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EUROPE, R.I.P. - for whom the bell tolls

snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques 2012/05/10 19:54:12
By Arthur Herman;National Review Online
May 7, 2012 12:30 P.M.
Europe is dying. Dying right along with socialism and Obamaism. Recent election results show Europe’s voters don’t know they’re committing suicide, or don’t care. The only question is what will take Europe’s place once its political union, and its worthless currency, wind up on the ash heap of history.

Three times in the last century America had to save Europe from itself — WWI, II, and the Cold War. Now we’ll have to do it again, as Europeans stumble dazed from the rubble created by their EU bureaucrats, politicians, and unions. But this time it won’t be U.S. soldiers, arms, or nuclear umbrella that come to Europe’s rescue. It’ll be American ideas and policies based on free market, economic growth, and individual freedom.

In a sense, Europe has no place left to go. They tried fascism and Communism; those proved deadly flops. That left state socialism’s ‘mixed economy.’ The European Union was created in 1992 at the end of the Cold War — a victory, we note, of America’s making, not Europe — as a monument to socialism’s ideal of large centralized planned economies and societies. It’s the same ideal Obama and his liberal friends have worshiped for a generation — with only slightly less disastrous results here. But in spite of Obama’s mountain of debt, reckless government spending, and punitive regulation, America appears to be hanging in. We’re the last major capitalist, pro-growth economy on earth, with an energy sector built on shale oil and gas, a reviving advanced manufacturing base, and a wireless and high-tech innovation industry second to none. All it would take is a ‘pro-business’ president to turn the 21st century into the next American century — and to show how free market and the private sector can turn around even the most shattered economy.

Post-Katrina New Orleans is now a burgeoning high tech Bayou Valley; gas fracking rigs springing from the desolate landscape of central Pennsylvania. This will be the new model for a post-EU Europe. Who knows. Maybe at the end of all this, Europeans will discover their own culture buried under two centuries of socialist and Marxist garbage: the Europe of Adam Smith, Tocqueville, and Hayek, of Aristotle and Aquinas. Maybe they’ll realize their birthright as the original home of liberty and freedom, at long last.

......moral of the story: None of this can be done if BHO remains in office.
Could America be marching toward suicidal ruin as well? ~ snell
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  • Chi~Cat 2012/05/19 04:02:48 (edited)
    Chi~Cat
    +3
    To hell with Europe. Save ourselves. We're in the gutter already with that lying Commie. Thing is, that wipe can't pitch, but he sure as hell knows how to throw gutter ballz.

    obama gutter ballR
  • SK-pro ... Chi~Cat 2012/05/19 05:00:46
    SK-pro impeachment
    +2
    Is that him at the special olympics?? (his words, not mine.)
  • Chi~Cat SK-pro ... 2012/05/19 06:12:46 (edited)
    Chi~Cat
    +2
    lmao!!! uh, nope.

    Tis called "ineptitude" b/c bowling was not popular in Indokneesheeya,

    cat word
  • SK-pro ... Chi~Cat 2012/05/19 06:27:52
  • Chi~Cat SK-pro ... 2012/05/19 06:43:53
  • BlueMax372 2012/05/12 14:41:34
    BlueMax372
    +3
    With 0v0mit in office, America is paralyzed. Another term for this commie and we'll follow Europe into the third world.
  • snell/G... BlueMax372 2012/05/12 19:05:06
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +3
    you're seeing it as it is......
  • Red Branch 2012/05/12 04:41:10
    Red Branch
    +4
    It would be best if we withheld judgment until we have won our battle. It is a coming.
  • snell/G... Red Branch 2012/05/12 19:07:21
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +4
    i sincerely believe that is why we are in the quandary we're in here in America is because we took/take our freedoms for granted - ignoring what it is that is/was bringing other less fortunate countries down and so now there is paltry little time left to actually see the storm looming in the distance heading straight for us! Prepare NOW or perish!
  • Red Branch snell/G... 2012/05/13 03:32:21
    Red Branch
    +4
    I know. From the time he was elected I have hoped for impeachment or just because he is an illegal alien. Because I was not sure we could survive a full term.
  • Kane Fernau 2012/05/12 03:39:02
    Kane Fernau
    +5
    It's gonna take more than a bunch of washed up 60's radical to completely destroy the the good old USA. They keep trying.
  • snell/G... Kane Fe... 2012/05/12 19:09:58
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +5
    those 'washed up 60's' radicals are the ones who've passed down to the now current 'educated' left-wing liberal idiots.....within our young universities and companies.
  • Kane Fe... snell/G... 2012/05/12 19:55:40
    Kane Fernau
    +5
    Yea, they didn't want to work so they teach. Not all but many.
  • TheTailor 2012/05/12 02:39:42
    TheTailor
    +3
    Trudging? I'd say we are marching, this spending is ridiculous. We need to be the world's leading energy producer and the genie is out of the bottle, the "progressives" can't stop progress.
  • Jack Sprat 2012/05/11 23:45:18 (edited)
    Jack Sprat
    +7
    I was delighted to see the French go socialist, again, as if Nepooian III wasn't bad enough, always going back to the bowl marked "toliet", apparently they think it's English for "punch". Glad we left when we did. None of the morons want to take the responsiblity of their choices, hey just like the liberal sludge buckets here......Hmmmm so stupid is genetic.

