I am not an American

Dave Winer wrote a post about not being a liberal.

I’m going further than Dave. I’m not an American.

I believe that those who have a different idea than I do are not only American but have a right to have a different idea than I do because of our Constitution. But what do I know, I’m not an American.
I believe that SOME wealth should be redistributed from rich people to other places to improve our society. Like paying for schools, building roads, or even helping all people get access to health care. To me that seems fair because it’s our system that enabled people to build wealth. I’m not an American.
I believe that science, technology, and education should win over religion. I’m not an American.
I believe that government should treat everyone the same, no matter who we sleep with or what our gender is or what the color of our skin. Or even what religion we are. I’m not an American.
I believe that informed citizens should vote for candidates not whether they are pro or anti-Abortion, but whether they actually are smart and whether they have enough life experiences to do the job well. I’m not an American.
When I married I married a Muslim woman. I’m not an American.
Even worse, I converted to Islam so that we could be married in an Islamic ceremony. I’m not an American.
My mom was born in Germany. We all know how much terror THEY brought on the world over the past 100 years. I’m not an American.
I believe that we should use our weapons of war far more carefully than we’ve used them in the past eight years. I’m not an American.
I believe that community organizers are cool. I’m not an American.
I believe that government should regulate industry to keep it from getting overheated, er, greedy and rapacious. I’m not an American.
I believe that anyone who watches, and worse, believes ONLY Rush Limbaugh or FOX on one side OR ONLY super-liberal media (DailyKos) on the other side isn’t an informed citizen. I’m not an American.
I believe that our borders should be more open to new immigrants because most of the people who I know had parents or grandparents who came from somewhere else and we’ve done just fine. I’m not an American.
I believe in stem cell research because those jobs will build more value than Joe the Plumber will bring to all of our lives. I’m not an American.
I believe that one R&D worker creates more jobs than one plumber does (and I note that a lot of the best researchers aren’t from the USA, even those I’ve met in Redmond or Silicon Valley). I’m not an American.
I believe that nuclear power is better than coal power. I’m not an American.
I believe that “socialist” is not an epithet (after all, President Bush nationalized our banking system) but is an economic system. When I visit Europe they seem to be doing pretty well. Speaking of which, those “socialists” have better public transportation, are now paying German homeowners to put solar panels on their houses, and have health care for every citizen. Yes, they have problems too, but hey, seems we could learn a bit from socialists. But what do I know, I’m not an American.
I believe that drilling for more oil is not a good answer to our energy problems. I’m not an American.
I believe in strong government action to keep our economy from crashing and burning. I’m not an American.

I could keep going on why I’m not an American, but you get the idea. It’s enough to make me want to move to Australia. Maybe they have the right idea! :-)

Oh, and who is this Colin Powell dude? He doesn’t sound like an American either.

Just my thoughts after hanging out with lots of non-Americans this past week in Greensboro, North Carolina. You can tell them, can’t you? They wear Obama buttons and have Obama stickers on their cars.

I really am tired of all this stuff, aren’t you?

542 thoughts on “I am not an American

  1. I am not an American either but I do live here, I do think that investing outside of america and the dollar right now is prudent as they are printing money so fast it is devaluing and will soon end up like the Lira….

  2. I am not an American either but I do live here, I do think that investing outside of america and the dollar right now is prudent as they are printing money so fast it is devaluing and will soon end up like the Lira….

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  5. If you get an electric car, where will the electricity come from? Or what will fuel the equipment that makes the car? What kind of industrial, petrochemicals will be necessary in order to produce the batteries? How much will those batteries weigh in proportion to their power output, ie, how efficient will they be?

  6. If you get an electric car, where will the electricity come from? Or what will fuel the equipment that makes the car? What kind of industrial, petrochemicals will be necessary in order to produce the batteries? How much will those batteries weigh in proportion to their power output, ie, how efficient will they be?

