Thomas Friedman is an Idiot

Another day, another hit piece on America from the New York Times.

In Thomas Friedman’s latest propaganda piece, “Time to Re-Boot America” (a phrase borrowed from Barack Obama, not surprisingly), he shreds America for lacking “modernized” infrastructure, like that of Hong Kong, China.

“It actually started well,” he says, taking off from “Hong Kong’s ultramodern airport after riding out there from downtown on a sleek high-speed train — with wireless connectivity that was so good I was able to surf the Web the whole way on my laptop.”

Wow. What a country. Good internet service. Nice trains. Of course, all you can get on the internet is state-filtered material, but, I guess that whole freedom of speech thing is over-rated.

He continues by berating Keneddy Airport, one of the world’s busiest hubs, comparing it to that of Hong Kong’s ultra modern airport:

“The ugly, low-ceilinged arrival hall was cramped, and using a luggage cart cost $3.”

Perhaps if we didn’t have to spend so much money on stupid things like airport security to keep our islamic friends from crashing planes into big buildings, we’d have more of a priority centered on sprucing the place up for you.

On he continues, degrading Penn Station, the Acela bullet train, complaining of some (gasp!) dropped calls along the way.

Mr. Friedman, how do you do it? How do you maintain your self-absorbed, elitist status in such a terrible country as America?

He then asks this strawman question: “All I could think to myself was: If we’re so smart, why are other people living so much better than us?”

Who the hell is sitting around thinking that “we’re so smart”? Did someone just proclaim there are no other smart people in this world besides us? And do the people of China really live “so much better”?

I bet this Mr. Friedman leads a pretty well-off life. One would have to, to ask a question like that.

In the narrowed eyes of this pampered, jaded individual, having an ultra-modern airport is a sign of “better living” for the people of China. And the fact that some of our infrastructure is less modern than others must of course mean that, well, we suck.

Wonderful China: Where you will be incarcerated for speaking “truth to power” (to borrow a line from the left), or told how many children you can have, or where your dog will be killed while walking it to “control” the animal population. How overjoyed they must all be with all that modernized infrastructure.

Let’s, Mr. Friedman, run down some of the “better living” conditions of the People’s Republic of China:

  • China has population saturation, with 1.3 billion people.
  • It is a Communist state.
  • 500 million people in the rural, agrarian regions are willfully neglected, malnutritioned, and without employment.
  • China emposes ruthless oppression of religion.
  • The government censors most every bit of information, filtering what is to be said and received.
  • It has instituted torturous treatment of the Tibetan people
  • It is one of the most polluted countries in the world.

Sounds like a great place.

Mr. Friedman goes on in the next half of his article to let us know more of what is wrong with America, and gives us a glimpse into how an elitist snob would try to fix it. Your normal leftist pablum.

No need to rebut any of it, though. The first half says it all.

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