Friday, July 16, 2010

Czech it out

Last week someone read me a great piece -- echoing my thoughts on the matter very concisely -- attributed to a Czechoslovakian newspaper.

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

"The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.

"The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”
The quote is correct in what it says, IMHO. The attribution is not entirely correct, so we should clarify.

The quote is passed around with the tag "Author Unknown". If it had been an actual column in a Czech newspaper, obviously the author would be known.

Turns out what it was was a COMMENT left on an article from that Czech newspaper on the web on an article summarizing that week's events in Prauge (where Obama had been to sign some treaty).  That story apparently appeared on 4/28/2010.  The exact same comment (which again, I agree with) appeared on a Reuters article a few months earlier.

So we don't know who said it. Could've been an American for all we know. It doesn't change the truth of what it says, but we always need to remember to check things out. Or in this case, maybe "Czech" things out.


tim said...

Speaking of electing fools...

Whitehawk said...

I agree with the author of this comment. The election of Obama is a symptom of a much greater problem. As a nation we have lost our moral compass. Without any ability to discern what is harmful/foolish from what is wholesome/wise. We are sprinting through the forest in the pitch blackness of night. Injury is inevitable and death very likely.

The lack of moral consensus is driving a wedge between segments of our population. The motto "United we stand. Divided we fall," is still true. We are coming to the tipping point on matters of morality that has been coming our way for about 5 decades. Mr Obama's election is just a signal flag.

We are in the process of a national discussion on the meaning of freedom, private property, the origin of life, the role of government, the existence of God, personal responsibility ... We must look at who are and how we got here. The consequence of not renewing our devotion to our founding principles is a matter of survival.

Cylar said...

You can't tell me to research candidates or understand issues. I have to watch American Idol and update my Facebook and Twitter accounts!

You can't tell me to understand what candidates mean when they speak. I'll just vote for whomever is cool.

You can't tell me to have some principles and carry them into the voting booth. I'll just flip a coin or write in "Mickey Mouse."

And that assumes I vote at all.