I am rather surprised a lot of Americans react so heavily on such a mild joke aimed at a former president. I wonder whether Americans realise what an impact an American president has on (foreign) policies of other countries:
The former president of America neglected international law, messed around with intelligence (towards its own people as well as towards its allies) and then simplified the world ("axis of evil", "you are with us or against us"). As you say: "Everything is fair game as long as FACTS are used". Well, I won't discuss the policies of your former president too much. By acting in this way, he just irritated a lot of people in befriended countries/allies of America such as Germany, France, UK and The Netherlands (where I am from), and America lost much credibility and esteem in the world. Is it so wrong for Paul to make a mild joke then about the former president, who was not portraying himself really as an intellectual?
Moreover, Paul has always been much into actions and policy: human rights, animal rights, anti-landmines, environment/nature preservation. He (and other Beatles) always has/have been picking on premiers and presidents, especially conservative ones (f.e. Marcos/Tatcher/Nixon): (I do not always necessarily adhere to, but) what is wrong with that?
And yes, I think it is pretty disgusting that (on a lot of internetfora) people grumble an spit around very easily...
mr h atom wrote:well, not to get political, i am, and have been a registered republican forever...and after the last 8 years..i agree with mccartney wholeheartedly.
for all the reasons amsterdam mentioned and many more...
also, to assume that mccartney is not informed enough, as a citizen of the world, is just as demeaning as derek would make mccartneys sneer out to be.
it probably was an innappropriate venue...but, when you get old and senile...things just happen, right ?
The governor of Louisiana was begging for required permits to deploy a plan to protect the local marshlands from the spill, but the administration dragged its feet
2012 approaches and a growing majority in the US have had enough of this Jimmy Carter redux.
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