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Michael van der Galien

Jon Stewart on Energy Independence: “Fool me eight times, am I a f****** idiot?”

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Posted on June 21 2010 12:00 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Reason Magazine rightfully praises comedian Jon Stewart – the only man who’s actually willing to ask inconvenient questions every now and then – for taking America’s politicians to task for talking about making the country energy independent, but doing exactly nothing to actually achieve this lofty goal.

America’s, and the West’s as a whole, dependence on Middle Eastern oil is a tremendous weakness. There’s no reason not to develop alternative energy resources. In fact, the opposite is even true: our oil dollars are used to either keep dictatorial regimes in place or to fund the very terrorist organizations who have declared war on us and our way of life – or both. By buying oil, then, we are strengthening and enriching our enemies. If that isn’t the very definition of a stupid foreign policy, I don’t know what is.

Stewart points out that although Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all realized the above, they changed nothing. The West is as dependent on Middle Eastern oil today, as it was in 1974, when Nixon was still occupying the Oval Office.

As Stewart says, “it’s absolutely maddening” that eight successive presidents have talked the energy independence talk, yet have all failed to walk the walk. He rightfully concludes: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me eight times… Am I a f****** idiot? I must be an idiot!”

Stewart is right. It’s about time that Obama and other leading politicians stop making fools of the American people and finally do what they’ve been promising for decades: develop a strategy to become energy independent by exploiting  alternative energy resources.

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