If I may propose an even darker view, then here’s mine: “Those businessmen have made our values, our livelihoods, our identities meaningless. We can’t survive under them, so we must destroy everything they built… permanently.”. “Retribution through redistribution” could be nightmarishly effective to use as a slogan, if we’re thinking even further. Call it the logical depth or conclusion to the activities of Barack Obama’s supporters, and depending on how strident those activists become, they could overwhelm even the President himself, as well as, say, Vice-President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and any of their other associates inside Washington, D.C., as Inauguration Day 2013 approaches… and then leaves our memory. All we’ll have to do at this point is continue measuring the American people’s attitudes, and it looks like Gallup will have done just that.:
Gallup: Frank Newport: Democrats, Republicans Diverge on Capitalism, Federal Gov’t
Small business and entrepreneurs appear to be the main consensus between Democrats and Republicans, but the differences on big business and socialism are much sharper. Interestingly, Americans as a whole think more positively about the last two terms, while moderates are just about split on rating the federal government itself.:
• 94% of Republicans or Republican-leaning voters and 88% of Democrats or Democratic-leaning voters having a positive image of free enterprise
• 72% of Republicans of Republican-leaning voters and 55% of Democrats or Democratic-leaning voters having a positive image of capitalism
• 49% of Americans rating big business positively in January 2010 vs. 58% rating it positively in November 2012
• 39% of Americans rating socialism positively vs. 54% rating it negatively
• 32% of conservatives, 52% of moderates, and 75% of liberals rating the federal government positively
“Practically, these data suggest that politicians seeking the most positive overall reaction from voters should choose to use the term "free enterprise" rather than "capitalism" in describing America's prevailing economic system and preface mentions of the word "business" with the adjective "small."”, concludes Gallup, and I don’t have a problem with such vocabulary. Money and weapons for international jihadists, on the other hand, could be an entirely different story.:
New York Times: U.S.-Approved Weapons Transfer Ended Up with Libyan Jihadis
Daily Telegraph: William Hague: Britain has evidence that Assad preparing chemical weapons for use in Syria
Call it the most realistic conclusion conceivable: the country that owns Al-Jazeera and hosts Yusuf Qaradawi as the all-important link between the Obama administration and jihadists in both Libya and Syria. “The Obama administration did not initially raise objections when Qatar began shipping arms to opposition groups in Syria, even if it did not offer encouragement” to either Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani or his subordinates to get the weapons flow up and running. If sending those weapons to Syria wasn’t enough, then some might have also gotten sent to… Mali. The weapons were designed in France or Russia, but American officials had to alert nearby North Atlantic Treaty Organization air and naval forces to avoid interdicting the cargo planes and ships with the weapons aboard. As for Syria, well, all that Bashar Al-Assad needs is to think that those weapons of mass destruction of his are in danger of imminent capture by any Sunni supremacists lurking nearby, and once that happens, we’ll know the rest. Fortunately, it seems that the Muslim Brotherhood and the Al-Nusra Front have been excluded from the new opposition group now up for global recognition, but it could be too late already. Like Iran, those jihadists believe that total collectivism through Sharia is their society’s only option for survival, and given the advancements worldwide, Muhammad Morsi, Abdelhakim Belhadj, and so on are not wrong at all, just evil and tragic.:
Fox News Channel: Egypt Panels Recommends Referendum Be Held on Time
Ahram: Morsi supporters and the opposition: Two different Egypts
The Egyptians have one more week before that referendum of theirs on that draft constitution, but since Morsi wants it shielded from any judicial challenge, his opponents are, perhaps to put it mildly, dissatisfied. There’s no consensus yet, according to some observers, and the Egyptian people don’t appear to have had much time to study the thing. The split probably doesn’t help matters any, and should the Muslim Brotherhood fail to consolidate its operations, the Salafis could step in, anyway, further endangering even the sheikhdoms along the Persian Gulf. I will blame no one here for starting to get the idea that Islam’s at a precipice.:
British Broadcasting Corporation: Social media brings change in Gulf despite efforts at control
Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has a new decree saying that citizens who use the Internet to “deride or damage” any institutions related to the United Arab Emirates, such as the seven emirates, “face up to three years in prison”, while foreigners may simply be deported. He issued the decree hours after admission of the UAE onto the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, and Emirati activists appear to have stopped freely broadcasting their views altogether. Throughout the rest of the Arabian Peninsula, though, ordinary people are finding their own ways to challenge the current system, thereby nudging free expression into Islam’s backyard. If spontaneity becomes a general rule in this country, as well, then Republicans in Michigan could be among those thinking ahead.:
Fox News Channel: Michigan Republicans Draw Union Ire with Sudden Votes on Right-to-Work Legislation
I would have to wonder how interesting the measure in question should be for the rest of the country, and Governor Rick Snyder definitely approves of it. Labor unions naturally argue that this legislation would allow workers to stay clear of union dues, and people in Wisconsin and Indiana should be watching closely, as should President Barack Obama and Senators Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz themselves. Maybe we political junkies here should start focusing on various names to recall in this overarching trend.
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