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Re: “The Trouble With Angry White Men

Catwiththumbs: Don't even bring up the issue of literacy because it's obvious you do not know what it means. Hear yourself: Indent a comment to a blog post. Sounds pretty much like the wisdom from the new American right - ever ready to jump to conclusion irrespective of context. Pity is still your lot.

Posted by Ndabaningi on August 22, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Re: “The Trouble With Angry White Men

Catwiththumbs: I'll shock myself if I say you surprise me. Indentation of paragraphs now make a huge meaning to you, the mightily frivolous. You will soon fall back to wanting me to indent my talk too. When it suits you, the fivolous get elevated; when it doesn't, then war-mongering takes pride of place. The sooner Americans like you get serious with the rapidly changing realities of our current global existence, the sooner your country will begin the necessary task of adjusting. Which adjustment this country is fully capable of doing with less trashing about and whining if people like you can give thoughtful leadership a chance. But no, you won't. Your right, as of birth. to shiny toys has suddenly been abridged (as nature has ordained it from time)and you're unable to live with it. Those of us who've always been grateful for America's role in the world (WW1 & 11; Korean War; responsibly and non-violently winding down the Soviet Union; etc) are honestly shocked at what nincompoop leadership has done to this once great leader of the vanguard for a free world. Our own anger at America (or what has become of it) comes from knowing that the world is, in fact, in dire need of a moral leader now as perhaps any other time in history. It is precisely the kind of trashing about that's going on in this couyntry that will ensure that China zooms past the U.S. with none of you noticing because you're more interested in fostering a macho image than in providing global leadership from a moral high ground. I bet you're one of those who will keep up with the argument as to whether America succeeded in Iraq with a certain troop surge and not whether that mision was called for in the first place even with Osama Bin Laden reclining on a hamock in Tora Bora. Either way, my previous conclusion remains ineluctable.

Posted by Ndabaningi on August 22, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Re: “The Trouble With Angry White Men

Great article! I've watched the American punditry scene in the past two years skirt this very subject matter with pretentiousness and dexterity. The polls (another word for pretence) show that some 30% of Americans (read: white males) believe their president is a muslim. Another 40% strongly believe that Obama was born in Kenya (or is it Indonesia). And you want me to believe that these poll outcomes are normal and issuing forth from a nation with, presumably, one of the highest literacy levels in the world? Well, I don't. This fury sure comes from minds that have gone twisty from bottled up anger and (self-) loathing. This president campaigned on just about every single legislative initiative he's got congress to pass. Yet an entire nation of (presumably white angry males) pretends that they've been taken by complete surprise by the man and his actions. All empirical evidences (as to the need for a thoughtful health care bill for the economy's long haul survival; climate bill; clean jobs creation bill; etc.) are entirely discountenanced in the rabid exchange that has passed for national discourse. Oh yes, my dear Mr. Moredock, there sure is more to the self-loathing than meets the eye. After living comfortably for eight years while the legacies of past visionary leadership were trampled by the mindless and frivolous Bush-Cheney duo, you would think that these right wingnuts would at least give thoughtfulness and introspection a chance to unwind years of rashness. But no. The same cadre of rabble-rousers are, incidentally, the most willing to allow their country prance around the world picking fights no matter how uncalled for - and even in the face of severe economic strictures. They would rather that America uses its vast but rapidly dwindling wealth to fight battles in far-flung climes. Nobody asks the question as to why Finland, Switzerland, your neighbour Canada, Austria, etc. are all way ahead of the world's richest nation in terms of the most important yardsticks for measuring the content of its citizens' lives. The commentary trail here hints at one ineluctable fact: literacy of the mental variety is, in fact, the department where America is most in need of global pity and assistance.

Posted by Ndabaningi on August 22, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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