Rewriting Ronan’s List

First, Ronan, you say that it “alludes” you, when in fact I mean that it “eludes” you. Just trying to help out here.

More substantively, the differences you cite in your policy list really do seem to be a divide that separates the Euros from the Americans and (it appears) the Aussies and even many Brits. Maybe it would be helpful for me to simply recast each of your imperatives through the lens of red-blooded red-staters:

– Not waiting (like Chamberlain) for insane tyrants (like Hitler) to bring war to you on their terms, recognizing that the unambiguous threat is often only recognized after the gun is smoking and the victim is prone.

– Creating an ownership society in which people are empowered to save and invest, rather than to grovel and seek handouts from politicians, recognizing that the welfare/30 hour week/10 week vaction mindset of the euros is damning them to lower standard of living as the US GDP continues to outstrip them.

– Recognize that health care is a commodity, and will be rationed either by price or by availability, and realize that there is much to be learned by the fact that the best Candadian doctors come South across the border, while the sickest Americans try to go North. Eventually, that paradox will bite.

– Recognize that bureaucrats with ideological agendas are the last people who should be educating children, and therefore empower local school boards to fire lousy teachers, eliminate useless bureacracy, and yes, even allow parents vouchers to choose which schools their children attend.

– Recognize that the world that brought you the oil for food scandal and the blind eye on Sudan is neither really your friend nor morally superior. Find friends where they are, and reward them for their loyalty, and let the rest of the spineless Quislings stamp their feet in futility.

– Increasing Third World Aid, with an eye to spreading democratic and capitalistic values that have the hope of long term success, rather than pooring money into cesspools of failure.

– Looking after the environment, recognizing that the richer a country is the more it can look after the environment. No one who is mainly concerned with infant dysentary can afford to worry about global warming. And no one without a growing economy can deal with either.

– Taking criminals off the street


  1. AHEM: The above post, I should note, was written by my brother Eric. Who, I suspect, will shortly be doubling the Schulzke presence on this board.


  2. Are you criticising my English you Yank peasant?

    – Hussein was an insane tyrant but he was not “bringing war to us”.
    – Which Europe have you lived in? Sure, there are probably more rich people per capita in the US, but I would rather be poor in the EU than poor in America. Our standard of living is just fine, ta.
    – It think you meant “Canadian” not “Candadian”. Or is that a new country? (Would an American even know?)
    – So the school system has nothing to do with money. Funny, the same school board oversees some great schools in Baltimore (rich areas) and some crappy ones (poor areas). Must be a coincidence.
    – You say America rewards its friends. Please tell me what the UK gets out of being America’s pet.
    – We only spread democratic ideals where it helps us. Or why is Sudan not on the agenda?
    – America is very rich. So we should expect to see Bush being an environmentalist anytime soon, then. Cool.
    – Baltimore’s annual murder count (with aggressive, armed police):300. The UK’s (with passive, unarmed police):50.
    Anyway, I’m supposed to be working. Stop distracting me.


  3. As of 1999 the United Kingdom was:
    *second to only to South Africa (among 24 industrialized nations studied) in violent crimes committed per 1,000 people–including rape, armed robbery, and homicides. The US was 12th in this category.
    *far worse than the US in domestic burglary and car theft
    *and third in the world in total crime (the US was 17th).

    That’s a nice record. In the five years since violent crime has got even worse in the UK (leading to special parliamentary panels in the last two years) and been measurably reduced in the US.

    Could it have anything to do with the facts that (a) your policemen are about as equipped to deal with serious crime as a playground custodian and (b) that no would-be violent criminal in the UK ever has to worry about any of his victims responding with lethal force?

    I’ll get to the rest of your misleading statements later.


  4. One more comment–if the question is “how safe do citizens feel” and “what impact is crime likely to have on our society”, the overall index of VIOLENT crime is a far more important indicator than straight homicides.

    Again, the UK is fighting for the top spot with none other than South Africa. You all must be very proud. Meanwhile, we Americans trail Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada (three cheers for the Commonwealth!), Sweden, Austria, Belgium, and even Luxembourg. That’s very nearly the pantheon of enlightened societies, is it not? But somehow the heat-packing Americans can live in less fear of violent crime than any of them. Baffling, no?


  5. Yes, the UK has a crime problem. But I would take being beaten up over being shot dead any day. Of course, I would prefer neither. Everyone knows the US has a dreadful homicide problem. Don’t duck that one.


  6. Does the EU economy suck? Apparently. (See below.) Is the US economy kicking butt? Comparatively. I would much rather be poor in the US than poor in the EU. Here we have mobility and opportunity. Even trailer trash like Bill Clinton can become president!

    EU bid to catch US economy ‘a big failure’: Prodi
    Economy News
    – LONDON (AFP) via Monday October 25, 2004

    AFP/FileEurope’s efforts to catch up to and then outpace the US economy have been “a big failure,” the outgoing head of the European Union executive commission, Romano Prodi, told the Financial Times in an interview.

    “You can’t have unanimity in all economic areas, or if you do, you must accept the failure of Lisbon,” said Prodi, president of the European Commission.

    EU leaders pledged at the Lisbon summit in 2000 to increase economic growth in a bid to compete with the US economy.

    “Lisbon is a big failure,” Prodi said.

    He said the requirement of a unanimous vote by all member states was responsible for paralyzing critical reform in the 25-nation bloc.

    The Financial Times added that an upcoming report on the EU’s economic reforms, prepared by former Dutch prime minister Wim Kok, would slam the bloc for a lack of political will and warn that it risks becoming “a synonym for missed objectives and failed promises.”

    Prodi is due to step down and return to Italian politics. His designated successor is former Portuguese premier Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, whose 24-strong team of commissioners will be voted on Wednesday in Strasbourg.


  7. i would like to remark that some of the comments that have been made by our american cousins reasure me that, yes americans are as dumb as they are made out to be  

    <><><><>Posted by<><> <><>Paddy and Max


  8. sorry i forgot to ask stuart and his fellow americans to please get out of their bubble they live in and step into the real world. God Save The Queen 

    <><><><>Posted by<><> <><>Paddy and Max


  9. As a possible member of the Fellow Americans (band name?), I would like to point out that all Americans are not as dumb as it would appear from postings on this site. Also, on your behalf, I would like to point out that experience has demonstrated that all Europeans are not elitist jerks. Isn’t it nice to know that we all have an equal share of pinheads?

    Apologies to Ronan. 

    <><><><>Posted by<><> <><>< HREF="">John Crawford<>


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