    morons responsiblity choices hey liberal sludge buckets hmmmm stupid genetic


    Well at least the cheese is free

    generational liberal stupidity
  • TheTailor Jack Sprat 2012/05/12 02:47:28
    TheTailor
    +4
    Me too, I want to see Europe implode, France will help speed the process now.
  • Kane Fe... TheTailor 2012/05/12 19:57:22
    Kane Fernau
    +5
    As long as it stays in Europe!
  • TheTailor Kane Fe... 2012/05/12 20:02:41
    TheTailor
    +4
    If we keep spending we'll be right with Europe on the sinking ship. Your ship is already leaking.
  • Kane Fe... TheTailor 2012/05/12 20:26:55
    Kane Fernau
    +5
    We have a lot invested in Europe. I'm afraid of economic repercussions.
  • TheTailor Kane Fe... 2012/05/13 00:50:08
    TheTailor
    +3
    Can not be avoided.
  • Kane Fe... TheTailor 2012/05/13 00:55:23
    Kane Fernau
    +4
    I'm afraid you're right.
  • Kane Fe... Jack Sprat 2012/05/12 19:56:50
    Kane Fernau
    +5
    They could always declare war on us and we would rebuild their country.
  • Jack Sprat Kane Fe... 2012/05/12 23:33:16
    Jack Sprat
    +5
    No, they like to be invaded, and the very french looking traitor John F'ng Cash 'n Carry would never let that happen, unless Teresa said so, she does have his billfold on a tight leash.
  • BlueMax372 Kane Fe... 2012/05/13 14:38:22
    BlueMax372
    +3
    With this pansy in the White House, we'd probably surrender.
  • BlueMax372 Jack Sprat 2012/05/13 14:39:23
    BlueMax372
    +4
    Ample evidence of the 0v0mite implementation of the Cloward-Piven strategy.
  • Jack Sprat BlueMax372 2012/05/13 20:55:59
    Jack Sprat
    +3
    And with predictible success.
  • Brian Tristan MacQuillan 2012/05/11 08:34:10
    Brian Tristan MacQuillan
    +8
    The European Union was created to supplant the United States, and the Euro to supplant the Dollar, as the dominate nation and currency, respectively. But alas, entitlements were their undoing. Marxism always leads to failure.

    When zombies are not fed, and kept by the government, they are going to want your stuff, especially your brains if they have not been infected. The biggest threat to zombies, and the those who enable them are free thinking, freedom loving people. Go figure. Sic semper tyrannis!

