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August 2, 2011


As I write the world's only delusional superflower, perennially in love with itself, navel-gazing as narcissistically as ever, ignorant, self-indulgent, gurbling like an insane relative in the attic and fondling electro-trinkets from Japan, is broke. Yes, we see a beautiful dive from the high board, two somersaults and a half-twist, into the Third World. And so richly deserved. -- Fred On Everything

Posted by Vanderleun at August 2, 2011 10:04 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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That's some strong-bad curmudgeonly rant

Boiling down the current charades yields his view, essentially. I wonder if he references Borks' book in his header ?

We are. Slouching. Guatemala would be a better landing spot than Borks'

Posted by: OhioDude at August 2, 2011 12:11 PM

". . .so richly deserved."

I don't know about that. Oh, I can agree with so much to rue, but I will never go full-bore cynical about our collective sense of national identity. We had to give it a go, and the rest of the world loved us for it, emulated us at every turn, and wanted to be us. Misguided? Only in our naivete. Only in thinking everyone would love us. And why would anyone want to be something other than us?

We trusted too well, too long, our own goodness and projected it onto unworthy satraps, criminal politicians and footling bureaucrats.

Shall we err in the other direction? Shall we cynically project our bitterness out like a sunburst of venom, to poison what Good remains? It is tempting.

But having an Ideal for time and place is the most practical way to arrive there. And the most probable.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at August 2, 2011 5:07 PM

It's all relative, globally speaking. With whom, exactly, are we comparing ourselves these days? Does anyone recall the difficulty GW had in finding even moderate support from our so-called allies? These are not normal times. This is not the world we knew even 30 years ago. This is not about Americans being isolationist or arrogant. It's not America who has lost her way - if anything, Americans are rising up again. In my opinion, it is the world that has the soul searching to do now.

Posted by: RedCarolina at August 3, 2011 5:56 AM

Now I've seen it. Political commentary... on meth. And it has been, is, and most probably will continue to be a long, strange trip.

Posted by: boqueronman at August 4, 2011 4:12 PM

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