Arrogance, selfishness and “patriotism” make us our own worst enemy

An excellent article at the Wall Street Journal on Sweden’s economy and how it’s bouncing back:

Economic issues truly make me the most disappointed in our government, as lawmakers truly show their selfishness with an inability to put the good of the nation ahead of their own polls in their own districts.  I do realize of course, that they represent their constituents, but I don’t believe that the intent of representative government was to represent your district AT THE EXPENSE OF your fellow citizens.  Congress needs to realize that a huge deficit and unstable budget are the biggest threats to our nation, and be willing to enact some short-term pain in favor of long-term stability.

Whenever another nation does it right (no matter what the topic), we have all these idiots on the news screaming “we’re America!  We LEAD, we don’t follow what other countries do!”  Well guess what, suck it up cupcake, because while we still do a lot of great things, we’re not the best at everything anymore, and it’s time we realized that being a stubborn, arrogant, “patriotic” ass isn’t going to get you anywhere except in the opinion polls of a public that’s in denial.  We should be looking not only to Sweden for it’s fiscal practices (and yes, I know that we can’t, or perhaps even shouldn’t adopt all, or even many of them, but have an open mind people!), but other countries that are doing well in other areas, and find out what we can take from them.


About stoshk

Career military member, and for many years a registered Independent. I'm not a particularly type-A personality, and believe people can disagree on a topic while still being respectful of each other's opinion - everything doesn't have to be a "you're either with me or against me" philosophy. I DON'T believe everything is black or white, I DO believe most rules have exceptions, and most situations have to be judged on their own merit rather than following a blanket "party line." I DO believe that while elected officials do represent their districts and constituents, they also have an obligation to act for the greater good of the nation as a whole, and leadership should be by example, not a "do as I say, not as I do" philosophy. I started this blog because I've reached a point where I feel many aspects of local, regional, national and global life are just plain disgusting me and I needed someplace to vent, and I've had enough positive feedback about the letters, notes and commentary on various subjects that I've posted to friends through email and/or social media that I thought this might be worth it - at least to me. Any and all comments, writings and postings in the blog are solely my opinion and absolutely do not represent the views of the U.S. Government and/or the Department of Defense.
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