Only one inhibitor for me....November 8 2004 at 4:07 PM
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Response to "...the world's largest debtor nation."
There are posters here who have non partisan concerns...Unfortunately there always seems to be a huge stake in revealing those concerns in any more than a fractional measure of the general predicable topics which are: The Left is screwing up. Or, The Right is screwing up. Once in a while, as in earliest post election responses here, DA or HR might give a glimpse into what they feel are failings or short comings of those they support. I'm not singling out or asking more from either, merely presenting fresh examples of what I have long viewed as the long term inhibitor of us all; The tone everywhere around the country is that these reservations must dutifully be kept under wraps, lest one yield ground to those with differing partisan allegiances...So I don't stand above DA, HR, or posters here in this regard, but I do demand and insist upon the Moores, Steyns, and Wretchards...anyone assuming the mantle of public commentator...removing that inhibitor from their perspectives and points of view.
I don't feel a need to flesh out my concerns about the current administration in order to buttress criticisms from the the likes of D'Artagnon or smike, who presume I don't understand what's at stake. I'll admit it. I'm reflexively nationalistic when foreigners blame our nation's leaders, policies and political system for the world's troubles. The day Canadians decide to contribute half as much of their national treasure toward military spending as the US is the day I'll start seriously listening to their criticisms.
Now, rather than give you specific examples about what I find troubling about this administration, I'll give you an example of a company that I think "gets it", and you can extrapolate from there.
I'm an enthusiastic investor (and customer) of Whole Foods Market. Here's an organic food supermarket that successfully utilizes - rather than vilifies - market based economics to achieve "progressive" social and political goals. Unlike their larger counterparts, however, they aren't unionized. Quite frankly, I hope it never happens. I see Whole Foods as an agent of change on many fronts, all of them positive. They helped write federal legislation that created national labeling standards for organic and natural foods. All of their stores purchase electricity from "green" power companies. None of their processed foods contain hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup, two man made "poisons" now linked with juvenile diabetes, and found in just about all non-oragnic/non-natural processed foods. Finally, they've linked their financial performance to high management and ethical standards, which has translated well in the stock market. My initial investment two years ago has doubled. They truly walk the talk.
So how do you extrapolate my support of the War on Terror from this? Well, I think of it this way. No matter how backward or stupid some of our own leaders may seem to be in appealing to the larger electorate, the threat that Islamic fundamentalism poses to all of us in the "progressive" Western world is far more disturbing than the thought of killing their innocent civilians to stop them from killing ours.