Speaking of absurd lefty rhetoric (I am beginning to remember why I did not blog the last few days), Oliver has some easy ‘solutions’ to America’s problems. They are all real beauties (it takes talent to start with a false premise and come to a hasty conclusion topped with an appeal to emotion, but it is there- find it for fun), but this one is just such a gem it deserves extra derision:
Problem: The rhetoric towards North Korea is aggravating an already unstable nuclear entity.
Solution: Address the Korean problem directly. Don’t make it appear that we can be held hostage by nuclear threats, but appreciate the seriousness of what North Korea could do.
For starters, let’s work through the flaws:
1.) The false assumption that rhetoric means ANYTHING to these people. They understand how they use it, which is belligerently and to achieve an aim, usually while engaging in duplicitious behavior behind the scenes, but it is not mere rhetoric which drives their behavior. It is understanding that we are serious which has ‘aggravated’ them. Which is a good thing. Unless you would like to go sign some more treaties and- wait. That is silly point #2.
2.) We are a hostage to other nations with nuclear weapons- within limits. Regardless, we are coming off a policy in which we not only acknowledged we were hostage to such threats, but we went the extra mile and PAID THE RANSOM.
3.) Is there really anyone who does not take the North Korean threat seriuosly? Oh yeah, I forgot- ‘Dubya’ is ‘stupid’ and ‘reckless.’ Talk about cheap rhetoric.
There you have it- the Democrats have all the solutions to those pesky questions. They are going to ‘take North Korea seriously.’ Go read them all- but don’t try to drink anything while reading them. You’ll be cleaning your monitor.
*** Update ***
Oliver responded, and in fairness, he deserves to be heard:
For months now, people (like yourself, John) have attacked Dems for attacking Bush but not providing alternatives. Now that I’ve done that, I get hit. I don’t expect you to take my statements like you would a candidate’s policy statements, but still…
That is just the point- these are not solutions- they are stylistic approaches for how to go about implementing the solutions, but there is no substance. The how we should approach North Korea is there, but the what is missing. And this is what is maddening- Kerry, Dean- hell 90% of the Democrats are pissing and moaning about the idiot Bush and how he is a Cowby and how the Jews are running everything and that if only a Democrat were in office this would not be happening (because, perhaps, we would be paying them off, as I noted before), but in reality, the solutions are always some variation of ‘I would not do what Bush is doing and if I were I would be doing it better and with more finesse.’ And that, folks, is not a platform.- it is the equivalent of putting make-up on a pig.