Where’s the Guilt?
February 23, 2009
Every person who refuses to embrace the dogmas of the Liberal Church
knows that the self-proclaimed superiority of liberal "reason” is a myth
because much liberal "thought” is driven by neurotic guilt (to which we
must never forget to add the love of power and the love of being ruled).
However, in as fine a piece of work as he has ever produced, Irony has
given liberals something to properly feel guilty about while seeing to
it that not a word about guilt is heard from all of Liberaldom, where
celebrations over the administration’s multi-trillion dollar spending
spree are all the rage — except for pauses that allow the revelers to
scorn Americans who beg the nation to take full notice of Consequences,
the huge, unyielding elephant in the room.
Unfortunately, history teaches that neither guilt nor reason has much
chance of giving liberals pause about endangering our sovereignty
through debt so large that nations holding it can exercise influence
over us in a manner they could never achieve otherwise.
Neither does history provide good news regarding the possibility that
liberals will vow to kick the pernicious habit of committing what John
McCain excellently termed "generational theft” (the Senator’s creative
coinage surely aided by his years of ruminations over how to describe
the behavior of madly spend and blithely borrow latter-day Republicans).
But for good reason, hope does spring eternal in the human breast. So it
is that I offer the following to roil up proper feelings of guilt in a
few liberals — that very modest goal necessary because most of the gang
lie beyond hope when it comes to controlling an appetite that increases
with the sale of every federal bond.
Dear People of China,
I write to you as one who considers it a duty to offer some observations
about the Obama administration’s attempt to borrow its way to prosperity
through an Everest of debt — the lion’s share of which the president and
his supporters hope your nation will purchase.
Without asking you to worry about the consequences this policy will
wreak upon the lives of Americans (because you must rightly put Number
One first), here’s why American liberals believe you are much better off
using your wealth to purchase American debt rather than using it at
A tax cut to create more private sector jobs in China’s "one nation,
two systems” society?
A very good idea — except to those who assert full employment China
doesn’t need to jolt a single additional job into existence, firmly
believing in their collectivist heart of hearts that upon being notified
of the need, China’s central planners will immediately create a good job
for any of its 1.3 billion souls.
According to liberals, China has no need for new or improved roads,
bridges, and airports because its population is so dense that 98% of
folks never even think of traveling out of town.
What about sewer lines and the industries they would spur into life?
Well, multicultural experts that they are, liberals explain that even
middle class Chinese enjoy the social interaction and the health
benefits they derive from walking to the end of the block to use a
During the past two decades, tens of thousands of us ordinary folks
(whom liberals prefer to call "Ugly Americans”) have visited China,
where even in Beijing’s elementary schoolyards we have seen boys peeing
Silly us. We think those beautiful youngsters would appreciate the
convenience and privacy of indoor lavatories. But liberals demur
vociferously with a dissertation on Chinese culture that explains China
will zealously wish to preserve the "cultural integrity” of its schools
even when the nation has completed its hundredth mission to Mars.
What for, if liberals are right that 95% of the Chinese people hate
conspicuous consumption so much that they need only enough electricity
to power a few light bulbs and a tiny television set? Not to mention the
number of bicycles in Beijing alone, a deliciousness that sends Al Gore
dreaming the sweetest of dreams (despite the very inconvenient drone of
very private jet engines).
Sure, China might wisely use a couple trillion yuan to develop a smartly
structured private health care system. But liberals extol the beauty of
the nationalized system China already has in place to provide fantastic
health care full blast and free.
(Now you know why liberals argue ferociously that on health care,
America needs money to imitate China, not the other way around.)
Everyone with common sense argues that China would be wise to forgo
buying American debt to use its wealth for sound environmental purposes.
However, a very powerful someone named Nancy Pelosi maintains San
Francisco has got an endangered mouse problem that of itself makes every
last concern of China’s EPA look perfectly petty.
Yes, if Madam Speaker should visit China, she’ll be certain to beg you
to buy our debt so that the new administration can reverse environmental
neglect so vast that China is entirely justified in joining a hundred
other nations that condemn the USA as "Ugly America.”
And consummate politician that she is, she’ll gush a San Francisco Bay
of praise on China’s pharmaceutical, milk, vegetable, fruit, fish, fowl,
pet food, paint, steel, drywall, and electrical power industries —
though to appease her environmentalist supporters, she’ll allow they are
in need of minor environmental tweaking.
I hope these few observations have helped you understand why liberals
are all in a sweat to have rich China finance poor America’s renewal.
As I’m sure you have figured out, I hope, too, you’ll tell those
liberals that if the American people want sustainable economic growth,
they’ll have to earn it through morally responsible behavior that
emphasizes individual initiative, hard work, saving, and sacrifice.
Of course, politics being what it is, deals will surely be made to
encourage China’s autocrats to make suckers of the Chinese people.
If that happens, you can count on this consolation:
piper shows up to collect his due in the form of higher taxes,
stagflation, joblessness, social instability, and significant loss of
sovereignty, we Americans will have only ourselves to blame for allowing
politicians to make colossal suckers of us.