  7. Oi! where has everybody gone?
    Thats funny, as soon as I have a rant everyone disappears.
    Anyway what are the car companies up to.
    They want oodles of taxpayers money to build more
    petrol cars. Well Gm built and leased electric cars and after
    a few years recalled and trashed them.
    I’m resolved not to buy another car unless it’s electric.
    I’ll keep repairing my bomb in protest.

  8. Oi! where has everybody gone?
    Thats funny, as soon as I have a rant everyone disappears.
    Anyway what are the car companies up to.
    They want oodles of taxpayers money to build more
    petrol cars. Well Gm built and leased electric cars and after
    a few years recalled and trashed them.
    I’m resolved not to buy another car unless it’s electric.
    I’ll keep repairing my bomb in protest.

  9. Oh my god, you’re guys’ ignorance is astounding!

    “Socialized” goods you are hereby not allowed to use, lest ye be hypocrites:

    Schools, universities, government research (back to 1850 with ya!), the postal service, water, national defense agencies, ROADS, virtually any good or service contingent to the use of public infrastructure … see, I can go on all day. You’re not against formal socialism, you’re against the social contract, which was only THE founding principle of our country. I get it though, screw the constitution–ME, ME, ME, every pseudo-capitalist individualist for himself!

    And oh, whoops! It’s not like your own party expanded government to its largest measure under “keeping government small” principles, socializing a $10,000,000,000/mo. war, socializing tax breaks for conservative “faith-based” groups, socializing tax breaks for the wealthy, socializing corporate rights to go on a full assault against the environment…
    >>> socializing ignorance!

    And never mind the fact that formally “socialist” Scandinavian countries are some of the most stable and crime-free places in the world, simply because they don’t suppress the idea that constitutional rights to equality aren’t just symbolic, but are economic in nature. Religion also has a striking position as a minority in those countries. Hm…interesting. Not like America, where religion walks lock-step with “conservative” principles toward dissolving the separation of church and state, toward the cause of being pro-war yet pro-life at the same time, toward abusing individual rights and equality of opportunity, and forcing their anti-pluralistic ignorance down everyone else’s throat. Plug your nose and swallow! As rats do ravin down their proper bane…

  10. Oh my god, you’re guys’ ignorance is astounding!

    “Socialized” goods you are hereby not allowed to use, lest ye be hypocrites:

    Schools, universities, government research (back to 1850 with ya!), the postal service, water, national defense agencies, ROADS, virtually any good or service contingent to the use of public infrastructure … see, I can go on all day. You’re not against formal socialism, you’re against the social contract, which was only THE founding principle of our country. I get it though, screw the constitution–ME, ME, ME, every pseudo-capitalist individualist for himself!

    And oh, whoops! It’s not like your own party expanded government to its largest measure under “keeping government small” principles, socializing a $10,000,000,000/mo. war, socializing tax breaks for conservative “faith-based” groups, socializing tax breaks for the wealthy, socializing corporate rights to go on a full assault against the environment…
    >>> socializing ignorance!

    And never mind the fact that formally “socialist” Scandinavian countries are some of the most stable and crime-free places in the world, simply because they don’t suppress the idea that constitutional rights to equality aren’t just symbolic, but are economic in nature. Religion also has a striking position as a minority in those countries. Hm…interesting. Not like America, where religion walks lock-step with “conservative” principles toward dissolving the separation of church and state, toward the cause of being pro-war yet pro-life at the same time, toward abusing individual rights and equality of opportunity, and forcing their anti-pluralistic ignorance down everyone else’s throat. Plug your nose and swallow! As rats do ravin down their proper bane…

  11. “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
    – Sir Winston Churchill

    (do you see yourself in that quote?)

  12. “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
    – Sir Winston Churchill

    (do you see yourself in that quote?)

  13. To those that have bashed America:

    Then you pay back what you owe…There isn’t a nation on this planet that hasn’t been rescued, bailed out in time of need by the good old US. Maybe we should repossess Europe since guess who rebuilt that after WWII.

    The problem here is exactly that we think America should be a democratic society when in FACT we are a Representative Republic and rightfully so.

