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You'll have to explain how it's necessarily foolishness to have a top priority besides self-amplification...
I don't get why private health care is necessarily superior to public health care. Do they really think government archons suddenly withdrawing it over cost concerns is inevitable? Or is this just a matter of "strong" auto-translating to "good" somehow? I wish they'd remember that weakness is not blameworthy...
9/1/2012 7:03:50 PM
Percy Q. Shunn
More lies from the GOP.
9/1/2012 7:07:28 PM
Socialism due to fear of bad things happening? Interesting...
It's like they learned something during the bad times and figured out how to better survive it.
9/1/2012 7:38:51 PM
9/1/2012 7:48:22 PM
Yes, Ireland... one of the few communist countries remaining :P
9/1/2012 7:56:15 PM
I don't know what's more idiotic: that he thinks Ireland is a communist monarchy, that as a supporter of an extremely anti-immigration party if mocked those who stayed behind during the famine, (you got to be evil to mock a fucking famine,) or that the bitch went and gave the Irish cause for revenge. In a land that so dearly loves its clichés and stereotypes why would anyone do that?
9/1/2012 8:15:34 PM
This is why you should wear a helmet when driving a motorcycle.
9/1/2012 8:34:48 PM
1) In my mother's tongue, "póg mo thoin na heireann," 2) social democracy is better than your chickenshit Friedman-theocracy hybrid.
9/1/2012 9:50:34 PM
Some figures from the CIA World Factbook:
Average life expectancy in Ireland 80.19 years.
Average life expectancy in the USA 78.37 years.
Infant mortality rate in Ireland 3.81/1000.
Infant mortality rate in the USA 5.98/1000.
It's not the Irish who are the losers in the health care stakes...
9/1/2012 10:59:20 PM
Anyone who thinks the Irish president is a communist is not worth paying attention to, right out of the gate. When the same person then proceeds to make jokes about famine, they should be thrown over a tall cliff.
9/1/2012 11:20:09 PM
Rabbit of Caerbannog
Ireland rules. You, on the other hand, are a tragic waste of sperm and egg.
Go fuck yourself
9/1/2012 11:31:19 PM
I suspect that this half-wit is neither a student of history or politics.
9/2/2012 12:21:43 AM
I thought the Irish president was rather right-wing. Apparently I was wrong; the latest three have all been Labor.
Europe is not a country, stupid, it's a continent. Not all of Europe suffered from famine, not all Europeans had the means to travel to the US, and some people preferred to stand and fight, rather than flee.
You can also view it as we sent away the chicken-shits who was too weak or scared to stay and work together for a better future. Which might be an explanation for the large amount of people who are eager to cooperate on this side of the Atlantic, and the large amount of people who'd rather work alone on the other side. (There are, of course, both kinds of people on both sides of the Atlantic, and most people are somewhere between those two types.)
9/2/2012 12:50:56 AM
You want to stand on O'Connell Street and say that? Or are you too chickenshit?
(Ireland. Socialist. If only).
9/2/2012 1:10:12 AM
Reason # 5,864 why the Tea Party should NEVER be allowed control of the US government:
They're absolutely horrid when it comes to knowledge of international relations, and view diplomacy as "socialist".
9/2/2012 2:16:51 AM
First off, socialism and communism are different things and Ireland is neither.
Secondly, Ireland is far from alone in having a universal healthcare system. But the USA is alone among developed nations in not having one.
9/2/2012 3:30:35 AM
Hey, don't knock it till ya try it! (Public Health might be pretty crappy, but I'd much rather spend my money on my mortgage and not my medical bills, thank you.)
9/2/2012 3:33:15 AM
He's not really a communist, Michael Higgins. More of a social democrat, centre-left. Note the distinction please.
Nice take on European history, though. Nice way to simplify some extremely complex historical phenomena, and to dismiss hundreds of millions of people with diverse cultures and languages.
And what about immigration *within* Europe?
"The gov't teat". The money doesn't come from "the government" really, but from the taxpayer, which is us. It's a recognition that we live in a society with other people, and that no-one gets rich all on their own, but has to use common infrastructure and utilities built with other's work. Everybody in theory has an input, and everybody can in theory take from the system he has paid into in times of need. You can call it socialism, I call it a basic element of civilization, a recognition that we are humans and live in societies with reciprocal relationships and needs.
This applies to all industrial societies and America is not somehow an exception. If you want a harsh social darwinist society where the law of the jungle prevails, and there's a constant fight to get to the top and exploit the largest number of people the most efficiently, then you can have it. But count me out.
9/2/2012 3:38:22 AM
The drive that comes from Elizabeth.
Michael D. Higgins is certainly a socialist - but so is most of Europe. That means that Europeans have a higher standard of living than many in America. You, want to deny proper social benefits because you have been brainwashed into thinking they are 'communist'. Our old folks and sick don't get dumped by their insurance companies, so we live longer and have better quality of old age.
As to leaving Ireland, where do you think all those millions of Irish Americans came from? It was desperation and bad government from London that fed the survivors of the Great Famine to the US.
From here it looks like the brainwashing of Americans against being better looked after socially has worked all too well. Every time you say no socialised medicine, you are shooting yourself, and your families in the foot. Talk about short-sightedness! And in Elizabeth's case, ignorance. Get to know your world history better before you start spouting such nonsense.
President Higgins cares passionately about the Irish people. Teabaggers are about as caring as wolves.
Not bad Irish at all; but if you'll allow a correction: Póg tón na hÉireann!
@ Leighton Buzzard
Shhh! Don't draw attention to Ireland being somewhat socialist. We don't like to frighten American right wingnuts. :-)
9/2/2012 3:45:10 AM
this really isnt fundie...
9/2/2012 4:56:37 AM
Jokes about the potato famine in Ireland? Really? Fuck off.
9/2/2012 5:18:41 AM
Morons say the darndest things
9/2/2012 5:49:14 AM
...or it could be that they stayed because they love their country and wanted to try to make their own way, rather than flee when things got tough.
They are the ones left behind. It makes sense that their descendants are socialist losers who cling to the gov’t teat.
As opposed to teabaggers, who continually seek to manipulate the laws of the US to reflect their own rigid and cruel religious philosophy.
Also, look up communism. It doesn't mean what you think it does. Must you make the rest of us look bad every time you speak or bang away at your keyboard like an inebriated monkey?
9/2/2012 6:17:16 AM
Filin De Blanc
These people won't be satisfied until the streets are full of dying poor for them to spit on as they pass by.
9/2/2012 6:34:51 AM
Go to Ireland and say that stuff to their faces. I dare you.
9/2/2012 6:46:31 AM
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