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I honestly have no idea what are you talking about other than complaining? If you review past Presidents with their popularity there will be a corrolation of how good or bad we are viewed. What does that have to do with hero worship?
"Bush was pretty explicite."
First of all he was not that explicit about anything - ever. Second my comment had to do with the ability to communicate and persuade people. Bush has never had the ability to communicate effectively to anyone (except maybe you).
"that it will grow into something other than dissension and that whatever it grows into will be effective in making a real change in the system."
This is a remake of the '60s. The minute the U.S. cut out of Vietnam the so called "movement" vanished into thin air.
First how do you define "the system?" And then what do you consider "real change in the system?"
"Similar comments about the insipid freedom of speech concepts - they sound so much like the Bushite line about how they hate us for...etc."
To quote one of the cavemen in the GEICO commercial, "What?"
And if I am complaining, so what? Is there some bylaw that I violated?
But I wasn't. I was making a statement. But if you want to get into the issue, let's. Because it is not only an indicator of the culture's banal immaturity, but the correlation argument (american's feeling about their president=the rest of the world's feeling about america) is dead wrong.
Bush was viewed rather highly when he took the mandate for war. If I remember, nearly or over 80% of the country thought he and Biggus Dickus Cheney were the swellest guys around. The American media couldn't slobber more about how the big american war machine was going the be the ultimate emollient for easing the insertion of democracy into the never been democratized towelheads, uh, excuse me, unmodernized religious zealots.
Yet, I was in China when their Sec State said that they weren't going to go along with that. I talked to people in 4 cities who were very confused as to why the country that they had at one time looked up to was going more and more crazy. I was in Germany when they and the Russians met with Chirac to say that the line was going to be drawn in the UN. The citizens of all three countries were holding the US in pretty low regard by then. They had long thought Bush was the wrong person for the job and wondered how the US voter didn't see it. By then they thought that the people were dead gone crazy for wanting to get into that war. (I don't remember if that was before or after Powell humiliated himself in the UN.)
I was doing a lot of work in Italy then and I know that it was not the same as in England. The people in England were being pummeled with BS'd and FUD'd into believing that they were going to be attacked any and everyday lest they go to war in a big way. The Italians were being pummeled by Burlesconi's press, but they were adamant about how banal their government was lapdogging the US.
Bottom line is that the premise is wrong. The American's view of their president has little to do with how the rest of the world sees him or them.
As far as Bush being a transparent tool of big business, you only need look at the history of who put money into his campaign and the history of how the media played the game. Just because you didn't know about it doesn't mean that Jack Welch didn't know about it. His statements to his employees about how the press he controlled (NBC, MSNBC, among others) and the people he swayed (famously Disney/ABC) were to treat the election are well documented.
The energy companies knew, the drug companies knew. They were well rewarded for their largess in getting him elected as well, first with cabinet slots and then with sweet juicy war contracts.
The rest of your remarks just prove the point that I was making. Unless your speech is able to get above the noise and then actually able the gain the attention of enough politicians who are not paid off, what is the use in calling it free speech?
Interesting that you among all people would be quoting an insurance company commercial. Notwithstanding, my allusion was meant to point out that your comments sound a lot like Bushes when he says that they hate us for our freedoms.
Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.
Frank Delaney ~ Ireland
Regarding "hero worship" that goes on with politicians, entertainers and sports figures. But with the U.S. Americans want to believe in their President and place them on a level of royalty, since we don't have it. I'm not sure where the idea of the American President being called "leader of the free world" came from but it placed American Presidents on a level the founders of this country never intended. It implies imperialism and national building - both were never considered by the country's founders.
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