    Problem is we don’t hold our leaders accountable. No term limits for Congress. All that is required to vote is survive to 18 yrs old and be a US citizen…hmm not a very selective matter for choosing the future of a country and we have paid for that. Pay taxes then vote… then you have a skin in the game.

    Stand alone legislation no more pork. Let some of these other countries swim on their own without the billions handed out every year in economic aid. And we sure don’t really need any more toy arrows purchased with our tax dollars.

    Personally I’d like to see every incumbent voted out. A message. You are screwing this up and we won’t tolerate it any longer. $850B bail out with so much pork; length longer than our constitution. They should all be fired immediately. And how many of the folks that really got screwed got bailed out? Considering the $10M bonuses handed out with our tax dollars I’d say the bill was sure worth it.

    I wonder if Obama is going to redistribute his $600M to the masses that didn’t work for it too….seriously freaking doubt that.

    Bottom line is our wealth distribution should be: Work=Eat Don’t work = go find a church to donate some food to you because this aint Sherwood Forrest. I’m all for helping people; helping people help themselves.

  14. To those that have bashed America:

    Then you pay back what you owe…There isn’t a nation on this planet that hasn’t been rescued, bailed out in time of need by the good old US. Maybe we should repossess Europe since guess who rebuilt that after WWII.

    The problem here is exactly that we think America should be a democratic society when in FACT we are a Representative Republic and rightfully so.

    Problem is we don’t hold our leaders accountable. No term limits for Congress. All that is required to vote is survive to 18 yrs old and be a US citizen…hmm not a very selective matter for choosing the future of a country and we have paid for that. Pay taxes then vote… then you have a skin in the game.

    Stand alone legislation no more pork. Let some of these other countries swim on their own without the billions handed out every year in economic aid. And we sure don’t really need any more toy arrows purchased with our tax dollars.

    Personally I’d like to see every incumbent voted out. A message. You are screwing this up and we won’t tolerate it any longer. $850B bail out with so much pork; length longer than our constitution. They should all be fired immediately. And how many of the folks that really got screwed got bailed out? Considering the $10M bonuses handed out with our tax dollars I’d say the bill was sure worth it.

    I wonder if Obama is going to redistribute his $600M to the masses that didn’t work for it too….seriously freaking doubt that.

    Bottom line is our wealth distribution should be: Work=Eat Don’t work = go find a church to donate some food to you because this aint Sherwood Forrest. I’m all for helping people; helping people help themselves.

  15. Ah………. Nationalism
    The last refuge of the scoundrel!!
    This is an interesting post but no one is giving any answers to the problems of the bit of dirt you lot live on.
    You have an unfair voting system. Your government is hand in glove with the oil companies and china to prevent europe acting on climate change to the detriment of all of us on the planet.(including the bit you live on)
    Your politicians spend all their time prostituting themselves raising money from business to get themselves re-elected. Your presidential nominees are bookends of the same political party. The millions raised to get elected could be spent on solar power owned by the taxpayer for the benefit of all. That’s socialism. Everybody has a gun I suppose this makes you all feel like one tough cowboy. GET A LIFE!!
    What America needs is a second political party preferably to the left or are you all scared?
    I know! come and live in Australia and have fun!
    Oh yes and apologise to the black citizens for what your ancestors did to them , you know -SLAVERY

  16. Ah………. Nationalism
    The last refuge of the scoundrel!!
    This is an interesting post but no one is giving any answers to the problems of the bit of dirt you lot live on.
    You have an unfair voting system. Your government is hand in glove with the oil companies and china to prevent europe acting on climate change to the detriment of all of us on the planet.(including the bit you live on)
    Your politicians spend all their time prostituting themselves raising money from business to get themselves re-elected. Your presidential nominees are bookends of the same political party. The millions raised to get elected could be spent on solar power owned by the taxpayer for the benefit of all. That’s socialism. Everybody has a gun I suppose this makes you all feel like one tough cowboy. GET A LIFE!!
    What America needs is a second political party preferably to the left or are you all scared?
    I know! come and live in Australia and have fun!
    Oh yes and apologise to the black citizens for what your ancestors did to them , you know -SLAVERY

