Osama bin Laden, Singing Chipmunks, Euroweenism and Internet Hitler

 

I like to regard myself as an American patriot, but I think I can see the flaws of the nation as well as its virtues.  One of its flaws can be a certain tackiness.  A minor example:  having cartoon chipmunks singing patriotic songs.  However, before I become too embarrassed for the land of my birth, I am usually strongly reminded by a news story why I greatly appreciate living in this country. 

Such a reminder occurred this week:

Schadenfreude, the enjoyment of others’ suffering, may be a famously German concept, but it is apparently not a feeling that many Germans aspire to. The political and public fallout following Chancellor Angela Merkel’s statement on Monday that she was “glad” Osama bin Laden had been killed was among the most hotly debated topics in the German media this week.

Politicians, including those within her own center-right coalition, said that no death was cause for celebration, and reproved the remark as un-Christian and vengeful.

 

But Hamburg judge Heinz Uthmann went even further. He alleges that the chancellor’s statement was nothing short of illegal, and filed a criminal complaint against Merkel midweek, the daily Hamburger Morgenpost reported Friday.

“I am a law-abiding citizen and as a judge, sworn to justice and law,” the 54-year-old told the paper, adding that Merkel’s words were “tacky and undignified.”

In his two-page document, Uthmann, a judge for 21 years, cites section 140 of the German Criminal Code, which forbids the “rewarding and approving” of crimes. In this case, Merkel endorsed a “homicide,” Uthmann claimed. The violation is punishable by up to three years’ imprisonment or a fine.

“For the daughter of a Christian pastor, the comment is astonishing and at odds with the values of human dignity, charity and the rule of law,” Uthmann told the newspaper.

Go here to read the rest of the story.  Compared to this example of raw euroweeniness, lack of understanding of the concept of freedom of speech, and deep, deep stupidity, singing chipmunks don’t seem so bad after all!

Perhaps Herr Uthmann will be happy to find this former German leader showing the proper sadness over the slaying of bin Laden:

10 Responses to Osama bin Laden, Singing Chipmunks, Euroweenism and Internet Hitler

  • How many more 9/11 memorials, tributes and ceremonies do Americans need to show how red, white and blue they are? I’ll probably get flamed for this — what else is new? — but I don’t have blinded love for a country that threatens to garnish my Social Security because I owe the VA $54 in medical bills while GE pays nothing in taxes and bribery and corruption pervade all of government with virtual impunity. Or a nation that has permitted 50 million abortions and wages 3 wars on foreign soil.

    I thought you Christians felt higher kinship with other Christians, regardless of country, rather than as fellow countrymen, which is mere tribalism and nationalism. Hence, American “exceptionalism.” We’re better than everyone else and we know what’s good for them whether they like it or not. This is the prevalent attitude in this country and it’s undeniable.

    Patriotism is at its worst when people wear American flags as clothing and hats, plaster their cars with mundane bumper stickers (i.e. America: Love it or Leave it, Ruck Fussia) and start chanting U-S-A for the flimsiest of reasons, it reminds me of the mass Nazi assemblies during Hitler’s halcyon days. Yeah, I love mom, apple pie and used to love baseball. I like a lot of things about America but I don’t need to sing the national anthem or pledge my allegiance every time I go to a game or a town meeting. I don’t need to see wreath-laying and military pep talks by a hypocritical commander-in-chief who never served and who was honored with a peace prize while waging more wars.

    Obama is milking the Osama assassination for every drop of red, white and blood he can — Ground zero, Ft. Campbell, 9/11 firehouse visits, etc. — and most everyone’s waving the flag again. In 3 more weeks, get to do it all over again with Memorial Day when gas will be five bucks. Five weeks after that it’s the Fourth of July and more fireworks and Sousa songs and hands over hearts. At the base of it all is pride — the deadliest of sins. Humility has never been one of America’s strong suits.

    OK, I’m donning my fire-retardant flame suit….GO!

  • “Patriotism is at its worst when people wear American flags as clothing and hats, plaster their cars with mundane bumper stickers (i.e. America: Love it or Leave it, Ruck Fussia) and start chanting U-S-A for the flimsiest of reasons, it reminds me of the mass Nazi assemblies during Hitler’s halcyon days.”

    Justice for 3000 of our murdered countrymen is not a “flimsy reason” Joe and comparing displays of American patriotism to Nazi assemblies is obscene and deranged. If one confuses America with utopia one is bound to be disappointed. If one compares with America what most of humanity has lived under during recorded history, America is a bright shining city on a hill.

  • “obscene and deranged.” OK, Don, I guess that’s what I am.

  • Not you Joe merely the opinion you expressed. As for you, you are simply a member of the C.O.B. club, which on my bad days I feel like I founded. :)

  • No, you were correct in your assessment. No need to back off. I’m an old bitter obscene and deranged man, no doubt about it.

  • I thought that clip had been made unavailable for parodies. I am happy to see that Hitler’s tirades re: the news du joir continue. And this is a great one!

    This dummkopf of a Herr Professor and many of his countrymen and women don’t seem to understand that being a great military power does not automatically entail invading Poland and setting up extermination camps. (And, perhaps, if they cannot make that distinction, it is better for them to continue to be holier-than-thou pacifists. I’d rather have the Germans sanctimoniously scolding us than goose stepping their way across Europe.) It’s like confusing being assertive and self-confident with behaving like a bully and a jerk. The formerly warlike Huns are now so sheepish they are unable to feel patriotism or draw a distinction between celebrating the death of thousands of innocents and celebrating the death of the man who killed those innocents.

    The lesson they drew from WWII was that war is always wrong. The lesson we drew from it is that appeasing tyrants like Hitler does not work. I imagine that for people who have been continually reminded of the atrocities of the Third Reich since 1945, the opportunity to play the “I’m more moral than you” game is one many Germans cannot resist.

  • A fine zinger from James Taranto at WSJ’s “Best of the Web”:

    “Der Spiegel quotes one Herfried Münkler, a snotty German political scientist who is put off by the scenes of Americans celebrating Osama bin Laden’s death:

    ‘For European observers,(Munkler says) these kinds of public gatherings are indeed somewhat embarrassing, because they demonstrate a kind of unthinking naïveté, and also because there is something provocative about them. But it was only a small number of Americans who demonstrated their feelings so openly, just as in 2001 it was only a few Muslims who were happy about the thousands who were killed in the terror attacks.’

    We guess what he’s saying is that it isn’t like the Nuremberg rallies or anything.”

  • Meanwhile, “The Sun”, London reported that racist members of the multi-racial, multi-religious English Defense League chanted “USA!” while Osama-worshipping morons attempted to turn the butcher into a hero.

  • I’m surprised you’re so insulted by the description of your comment as obscene, given that you compare people to Nazis. You don’t get to say things like that and then object that discourse has become uncivil.

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