Bawer is the anti Steyn in his approach to the mess in Europe. In chapter two he points out the immaturity of Europeans and their irrelevance. It seems as Europeans become more irrelevant they become more belicose.
The truth is most Americans do not care what Europeans think about America. The sole exception is the bird brained Duck who feigns Marx while aping and aspiring so called European enlightenment.
A typical misunderstanding of Americans was the idiotic letter writing campaign of the Guardian to Ohio voters. Rather than persuade Americans it back fired, it would seem the far left types of Europe seldom move beyond NYC or San Fransisco. As a NYC native we are used to tourists and are friendlier than advertised. Most of us will ignore your oafish need to lecture us about our internal affairs unless you get to shrill. Enjoy your stay spend lots of cash and go home.
It would seem those that like to lecture the USA about intervening in local matters seem to all be experts on local US politics. I have reminded many a Euro we do not elect your leaders and frankly we do not care. However, the belicose rhetoric does take its toll over time. India was a loathed country largely due to the big mouth of
Indira Ghandi. Her son broke with her lifetime idiocy and now India is very much respected.
Bawer compares European Socialists to little children that need to be spanked. The US
largess has allowed Europeans to create a huge welfare state. The US taxpayer has subsidized this by paying to defend Europe durring the Cold War. The Euros created a quasi socialist state with confiscatory taxation and endless regulations on business.
The chattering classes were all infantile Marxists and they created a monoculture.
There is far more intellectual and media diversity in the USA than in Europe.
Bawer starts with a mindless staple of the far left response to anti-semitism in Europe. He recounts several stories of Muslims harassing Jews and the Socialist left
blaming it on the policies of Israel. The far left also like to hype imaginary numbers of hate crimes against Muslims. According to the FBI statistics in the USA 2004 there were over for times as many hate crimes against Jews and Gays than those against Muslims.
The Duck seems to miss this point regularly. One does not see outraged Randoids blowing up Mosques. However, one does read about Muslims throwing grenades in the tent of their fellow soldiers. One does read of Muslims shooting pregnant women in Jewish offices in Seattle or having target practice in El Al ticket lines in LA. The mindlessness of the Duck is that inspite of adnausem acts of genuine violence by Islamonazis he is worried about dolts like MZ. The reality is one has to go way back to Baruch Goldstein to find an example of Jews who perpetrate mindless violence.
Many of us were disappointed in Steyn. Bawer delivers where Steyn failed in America alone. Bawer tells us of his life in Europe as a gay American. He paints a vivid picture of Socialist infantilism and a Euro fatalism. One can see this in some of the mindless commenters on Sonia's blog who compare Bush unfavorably to Castro.
I want to point out there are leftists like Jams who come from a coherent position of idealism. This is opposed to the Duck who is reflexive in his anti-Americanism
and anti-Semitism that is often little more than a cliche. The use of the term " Shoah pimp" or describing Condi Rice as " Aunt Jemimah " is out of the question for someone like Jams whose ideals are from the heart.
There is a difference between left and left behind. Many of those like Ducky and the shrill Euroleft are left behind as relics of the cult of Communism. They grow increasingly belicose as their discredited arguments fade into the ashbin of history.
Beamish in 08.
Mr Beamish has hired a media expert for his Presidential run in 08. Bert will be providing his expert opinion on media matters and web strategy for team Beamish.