|Friday, May 9th, 2003
Unfourtantly I have not yet enabled a comment board to allow my readers to respond to essays. As the next best thing, I'm posting Corey Davis' emailed response to Joe Stafura's article from Thursday, April 24th, 2003.
Corey Davis writes:
[T]his struck me [i realize these aren't your words]:
"I was proud to see that Spain™s economy has now reached a level of performance surpassing Germany and France, this was clearly made possible through this strange link to freedom and tolerance. Freedom is a difficult concept to explain or understand, but the things that make it work are often repulsive to some, the US has come to understand that contradiction and as a result has become the greatest country in the world."
I'm befuddled by this entire paragraph [well, i'm sort of befuddled by the entire
piece, but this bit in particular].
Spain's economy has surpassed Germany and France? Here's their relative
GDPs, in trillions of 2002 dollars:
That's an awfully strange definition of 'surpass.'
Even if the statement about economic performance was correct, the clause
following ["this was clearly made possible"] begs for supporting evidence.
China, for example, has the second largest economy in the world, and it's not
exactly known for its freedom and tolerance.
(The typical American family is one that accepts other beliefs and is tolerant of ideas that they do not agree with, the sooner we reestablish our bonds to that past the better I will sleep at night, and I won't be wearing a gas mask or a mop suit...ever.)
The last sentence just leaves me scratching my head.
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