Mark Steyn on Senator Obama and "bittergate," aka "crackerquiddick": Obama's "not just snobbish nor even merely wrongheaded. It's an attack on two of the critical advantages the United States holds over most of the rest of the Western world. In the other G7 developed nations, nobody clings to God 'n' guns. The guns got taken away, and the Europeans gave up on churchgoing once they embraced Big Government as the new religion.
"How's that working out? Compared with America, France and Germany have been more or less economically stagnant for the past quarter-century, living permanently with unemployment rates significantly higher than in the United States."
Steyn reinforces a critical point which I wrote about last Monday: Mr. and Mrs. Obama see government as something which will replace the need for religious belief. We've seen this gradually occurring in Europe, and it's critically important that the United States does not follow suit.
Steyn again: "Take it from a foreigner: In my experience, Americans are the least 'bitter' people in the developed world. Secular, gun-free big-government Europe doesn't seem to have done anything for people's happiness."
And one more important point: "Europeans did 'vote for their own best interests' – i.e., cradle-to-grave welfare, 35-hour workweeks, six weeks of paid vacation, etc. – and as a result they now face a perfect storm of unsustainable entitlements, economic stagnation and declining human capital that's left them so demographically beholden to unassimilable levels of immigration that they're being remorselessly Islamized with every passing day."
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