want "either you are with us or you are with the terrorists"; I want "bring 'em on." I don't want "I'm an internationalist. I'd like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations."
I don't want to cower like the rest of the world does. I want us to be exceptional.
(Thanks for RWN for the quotes.)
MORE TO GROK:
Annika is a lot more blunt than I am...
July 08, 2004
So Will I
My grandfather remembers when he was in the Navy. He fought in World War Two. When I play GI Joes with him he would always take the gun he used when he was in the war. He would always tell me about the gun he use to use. When I grow and go to war I want to have the same gun and do the same things too.
I have wanted to be a warrior since I was four. The reason why I want to be a warrior is so I can help others and be remembered. My dad doesnt want me to be a warrior, but I am still going to be one. If I was alive when they had the Vietnam War I would have been in it.
My grandfather was a warrior and so will I.
And then he got yelled at by his teacher.
(Via Iraq Now)
It was a lazy afternoon at Russell Simmons' spread outside downtown East Hampton.
The hip-hop and fashion mogul, his younger brother Joe (aka Rev. Run, who's filming a pilot of his own reality show for the ABC Family Channel), movie director Brett Ratner and his girlfriend, Serena Williams (recovering from her defeat in the Wimbledon final), were getting a little antsy on a rainy Monday, wondering what to do with themselves.
Then Kid Rock arrived.
So they all decided to drive into town and take in a movie.
They jumped into various vehicles and headed for the United Artists East Hampton theater on Main St.
Standing in front of the box office and perusing the titles, Simmons suggested that everybody catch the 7:15 showing of "Fahrenheit 9/11."
Kid Rock balked.
"I don't want to see that, it's all propaganda," the rock star said - sparking a prolonged political debate right there on the sidewalk.
"Russell, don't you understand, everything we got in this country, we got from fighting," Kid Rock argued, according to Simmons' account. "It's just a movie. ... I'd rather go to the bar across the street."
Kid Rock refused to see the movie, and said goodbye. The others bought tickets and went into the theater.
A couple of hours later, Simmons returned to his parked car. On his windshield was a scribbled note:
"Vote Bush. Bush Rocks," apparently written by Kid Rock himself.
Man, I love that guy.
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