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Victor Davis Hanson: Our Battered American [gets angrier - Must Read Rant] ^ | February 20, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 02/20/2009 11:07:45 AM PST by Tolik

I am meeting a few battered Americans these days. There are not many left, but those that are seem to sound alike. Yes, I think I am beginning to understand Mr. Battered American, and he sounds tired and a bit like this.

“I’m sorry Mr. President, but we are just not dictatorial in the Middle East. You said the Saudis, not America, showed courage over there. But, Mr. President, the Saudis, they live under Sharia law! And my God!—they once engineered crippling oil boycotts against our nation. And wasn’t it they who produced 15 of the 19 killers on 9/11? So no, Mr. President, those Saudis—they simply are not courageous. Now Mr. Biden, there is no reason to set the reset button on foreign policy, as you promised all those Europeans. None at all. Tell that resetting stuff instead to Ahmadinejad, Chavez, that Korean nut, Putin, and all the other thugs who kill and cause misery, but not to our America that saves and feeds and helps. Mrs. Clinton, it’s now your turn. We are not impulsive as you told the world. So you can stop apologizing for America’s recent behavior—unless you think the world would be a better place with the Taliban, and Saddam and his two boys in power. Or maybe Europe should have Schroeder and Chirac back, or Libya with nuclear weapons, or Khalid Sheik Mohammed freed from Guantanamo. Or maybe America shouldn’t have given that $15 billion for AIDs relief in Africa, or helped with earthquakes in Pakistan and tsunamis in Indonesia. Now all that was sorta impulsive.”

As he thinks about this apology business, the battered American always gets a little angrier,

“And another thing. Mr. Holder, I’ve never said or done a racist thing in my life, not one. Always supported equal opportunity, always will. So don’t call me a “coward” or my countrymen “cowards,” not when you’re my Attorney General. You are The Attorney General of the United States of America, so please, no more playing Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, leveling the latest shake-down charge on television. That’s not really in your job description to call your own countrymen “cowards.” When I was in high school I was taught that name-calling like that might be what they said was “projection.” So maybe, just maybe, you have been cowardly—and arrogant too—but not those whom you accused of all that. At least if someone asked me to help pardon a fugitive on the FBI’s most wanted list, I would have said “no.” Always, no exceptions, period! Anything else? That would be cowardly.”

Our battered American I noticed gets even more riled up and would say to our new energy secretary,

“And another thing Mr. Chu, California isn’t going anywhere. What’s this dry up and blow away nonsense? You’re our Energy Secretary, not Jimmy Carter in his cardigan sweater or Al Gore doing interviews on that private jet. So Americans aren’t going to “vanish” in rural California. We’re proud that we created, by blood, and hard work, and suffering, the richest agricultural valleys in the world. They won’t disappear soon—at least not if you allow us to have the water that our great-grandfathers tapped and brought down from the Sierra, instead of letting it run full blast into the sea so that Speaker Pelosi’s mice can live more nicely in the bay than we do on our farms.”

I think this battered American would also say,

“Mr. President, I passed on buying that bigger house. When I wanted to refinance and put in that extra room, I also backed out, since I couldn’t meet that additional $400 a month on the debt. I never flipped a house; I never missed a mortgage payment; and I never took out a second, third, or fourth mortgage either. I didn’t even know there were such crazy things. So please don’t tell me that the 93% of us that played by our grandfathers’ rules are obligated to come to the rescue of the 7%, who did the exact opposite. At one of your town meetings, just one, instead of pandering to those who defaulted, ask one of us to stand up for paying our debts and then say to the crowd, “Give a hand to Mrs. Battered American. She pays her mortgage, so the rest of us don’t have to!” Try that just once.”

Mrs. Battered American would go on,

“I have two credit cards, and only use one, and it is not maxed out. And when I hear the radio blaring to renegotiate my mortgage, to renounce my credit card debt, or stick it to the IRS, I turn it off. I was raised to pay what I owe—or not to borrow the money in the first place. I never thought what I make today I would necessarily always make tomorrow, and so I did not go into debt on the chance that our government—other Americans—should pay off what I charged.”

“I tried to put away a little away for college, Mr. President. Just a bit for tuition and such. But when I did, my kids no longer qualified for loans, and scholarships and federal help. So, yes, I want more education. But we are in debt for over a trillion dollars this year, and maybe, just once, you might advise us to pass on that big-screen television, that digital camera, and instead put a tiny bit away for our girls’ tuition, or our boys’ books, so others won’t have to.”

“And Mr. President,” the battered American would add,

 “When I add up my federal income tax, my state income tax, my Medicare, and my Social Security taxes, I am paying half my income to the government. Wait— far more than half my income, when I figure in my sales and property and car taxes. My accountant, when I can afford one, tells me to pay, not dodge, what I owe. And, oh, Mr. President I am so tired of all those taxes, so tired, but I am so lawful as well. And so I pay the bill, all of it. Every dime. Unlike your Treasury Secretary, who runs the IRS, I never cheat. I don’t write off my kid’s camp as a business expense—hell, I don’t even send him to camp in the first place. And unlike your cabinet nominee Mr. Daschle, I don’t have a limousine. And if I got a free one, I would think someone had to pay for it. If used it every day, why shouldn’t I pay taxes on it? And unlike your Labor Secretary nominee, I have no liens on my property, Mr. President. But if I did, I’d pay them off before you nominated me—or bow out if I didn’t.”

