Sunday, March 12, 2006

Very quick hop up onto the political soapbox

(Karla hops onto her padded cushy soapbox. Music plays like on the Nightly News...)

I've been reading all these sensationalistic stores about a company based in Dubai making deals to buy rights to some US ports. And how US politicians are going gaga about this, that we can't have foreigners, especially MIDDLE EASTERN foreigners, having a hold on our US ports.

You will only, ever hear me say this once, but on this ONE issue, GW Bush is right. It's ludicrous for politicians to grandstand on this deal, to be patriotic over nothing, and it will only shed a very bad light on America. American politicians (unfortunately both Republicans AND Democrats) are just getting more and more xenophobic, and America is becoming a very small minded place. Dubai is NOT Iraq. Not even close. It's the most open-minded and free-trading of the Middle Eastern communities. More Westerners live there than natives! Plus, America will still have complete control over all security, customs and everything else involved with safety at the ports.

Here is an excellent article that sheds a bit more light on this issue of "furners" owning US ports. Did you know that the majority of them are already foreign owned?

A quote from it:
Yet as the 18th-century writer Samuel Johnson once articulated, "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."

We've got alot of scoundrels in the US. People need to wake the hell up. It's a global community now.....

(.....and not so graceful jump down from soapbox. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

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