November 3, 2004


It's the American people, stupid (Peter Hartcher, November 4, 2004, Sydney Morning Herald)

If his dominance of the popular vote is validated by a victory in the Electoral College, the Republicans will be in a commanding position, cementing control of the White House as well as both houses of Congress.

One of America's leading conservative intellectuals, Professor Francis Fukuyama, said Mr Bush's victory foreshadowed an increasingly tense relationship for the US and the world.

"This is very important internationally. People will say that its not George Bush that's the problem, its the American people that's the problem."

Not the problem, but the solution.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2004 11:53 AM

We've been the problem for 225 years, why stop now?

Posted by: Sandy P at November 3, 2004 1:05 PM

Why the immediate reaction to look at the american people? Why not the introspection and examination at what exactly the hell is wrong with the slothful, ignorant, nihilists in Europe? With the terrorists in the mideast? No no, that is too obvious. America is the problem because America is sticking to its values.

Posted by: Scof at November 3, 2004 2:18 PM

Noone likes the change agent. Everyone resents the standard bearer.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at November 3, 2004 3:11 PM

Fukuyama actually has a good point. The election helps lay to rest the forlorn hope that America may be manipulated by foreigners.
It's a good thing, a very good thing for the cause of the future peace of the world, for those who now imagine that we can be nuanced out of existence to realize that resistance is futile, and that they are the ones to be assimilated.

Posted by: lou Gots at November 3, 2004 4:02 PM

Re: Sandy's comment

"The American Revolution was not a common event. Its effects and consequences have already been awful over a great part of the globe. And when and where are they to cease?"

John Adams - Feb. 3, 1818 Letter to H. Niles

Posted by: TimF at November 3, 2004 4:13 PM

Just a note: Adams wrote that at a time when "awful" meant what we now mean by "awesome."

Posted by: Tom at November 3, 2004 5:42 PM

Americans came here to get away from the Euroscum. If Europe were so wonderful, we'd have stayed. It is utterly amazing to see an Australian who doesn't understand this, since their experience is similar.

But then he is writing in the tired old Socialist rag, the Sydney Morning Herald.

The thing for the rest of the world to understand is that this is America's planet, everyone else is just a tourist.

Posted by: Bart at November 3, 2004 10:32 PM

Sandy P, I like your comment.

Scof, reasonable questions, but the Euro opinion-shapers are not reasonable.

Typically editorial writers in continental dailies are saying, "Americans, you have gone too far this time! Before, we were willing to make a distinction between President Bush and the American people. We may not be able to do so any longer."

It's like a gnat threatening an elephant. Before you laugh, though, remember the damage that the gnat can still do (malaria).

Posted by: Eugene S. at November 4, 2004 7:49 AM