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Monday, May 23, 2005

An interesting quote

From the Federalist Patriot, the conservative journal of record:

THE LAST WORD

"Huge chunks of the American population have been body-snatched by zomboid creatures from Canada, or possibly -- shudder -- Europe. That's the only conclusion one can draw from the latest monumental study from the Pew Center for the People and the Press. OK, it's not the only conclusion you can draw, but it's the one I'm going to draw. ... According to the Pew Center, the less you like to fly the American flag, the more likely it is you are Democrat. The more you think hard work and personal initiative aren't the ticket to the good life, the more likely you are to be a Democrat. The more you believe the United Nations is a better steward of international relations, while America is a negative actor on the world stage, the more likely you are to be a Democrat. The more you believe that the government is there to help, the more likely it is you are Democrat. The less seriously you take religion, the more likely you are to be a Democrat. Flip all of these values around and the more likely it is you are a Republican -- or that you vote that way. ... So what does all of this have to do with body-snatching Europhiles? Well, basically, everything. The ideas, assumptions and prejudices held by the statistically typical Democrat voter, according to the Pew study, are quite simply, European. Europeans believe in a strong social welfare state, for rich and poor alike. Europeans are cynical. They look askance -- these days -- on patriotic sentiment (hence the rush to form a new European nation). The church pews of Europe would make a great hideout for bank robbers since they're always empty. The United Nations is, in the typical European's worldview, the last best hope for mankind. From the death penalty to gay marriage, the more similar you are to a typical European in your political and social outlook, the more likely you are to be a Democrat." --Jonah Goldberg

I haven't looked at the Pew Study, but frankly, I am not suprised with the correlations he points out

4 Comments:

  • At 2:20 PM, Blogger Ryan S. said…

    Democrats are from Europe, Republicans are from Texas?

     
  • At 11:17 AM, Blogger M. McKain said…

    Perhaps Democrats who are religious and patriotic just do not feel the need to throw it in everybody's face as certain Repubicans do. Also, it seems that whenever Democrats DO fly the flag or discuss their relgion, they are mocked by Republicans as disengenuious. It is a failure on the part of my party that we have allowed you all (Republican types) to claim these things as your own, making Democrats feel isolated when we do make displays of patriotism or religion. Now, you have the ability to criticize us for NOT doing so. It's really quite clever; the Democrats have never been as good at manipulating symbols; I guess its something we need to work on.

    Also, I think these statistics (the other issues, particularly) simply reflect the complex and diverse views within the Democratic Party. Because we see shades of gray, not just black and white, it makes it difficult to pinpoint many Democratic beliefs with specific poll questions.

    Moreover, Europe has been around a lot longer than we have, and they have experianced much trial and error; I have no problem with us looking to them for examples of what and what not to do. Its only smart and reasonable to do so.

     
  • At 6:19 AM, Blogger American Sean said…

    Europe = high unemployment rates, high taxes. I'd rather look elsewhere for examples of what and what not to do.

     
  • At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "been around a lot longer"...

    Actual our democracy is older than any in europe. They were all ruled by kings when we formed our Republic.


    Grump

     

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