Comments: My Crazy Boss Isn't Crazy Like The Other Crazies

>>>Find something you can be magnanimous about, that you can give him, that you can say he gets credit for, or she gets credit for.

This sounds like advice for talking to a small child. "Okay, you didn't make it to the potty in time, but... I'm proud of you for trying!" That's not usually what I mean when I use the word "grace." It's more like "patronizing." Maybe we can give said foreign leader credit for being, you know, an adult?

Posted by inkywretch at October 21, 2005 12:17 PM

I am one of those who thinks that bullying tactics by the govt are a symptom of what is basically the attempt to sustain an unlivable way of life. I mean America is 5% of world population gorging 50% of resources. Can you see a problem here? I think deep down many of the conservatives know that everything the United States does will negatively affect the lives of everyone on the planet, but they try to justify it by saying that America has a superior way of life and that it is worth defending because of it. And that is one problem that I have as a foreigner, on the one hand I am impressed that you have created the most successful society in human history, yet on the other I am aware of the costs that such a society has to pay up in terms of lives and exploitation so that it may exist. But I am not making an excuse for it, I just think that not being a bully is not an option if there remains this supply of indirect demand.

Unless you find a way to rebuild your infrastructure, restore balance to your lives, and eliminate your waste, then your corporations will find that there is no demand for the lifestyle that they are trying to support. Cease the profits, and your society will change.

Posted by En Ming Hee at October 21, 2005 08:32 PM

Somewhere in his speech he plants a mine in his entire story: He mentions an award-winning high school girl who calls attention to the fact that the U.S. gobbles up 60 percent of the world's resources. Having duly noted that, he presses on, on behalf of a well-run empire.

Lyndon Johnson once spoke unto the troops about the Vietnam War, saying that the world was trying to get what we had and that we wouldn't let 'em. As opposed to the other way around.

Posted by Tirebiter in Sector R at October 23, 2005 08:15 AM