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The grand old man of letters Gore Vidal claims America is ‘rotting away’ — and don’t expect Barack Obama to save it
Today religious mania has infected the political bloodstream and America has become corrosively isolationist, he says. “Ask an American what they know about Sweden and they’d say ‘They live well but they’re all alcoholics’. In fact a Scandinavian system could have benefited us many times over.” Instead, America has “no intellectual class” and is “rotting away at a funereal pace. We’ll have a military dictatorship fairly soon, on the basis that nobody else can hold everything together. Obama would have been better off focusing on educating the American people. His problem is being over-educated. He doesn’t realise how dim-witted and ignorant his audience is. Benjamin Franklin said that the system would fail because of the corruption of the people and that happened under Bush.”
Vidal adds menacingly: “Don’t ever make the mistake with people like me thinking we are looking for heroes. There aren’t any and if there were, they would be killed immediately. I’m never surprised by bad behaviour. I expect it.”
I make no bones that I am left of center politically but in all my eight long years of loathing GW Bush the thought of overthrowing our governemtn never crossed my mind.
Originally posted by Chovy
We already have a dictatorship...
Its run by Obama and his goons.
Forces flu shots is just the beginning!
Originally posted by warrenb
Benjamin Franklin said that the system would fail because of the corruption of the people and that happened under Bush.”
Originally posted by marg6043
Well with the invasion that we are starting to see in states like Montana with private paramilitary that we don't even know where they are coming b] I don't know, from where is coming? I don't know
Originally posted by centurion1211
reply to post by uaocteaou
I wonder if you really think you're helping obama and any other liberal causes that you have been supporting here with that avatar picture? I'm guessing that most other liberals here don't think so, and you're probably providing a lightning rod for conservatives that think a liberal isn't all that far from a communist anyway ...
Originally posted by uaocteaou
reply to post by Wimbly
Dude, this is just not true.
People were arrested and removed from areas located near Bush because they were wearing anti-bush tee-shirts. You never saw people wearing loaded weapons in the vicinity of bush, nor did you ever ONCE hear or see any of the media advocating taking arms to political events attended by Bush. NEVER.
Yes, the left can be obnoxious too, but it's not even close to the garbage the Right is promoting.
To say anything like "well, the left acted like this against bush", is just dishonest.