This battered American would remember all that—I’ve seen it happen—and get angrier,

 “Mr. President, I have never been nominated for much, but when I did serve someone or something, I never bowed out like Mr. Richardson, because the government was never investigating whether or not I was a crook. Sorry, never happened.”

Finally, Mr. Battered American would snap back to Mr. President:

“I played by the rules, and put a little away in my 401(k). I knew the risks, not because the broker, the bank, or the firm told me all the risks, but because I never shook hands with any of them or even knew those who took my money and promised it was safe—and so I was never sure it really was. And I lost 30% of it. I will live by that too. But please, don’t tell me I must pay for AIG, and the state of California, and all those who charged too much on their VISAs. Just take more of my money in taxes to do all that—but, again, please, no more lectures that I have to, that I must, that I am obligated to. And no more of your team’s lecturing me about being patriotic in paying my taxes, and unpatriotic in not wanting to borrow more trillions that my kids’ kids will have to pay back.”

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1 posted on 02/20/2009 11:07:45 AM PST by Tolik
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2 posted on 02/20/2009 11:08:34 AM PST by Tolik
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To: Tolik

Amity Shales “The Forgotten Man” (and woman)...

3 posted on 02/20/2009 11:10:38 AM PST by sailor4321
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To: Tolik

I am Mr. Battered American.

4 posted on 02/20/2009 11:14:27 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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Victor Davis Hanson: Enough Already [Eric Holder's "cowards" moral posturing]

Friday, February 20, 2009 11:41:17 AM  
NRO ^ | February 20, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
Many have weighed in on Eric Holder's "cowards" slur. He obviously hasn't paid much attention to college campuses, where the obsession with race permeates departments, curricula, hiring, faculty profile, student events, funding, etc. Bumper-sticker identification and hair-trigger readiness to accuse someone of racism to further a particular ideological or even personal agenda are now 30 years old and institutionalized in higher education. He is right on one count, however — in the university, public schools, journalism at large, the foundations, and politics, there is a reluctance in one aspect to broach the subject. It is absolutely taboo to suggest that...


5 posted on 02/20/2009 11:15:00 AM PST by Tolik
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To: Army Air Corps

I too am Mr. Battered American.

6 posted on 02/20/2009 11:15:15 AM PST by ironwill (I want my daddy's records.)
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To: Tolik
There's a lot of dry tinder out there.
And sparks are flying.
All we need is a little breeze to fan those sparks and this whole party is going to get real hot.
7 posted on 02/20/2009 11:15:55 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: ironwill

I am Mrs. Battered American.....and I’m ticked.

8 posted on 02/20/2009 11:16:19 AM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: Tolik
There's a reason why our forefathers said

"Don't Tread On Me"

In the month Comrade 0bama's regime took over, not one day has passed when he, or one of his minions, didn't piss me off.

The "Battered American" will take only so much. Fair warning: This Dog Bites!

9 posted on 02/20/2009 11:16:41 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Kenyan Usurper - "Let his days be few, and let another take his office." Psalm 109:8)
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To: Tolik

Would the “Batterd American” be the same folks that “cling to guns or religion”?

I guess that would be me then. “Battered”, indeed.

10 posted on 02/20/2009 11:18:51 AM PST by technically right
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To: ClearCase_guy
I see some signs of a buyers remorse at my place of employment. Granted, it's anecdotal evidence but all revolts start small
11 posted on 02/20/2009 11:19:56 AM PST by lakertaker
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To: Tolik

I am Mr. Battered American too.

12 posted on 02/20/2009 11:22:24 AM PST by texmexis best (uency)
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To: ironwill

I am Mr. Battered American.... and so’s my wife!

13 posted on 02/20/2009 11:23:29 AM PST by DryFly
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To: Tolik

Deep sigh... What was this battered american doing on Nov. 4 ‘09

14 posted on 02/20/2009 11:24:06 AM PST by Calusa (Subo como el Dolar. Bajo como el cafe.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

I am Mrs. Battered American too. I replaced our Stars and Bars with a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag last month.

15 posted on 02/20/2009 11:24:31 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Tolik

We conservatives, by our quiet acquiescence over the past 70 years, have allowed this to happen.

We have allowed these people to rise to power. We let them take over schools and universities. We let them take over the media. We let them infest business and politics with their socialism and political correctness.

We have no one to blame but ourselves.

It seems “live and let live” is no longer a viable political philosophy.

16 posted on 02/20/2009 11:25:40 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Tolik


17 posted on 02/20/2009 11:28:29 AM PST by gibsosa
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To: PetroniusMaximus
It seems “live and let live” is no longer a viable political philosophy.

You are correct sir.

18 posted on 02/20/2009 11:29:27 AM PST by ironwill (I want my daddy's records.)
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To: technically right

Battered and clinging. That’s me.

19 posted on 02/20/2009 11:34:55 AM PST by JenB987
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To: lakertaker place of employment

No wonder you all are feeling some buyer's remorse. Look what the people who don't go to a place of employment are going to get!

And if you do go to a place of employment, the Secretary of Transportation, a true koolaid drinker, wants to tax every mile you drive.

Because gasoline taxes are not bringing in as many dollars, dontcha know, since the mandating of fuel efficiency standards has enabled everyone to drive more miles per gallon purchased.

20 posted on 02/20/2009 11:37:34 AM PST by maica (Barack Obama is a Communist Party Project.)
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