We don’t have to be friends

From the Volokh Conspiracy:

Dear Senator McCain:

Repeatedly calling me and everyone else in the United States “my friends” is extremely annoying. In part, it’s just an irritating phrase. Beyond that, I’m not your friend. I don’t know you, and, from what I know of you, I don’t even really like you. Sorry to focus on such superficialities when the world economy is going to Hell, but you probably lost more votes with your constant repitition of “my friends” than from anything Obama said.

Sincerely,

David B. [link]

mccain_obama_080611_mn.jpgReema (I’m signing on.)

Both candidates used the phrase. And of course, because of my bias, it grated on my nerves when McCain used it. It was just amusing when Obama did. Anyone who is about to control my life and the lives of all US residents is not a friend, and they shouldn’t try to be. They just better know what they’re doing because everything (economy, environment- one in 4 mammals is threatened with extinction, social security, Medicare + Medicaid) seems to be falling apart at the same time. Not to be dramatic or anything. The only suggested economic solution from a Sikh point of view I found was vague, overly ambitious, and not really very palatable either.

America, the undeclared leader of the consumerist capitalism at its highest stage, Globalization, is going through the most difficult period in its entire history…Confluence of Marxism and Sikhism can bring the best elements of the western and the eastern philosophies together for the benefit of the whole mankind. [link]

Rather than creating a new economic order, maybe we can just continue to share what we have and give more to people who need it more…


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