I am not holding my breath awaiting an Israeli attack on the Iranian nuclear sites. I think Israel will not bomb them without having first disposed of the threat of Hezbollah on its norther frontier and cowed Hamas right next door.
US domestic culture wars: American Libertarians and conservatives are taxing 30-year old law student Sandra Fluke with hypocrisy because she presumable does not want the government to interfere with her right to abortion but she wants someone other than herself to pay for her contraception expenses. I may be old-fashioned but I, personally, would look to her partner or partner to share the costs. When you are poor, your rely on pot-luck dinners.
Some of us are guessing that ultimately, Ms Fluke thinks the government must pay for her expenses although she did not say that in her testimony. I have already expressed myself on this. (https://factsmatter.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/contraception-and-perversions-dr-ds-brutal-reminders/) . Personally, I am willing to pay for ms Fluke’s entertainment but I admit that my position is unprincipled.
I suspect our expressions of anger about this assumption of government mandate are all in vain. It’s just a suspicion. Ms Fluke belongs to a generation of Americans that has only known government care, that only thinks of the state as a nanny. We who generally believe things should be otherwise have been impressively unsuccessful. We have not been able to promote the following simple idea: The government does not have any money but what it takes from some people or from all people. This simple idea has no traction among many people I know well. They treat it as propaganda without even trying to counter it with: “Yes, but….” I speculate (again, only speculate) that they feel no need to even think about this simple truth because they believe that somewhere, there are many rich people who are not paying their” fair share,” people who could be made to disgorge if only a little energy were applied. We have been mostly successful at transmitting our skepticism about government but not in this particular respect. We have bred cynicism without a will for reform.
One of my recent readers is surprised that I “bash” Congressman Ron Paul who is competing in the official Republican primary. I have explained my opposition to Congressman Paul several times in extensive essays. (To find them, simply search this blog for titles with the words: “Ron Paul.”) One reason is that I think he is not a Republican all, that he is merely using the Republican Party to serve his nefarious purposes. I suspect that when the time comes, he will give the election to President Obama. Some of his supporters are saying it openly. Many, (I don’t know how many) openly and radically despise democracy. Here is something on the moderate side of Ronpaulism I caught on Facebook on 3/9/12. It’s reproduced exactly.
(I don’t know about the underscore. I don’t know how to remove it. It has no meaning.)
Taken off Facebook circa3/10/12
“If two thugs came up to my door and told me, “One of us is going to beat, rape and rob you. But you have to vote for the one you want to do that”, and I said no, and one of them beat, raped and robbed me anyway, you wouldn’t tell me I had no right to complain about it “because you didn’t vote.” So why do you think I should vote for one of these idiots running and re-running for president? And that I can’t complain if I don’t? If a miracle occurs and Paul gets the nod, I will vote for president. Otherwise, fuggetaboudit.”
Word Press, the outfit that published my blog, recently added a feature that I like a lot: It tells you with a map about readers in different countries. Or rather, it tells you about people in different countries who open specific postings. It’s annoying that one does not ever know how many of those actually read. I wish there were a way to give them a quiz or something!
While most of my putative readers are in the US, as expected, my blog is read pretty much around the clock. I have readers in Hong-Kong, Australia, Japan, and Bangladesh. (I am pretty sure I know one reader in Japan and one in Australia but I have several readers in both countries.) I would be pleased if readers outside the US told me something of themselves. They would not have to identify themselves, of course. Writing is a lonely art. Knowing anything about readers is astonishingly pleasing and encouraging.