June 14, 2007

‘World Stature’ Watch

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:31 am

A popular talking point on the Left, really closer to an article of faith, is how the United States has “lost stature” in the world due to our involvement in Iraq, our refusal to buckle to Kyoto-like restrictions relating to globaloney, blah blah blah.

As noted previously (last item at link), while this alleged “loss of stature” has been occurring, governments around the world have been trending rightward or solidifying their (relatively) conservative positions. Though there are others, the short list of clear rightward shifts includes Canada, Germany, and now France, while the list of solidifiers starts with Australia and Japan.

It’s relatively small addition, but add Belgium to the list of rightward-movers:

Verhofstadt to resign after major defeat
11 June 2007

BRUSSELS (AP) – Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt is to tender his government’s resignation Monday, one day after general elections in which conservatives – led by Christian Democrats – dealt his Socialist-Liberal coalition a stunning defeat.

As votes were still counted Sunday, Verhofstadt, 54, conceded defeat, saying he would leave the limelight after eight years as prime minister. ”The voters of our country … have opted for a different majority,” he said.

Then there’s the possibility that Nicolas Sarkozy, with a commanding majority, may be in the process of putting in “a pro-growth, tax cutting, deregulation, reform plan” in France, i.e., R-R-R-Reaganomics (HT Instapundit). An extra crate of smelling salts for faint-feeling lefties is definitely required.

Watching the US “lose stature” has never been so much fun.



  1. The “lost stature” meme, which John Edwards might call a bumper sticker slogan, is just a case of saying something over and over in the hopes that it becomes accepted facts. We’ve seen this strategy used successfully (with the help of a complicit media) on several fronts. Consider how many false economic buzz words have been basically accepted as fact because of repetition.

    Comment by largebill — June 14, 2007 @ 9:39 am

  2. #1, great comparison. Now if we could only get a true-conservative president ourselves.

    Comment by TBlumer — June 14, 2007 @ 11:37 am

  3. Tom,
    The logic behind your article is questionable.

    You fail to mention that even if some countries have trended “rightward”, that doesn’t put them in lockstep with the American rightwing. Additionally, even right leaning countries’ administrations and general electorates have shown an irritation at the US for our foreign relation policies. Simply put, just because a country abroad leans right doesn’t mean they, or their electorate, mirror the feelings of the American right wing towards Iraq – or support the US foreign policy.

    Let’s drop the spin for a second and look at the trend occuring in the UN for the past 7 years. The US is being voted off of committee after committee for the first time in the body’s history. Now I know all the traditional arguments from the right against the the UN – that’s besides the point. It’s still a political body that’s at least one sign of the international communities “attitude” towards the US. And if the UN is to be judged, that attitude would be, at best, salty.

    Comment by Jerid — June 14, 2007 @ 1:46 pm

  4. #3, Jerid, your SOP is to raise a false argument, and you didn’t disappoint. I never pretended that anyone is in lockstep with us. Having said that, if Sarko gets his way, he could end up to OUR right on immigration and the Dem Congress’s tax-happy economics.

    Don’t forget that Schroeder in Germany, the last person who challenged Howard in Australia, and to a lesser extent the Liberal Party in Canada, all played the anti-American and right-wing paranoia cards in their campaigns — and lost. Royal in France took the right-wing paranoia card to new limits, and Sarko’s party may end up with 80% of the legislative seats.

    The UN is dominated by anti-democracy forces, and can’t be seriously taken as a barometer of world opinion.

    The title of the post refers to our “World Stature,” which is objectively improving — if you’re referring to the world’s people in general, and not the world’s press corps.

    Comment by TBlumer — June 14, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

  5. Standard operating procedure, eh?

    “The UN is dominated by anti-democracy forces, and can’t be seriously taken as a barometer of world opinion.”

    Kind of funny that those anti-democracy forces are nominated from the respective countries. Ok Tom, I tried with you. Really did.

    Comment by Jerid — June 14, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

  6. #5, OK, I’ll correct: The UN is a thoroughly corrupt institution dominated by anti-democracy forces, thugs, dictators, and terrorist sympathizers, and therefore can’t be seriously taken as a barometer of world opinion.

    Better? :–>

    Comment by TBlumer — June 14, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

  7. Ha ha, #5, one of your fellow Dems agrees on Chirac and Schroeder.

    This is too much fun.

    Comment by TBlumer — June 14, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

  8. Ouch! That’s gonna leave a mark!

    Tom, you should be ashamed of yourself. Slamming poor liberals with facts and logic and not buying into their “feelings” and rehtoric. Better watch it or they will give you a “time out.” >;o)

    Comment by Rose — June 14, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

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