Economist Arnold Kling is quite upset with the Republicans:
“This November, I am looking forward to seeing the Republicans lose control of Congress. I would say to the Republicans, as Oliver Cromwell reportedly said to the Rump Parliament, and as Leo Amery reprised during Neville Chamberlain's final crisis as Prime Minister, "You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately... Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!
The whole oil-company-baiting, education-centralizing, entitlement-expanding, earmark-loving lot of them can be tossed out, as far as I'm concerned. Then we can start over."
Yup, Kling is about to throw in the towel. The hell with those spendthrift and irresponsible Republicans. It’s indeed time to get rid of them. Alas, things are not quite that simple. Kling frustratingly continues:
“Some Basic Differences
For the Democrats in 2006, and more importantly in 2008, I would like to point out that there are some fundamental differences between America and its radical Muslim adversaries. You will forget these differences at your -- and our -- peril.
1 Many people have fled radical Muslim regimes to live in the U.S. Hardly anyone has fled the U.S. to live under radical Muslim regimes.
2 In the United States, women are allowed to choose whether or not to where modest clothing. Radical Muslims deny them that right, as well as others.
3 Americans who abuse enemy prisoners cower in shame and are prosecuted. Radical Muslims celebrate war crimes, proudly display photos and videos of war crimes, and honor the criminals.
4 More Iraqis would like to see the terrorists give up tomorrow than see the Americans leave tomorrow. (If there is any doubt about that, we can put the issue up for a vote in Iraq.)
5 Americans see negotiations as a way to resolve differences. Radical Muslims see negotiations as a sign of weakness.
6 When Muslims come to live in America, we provide them with safety, tolerance, and equal rights. Jews and Christians do not enjoy equal rights -- or even safety -- inside countries run by radical Muslim regimes.
7 The American military is trained to try to minimize civilian casualties. For radical Muslims, civilian casualties are a measure of success.
8 Americans go to war reluctantly, when other means fail. Radical Muslims accept cease-fires reluctantly, when other means fail.
9 Americans desire the approval and support of the European people. Radical Muslims desire the intimidation and submission of the European people.
10 If radical Muslims would renounce violence, then we would not disturb them. If we renounce violence, then we will be conquered and brutalized.
Sooner or later, a party that wants to govern in the modern era has to pay attention to the real enemy.”
It seems that Arnold Kling, after all, may have to vote for Republican candidates. The GOP is essentially the only game in town. It takes the war on terror seriously. The Democrats, on the other hand, apparently believe that the Islamic nihilists pose little threat to our lives and liberty.
(hat tip: Instapundit) http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=051206A
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