  17. Ah………. Nationalism
    The last refuge of the scoundrel!!
    This is an interesting post but no one is giving any answers to the problems of the bit of dirt you lot live on.
    You have an unfair voting system. Your government is hand in glove with the oil companies and china to prevent europe acting on climate change to the detriment of all of us on the planet.(including the bit you live on)
    Your politicians spend all their time prostituting themselves raising money from business to get themselves re-elected. Your presidential nominees are bookends of the same political party. The millions raised to get elected could be spent on solar power owned by the taxpayer for the benefit of all. That’s socialism. Everybody has a gun I suppose this makes you all feel like one tough cowboy. GET A LIFE!!
    What America needs is a second political party preferably to the left or are you all scared?
    I know! come and live in Australia and have fun!

  18. Ah………. Nationalism
    The last refuge of the scoundrel!!
    This is an interesting post but no one is giving any answers to the problems of the bit of dirt you lot live on.
    You have an unfair voting system. Your government is hand in glove with the oil companies and china to prevent europe acting on climate change to the detriment of all of us on the planet.(including the bit you live on)
    Your politicians spend all their time prostituting themselves raising money from business to get themselves re-elected. Your presidential nominees are bookends of the same political party. The millions raised to get elected could be spent on solar power owned by the taxpayer for the benefit of all. That’s socialism. Everybody has a gun I suppose this makes you all feel like one tough cowboy. GET A LIFE!!
    What America needs is a second political party preferably to the left or are you all scared?
    I know! come and live in Australia and have fun!

  19. Good grief… I mean I live in a nation of dumbed down zombies… the things that we need to do are laid out clearly before us. So you think Obama is the solution to our problems eh? Or maybe you think McCain is. I can’t find anyone who has done a measly week’s worth of of studying either man’s background. No one knows crap about history. Allow me to take you back. Woodrow Wilson said on his departing address, that this country had, through him, become controlled by a banking elite. Eisenhower warned of the of the military industrial complex… you know, the guys who keep pushing us into wars so they can sell weapons systems. People have been at their stupidest when it comes to John Kennedy. Here’s a guy who vowed to do away with the CIA… Remember the CIA? The people who control 95% of worldwide drug trafficking? He also wanted to abolish the Federal Reserve. He also was opposed to becoming involved in Vietnam.. hint hint… military-industrial complex ring a bell here??? I’m sorry but all I’ve done is casual research and I know about these things. This is nothing brilliant, nothing profound here… just basic research. My verdict is that Americans are too stupid to live in a free society and now that it’s being taken away from them they’re too dumb to realize what they’re losing. Sco’ , all you do is address the superficial… blah blah blah blah blah… glad you’re so impressed with yourself… I’m not.

  20. Good grief… I mean I live in a nation of dumbed down zombies… the things that we need to do are laid out clearly before us. So you think Obama is the solution to our problems eh? Or maybe you think McCain is. I can’t find anyone who has done a measly week’s worth of of studying either man’s background. No one knows crap about history. Allow me to take you back. Woodrow Wilson said on his departing address, that this country had, through him, become controlled by a banking elite. Eisenhower warned of the of the military industrial complex… you know, the guys who keep pushing us into wars so they can sell weapons systems. People have been at their stupidest when it comes to John Kennedy. Here’s a guy who vowed to do away with the CIA… Remember the CIA? The people who control 95% of worldwide drug trafficking? He also wanted to abolish the Federal Reserve. He also was opposed to becoming involved in Vietnam.. hint hint… military-industrial complex ring a bell here??? I’m sorry but all I’ve done is casual research and I know about these things. This is nothing brilliant, nothing profound here… just basic research. My verdict is that Americans are too stupid to live in a free society and now that it’s being taken away from them they’re too dumb to realize what they’re losing. Sco’ , all you do is address the superficial… blah blah blah blah blah… glad you’re so impressed with yourself… I’m not.

