Still Pissed Off About the Hawley-Smoot Tariff

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Golly. A Non-American Disses Bush. Huh

Story here, via Drudge.

"OTTAWA - Renegade Liberal MP Carolyn Parrish has once again enraged members of the opposition and her own caucus after tossing a George W. Bush doll on the floor and grinding it under her heel on a satirical television show."

I'm basically innoculated against anti-Americanism at this point, hence the ho-hum headline I've given the story. It seems like such stories are a dime a dozen. In this week's Dicta, a student tells the tale of vacationing in Southeast Asia and being constantly approached by Europeans giving unsolicited opinions of our President. My initial reaction was to think, "What have these foreign countries accomplished in the last sixty years?"

It was intended as a hypothetical question, but I really should ask it with a straight face, because I honestly don't know, and I honestly think the answer is something better than "nothing." So now I plan on tracking down people from nations other than the U.S. and asking that question, in as respectful and open-minded manner as possible. I would appreciate any comments on the topic from my readers.

Let me start by asking the question to myself, as a template of what I'm looking for:

1. Because we outspent the Soviet military, we ended the Cold War - and socialism in eastern Europe - without a shot being fired.

2. Created the internet, now enjoyed by virtually every nation on earth (as well as the computers and software that are the basis of the internet).

3. Pioneered human heart transplant operations.

4. Put a man on the moon.

5. Removed from power the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, and 25 million Afghans had the right to vote for the first time in human history. Iraq will follow suit in January.

That's a good start. Anyone care to add anything?