  • BlueMax372 Brian T... 2012/05/12 14:38:09
    BlueMax372
    +5
    nail on the head

    Yet again, my friend!
  • Brian T... BlueMax372 2012/05/12 21:48:57
    Brian Tristan MacQuillan
    +4
    Wow, another A+ from Professor BlueMax.
    Nice!
  • Kane Fe... Brian T... 2012/05/12 19:58:39
    Kane Fernau
    +5
    Europe is mad because the best and brightest either moved to America or died in a war.
  • Brian T... Kane Fe... 2012/05/12 21:52:48
    Brian Tristan MacQuillan
    +5
    Good point. All the people that came to the United States came for a better life; yo get away from the crap in their native countries. Certainly that can be said of Western Europeans, but it can also be said of just about any other group of people that came here, except perhaps indentured servants and slaves. But alas, even those last two groups hit the jackpot when they were freed.
  • Red Branch Kane Fe... 2012/05/13 03:34:01
    Red Branch
    +5
    Actually, that is why they hate us.
    They hated our ancestors when they were over there, which is why many left.
  • Sherloc... Brian T... 2012/05/12 20:47:14
  • Brian T... Sherloc... 2012/05/12 21:53:58
    Brian Tristan MacQuillan
    +4
    Considering Italy is on of the countries in the "PIIGS" line up, not unless Germany bails them out three times over.
  • Sherloc... Brian T... 2012/05/16 23:21:28
  • Brian T... Sherloc... 2012/05/17 00:19:37
  • Sherloc... Brian T... 2012/05/18 04:08:22
  • Brian T... Sherloc... 2012/05/19 05:12:37
    Brian Tristan MacQuillan
    +2
    In general, if you want to use the Bible for prophecy, I think you make a pretty darn good argument. I have seen it applied to individuals before, and it ended up not coming to be, but you make a good point in applying it to philosophies more than individuals.

    Whether or not what you put forth happens, you make one of the better arguments I have seen regarding Biblical prophecy.
  • Sherloc... Brian T... 2012/05/19 19:24:05
  • Brian T... Sherloc... 2012/05/20 08:10:54
    Brian Tristan MacQuillan
    +1
    Very well put.

    I tend to see things as possible. Certainly the Cold War, and the upheavals in Iraq/Iran, and with Israel/Egypt could have all unraveled into an end time scenario. Likewise, today we have Europe in an economic tailspin, China is attempting to establish itself as a World Power, and the situation in the Middle East, and Persia are as messed up as ever. It seems the time is always ripe for the end times.

    That said, the EU was put together to challenge the U.S., and the Euro was established to challenge the U.S. Dollar as the World's currency. But the EU is to committed to entitlements to go very far, and it looks like it will implode. China is indeed come into its own economically, and militarily, but infrastructure-wise is hollow. The situations in the Middle East and Persia are bad, but no where as bad as much of the African continent, it just so happens there is oil in the Middle East and Persia. So, that is a done deal, and "Western Society is done" is not set.

    But if some crappy country like North Korea is able to get a missile that can reach the U.S. and Europe, then all they need is to put off a nuclear device way up high to fry all of our infrastructure, instantly putting us back to the 1880s, which very few people are even remotely prepared for. A th...


    Very well put.

    I tend to see things as possible. Certainly the Cold War, and the upheavals in Iraq/Iran, and with Israel/Egypt could have all unraveled into an end time scenario. Likewise, today we have Europe in an economic tailspin, China is attempting to establish itself as a World Power, and the situation in the Middle East, and Persia are as messed up as ever. It seems the time is always ripe for the end times.

    That said, the EU was put together to challenge the U.S., and the Euro was established to challenge the U.S. Dollar as the World's currency. But the EU is to committed to entitlements to go very far, and it looks like it will implode. China is indeed come into its own economically, and militarily, but infrastructure-wise is hollow. The situations in the Middle East and Persia are bad, but no where as bad as much of the African continent, it just so happens there is oil in the Middle East and Persia. So, that is a done deal, and "Western Society is done" is not set.

    But if some crappy country like North Korea is able to get a missile that can reach the U.S. and Europe, then all they need is to put off a nuclear device way up high to fry all of our infrastructure, instantly putting us back to the 1880s, which very few people are even remotely prepared for. A third of the population would be dead in three months.
    We would starve, die from disease, and kill each other in that scenario.

    My point is, we do not know what is going to happen, or how. So, I am strong in my faith, and I live in a way that is in concert with that. I fight for what is right, and cherish my liberty. I was convinced in the 1980s that it was all coming to the end, as at the time the interpretations were right in line with what was going on then. I did not find it served much of a purpose for me, as it would not change anything. I will stand up for faith, my Constitution, and against the Humanists/Marxists regardless.
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