  21. I am like voting for Obama because he’s like nice and he’s like giving hope to the world and I like like that.

  22. I am like voting for Obama because he’s like nice and he’s like giving hope to the world and I like like that.

  23. If this post reflects the thinking of every liberal then I fear for the future of our country. The libs spend more time lynching Joe the Plumber than they ever did vetting Barry. It’s very simple. This issue is not Joe’s background.The issue is that Barry showed his true colors as a Marxist with his response. But, yes, pay no attention behind that curtain.

    I have a challenge for you, Scoble. But I doubt will agree to it, or could pull it off if you tried. I don’t think any lib could. But, here goes:

    Please take every promise and/or proposal that Barry and McCain have made during this campaign and match it with an Article or Amendment in the Constitution that gives them, or Congress the power to implement it. NO WHERE in the Constitution does it grant the power to Congress to rob from the rich and give to the poor. Now, lest you go down some rathole you will be unable to climb out of, the General Welfare does not cover any of the proposals Barry has made. So, don’t bother. Ready? GO!!!

    Yea, I didn’t think you could. Frustrating document that Constitution, huh? The Founding Fathers knew that left unchecked, the Federal Govt. would gravitate to Socialism. Thank God for their foresight and thus ensuring a Limited Government. (I do hope that is not an unknown concept to you)

    Barry would do well to study the words of Churchill

    “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. ~ Winston Churchill

  24. If this post reflects the thinking of every liberal then I fear for the future of our country. The libs spend more time lynching Joe the Plumber than they ever did vetting Barry. It’s very simple. This issue is not Joe’s background.The issue is that Barry showed his true colors as a Marxist with his response. But, yes, pay no attention behind that curtain.

    I have a challenge for you, Scoble. But I doubt will agree to it, or could pull it off if you tried. I don’t think any lib could. But, here goes:

    Please take every promise and/or proposal that Barry and McCain have made during this campaign and match it with an Article or Amendment in the Constitution that gives them, or Congress the power to implement it. NO WHERE in the Constitution does it grant the power to Congress to rob from the rich and give to the poor. Now, lest you go down some rathole you will be unable to climb out of, the General Welfare does not cover any of the proposals Barry has made. So, don’t bother. Ready? GO!!!

    Yea, I didn’t think you could. Frustrating document that Constitution, huh? The Founding Fathers knew that left unchecked, the Federal Govt. would gravitate to Socialism. Thank God for their foresight and thus ensuring a Limited Government. (I do hope that is not an unknown concept to you)

    Barry would do well to study the words of Churchill

    “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. ~ Winston Churchill

  25. Bruno, you are mixed up! Besides Scoby’s tongue in cheek monologue, the ONLY folks spewing the words: anti-American, unAmerican or even Pro-American are Republicans AND McCain supporters.
    I suppose the diversity of the Democratic party gives us the understanding that people don’t have to look alike, smell alike, think alike or worship alike in order to be Americans. True Americans believe in each other!

  26. Bruno, you are mixed up! Besides Scoby’s tongue in cheek monologue, the ONLY folks spewing the words: anti-American, unAmerican or even Pro-American are Republicans AND McCain supporters.
    I suppose the diversity of the Democratic party gives us the understanding that people don’t have to look alike, smell alike, think alike or worship alike in order to be Americans. True Americans believe in each other!

  27. In response to your last statement …

    Just my thoughts after hanging out with lots of non-Americans this past week in Greensboro, North Carolina. You can tell them, can’t you? They wear Obama buttons and have Obama stickers on their cars.

    You’re clearly implying that anyone support McCain is un-American. This is the kind of claims that Obama supporters whine is spewed against them by the right. More hypocritical bullshit which is not that much different from all the race-baiting by the Obama campaign – when they’re the only ones bringing up race!

  28. In response to your last statement …

    Just my thoughts after hanging out with lots of non-Americans this past week in Greensboro, North Carolina. You can tell them, can’t you? They wear Obama buttons and have Obama stickers on their cars.

    You’re clearly implying that anyone support McCain is un-American. This is the kind of claims that Obama supporters whine is spewed against them by the right. More hypocritical bullshit which is not that much different from all the race-baiting by the Obama campaign – when they’re the only ones bringing up race!

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