Steyn on Europe on the Elections

Mark Steyn has a fantastic article deconstructing the election reaction of the secular liberals in Europe.
The set-up:

The big question after Tuesday was: will it just be more of the same in George W Bush’s second term, or will there be a change of tone? And apparently it’s the latter. The great European thinkers have decided that instead of doing another four years of lame Bush-is-a-moron cracks they’re going to do four years of lame Americans-are-morons cracks. Inaugurating the new second-term outreach was Brian Reade in the Daily Mirror, who attributed the President’s victory to: “The self-righteous, gun-totin’, military-lovin’, sister-marryin’, abortion-hatin’, gay-loathin’, foreigner-despisin’, non-passport-ownin’ rednecks, who believe God gave America the biggest dick in the world so it could urinate on the rest of us and make their land ‘free and strong’.”

The payoff:

What was revealing about this election campaign was how little the condescending Europeans understand even about the side in American politics they purport to agree with – witness The Guardian’s disastrous intervention in Clark County. Simon Schama last week week defined the Bush/Kerry divide as “Godly America” and “Worldly America”, hailing the latter as “pragmatic, practical, rational and sceptical”. That’s exactly the wrong way round: it’s Godly America that is rational and sceptical – especially of Euro-delusions. Uncowed by Islamists, undeferential to government, unshrivelled in its birthrates, Bush’s redneck America is a more reliable long-term bet. Europe’s media would do their readers a service if they stopped condescending to it.

All the stuff in between is great too. The High Church of Secularism has suffered a blow to the faith, and now it’s struggling to reconcile reality with its arrogant, close-minded faith.

One thought on “Steyn on Europe on the Elections

  1. I just read the article and it was very poinient. I believe that basically it underscores one of the largest misunderstandings the media has about people. Constant hate and bashing does not cause people to vote against someone. Voters also have to have a reason to vote for the other candidate. Kerry never really offered a reason why one should vote vote for him. He also was way too eager to jump onto unproven news that would be negative against Bush.

    The author made another point about how elitest Europe has become. The same thing happened in America. There were so many liberals that don’t even understand this country. I saw a profound example of that last night at a play. The actor was comparing democracy to baseball and at one point that seemed to indirectly point at Bush the whole croud applauded. At intermission I heard people talking about others being too depressed to attend the play because of the election. Please people, wake up! These “passport totin” folks think they are so worldly yet I doubt they have every gone into the heartland of America and seen what the majority of the country is like. They don’t understand the majority of the middle-class “non-passport ownin” Americans.

    The Europeans aren’t having any kids because they don’t want to crimp their lifestyle but wait until there is no one below them to support their socialist system when they are retired. Hope they don’t mind their crimped lifestyle in a convelescent home.

    My appologies for the long diatribe.

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