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One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages.Enlightened enough for what?
China banned plastic bags, man. P-l-a-s-t-i-c b-a-gs. Gone, with the single enlightened stroke of a pen. They just got rid of them. No votes. No debate. Those inspired rulers said There Shall Be No More Thin Plastic Bags. "Bam! Just like that — 1.3 billion people, theoretically, will stop using thin plastic bags" he [Thomas Friedma] writes in his chapter "China for a Day (But Not for Two)."Cool! What else has democracy-free China done?
We could do that here if we could just get rid of our constitution — just for a day, mind you. I mean who wouldn't want to go 24 hours without habeas corpus or the first amendment, if it meant getting rid of these petroleum-soaked turtle-choking wind-socks of doom?
Too bad for them, but hey, no more plastic bags!
In the past few months Chinese dictators who Tom Friedman called a “reasonably enlightened group” have jailed blogger Wu Baoqun for posting information that the government forced Chinese peasants to sell their land at extremely low prices, so that the Communist Party could auction that land off for a hefty profit.
But jailing those who are complaining about government expropriations from peasants is not all the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been up to. Let’s take one of Friedman’s pet issues, the environment. His favorite enlightened despots have sent Sun Xiaodi, a Gansu environmental activist and recipient of the 2006 Nuclear-free Future Award, and his daughter Sun Haiyan to re-education-through-labor camps for exposing official corruption and nuclear waste pollution in Gansu Province. Likewise, the CCP has sent activists Wu Lihong and Tang Zhirong to jail for complaining about industrial pollution.
what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as the "mob" -- a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals. I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speechSorry, Camille. You thought wrong.
But somehow liberals have drifted into a strange servility toward big government,Which I find bizarre. Liberals wouldn't lie belly up for an Exxon or an Aetna or a Wal-Mart-- other large organizations that influence our lives--but a Democratic administration, which by virtue of being able to pass laws, arguably holds more power over our lives?
The ethical collapse of the left was nowhere more evident than in the near total silence of liberal media and Web sites at the Obama administration's outrageous solicitation to private citizens to report unacceptable "casual conversations" to the White House. If Republicans had done this, there would have been an angry explosion by Democrats from coast to coast. I was stunned at the failure of liberals to see the blatant totalitarianism in this incident, which the president should have immediately denounced. His failure to do so implicates him in it.The list of awkward, amateurish bungling in this administration is getting suspiciously long. When do we quit calling them rookie mistakes and start calling them ideology?
Democrats, then the majority party in Congress, not only denounced Bush's speech -- they also ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate its production and later summoned top Bush administration officials to Capitol Hill for an extensive hearing on the issue.I know--dog bites man story, but I can't help it!
Those are all the people who are trying to help--families, teachers, and Barack Hussein Obama? He's "working hard to fix up" classrooms? I hope not! He has two wars and a health care bill to worry about,The other thing I thought about the speech, was that he's really trying to inspire poor kids. He could have made it broader to include the disaffected middle- and upper-middle class suburban youth. Kids can get cynical out in the 'burbs, ya know! Maybe it comes from having too much--I don't know.
"Mark Steyn, a Canadian author and political commentator, speaking on the Rush Limbaugh show on Wednesday, accused Mr. Obama of trying to create a cult of personality, comparing him to Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong Il, the North Korean leader."What he actually said:
"Obviously we're not talking about the cult of personality on the Saddam Hussein/Kim Jong Il scale."According to Steyn, and I believe him.
Your kid will have to put up with twelve years of public school indoctrination anyway - one more day can't hurt.I well remember President Carter urging Americans to control the temperature in their homes to save energy, and it fit snugly with my burgeoning frugal self. I've got plenty of green friends who turn blue at night when it comes to adjusting the temperature on the p.m. A/C -- can't not snuggle under warm, thick covers as though you're living through a Colorado winter without heat, even though it's North Texas where night time summer lows generally hover at 78. Let us keep the cozy!