LIFE may not be predictable, but Europeans are. If we
criticize them publicly, they splutter, outraged that we don’t recognize
their perfection. They can dish it out abundantly, but continental
Europeans can no more take criticism than their welfare armies could
have taken Baghdad.
The only thing you can get for free from Europeans is advice. And
they’re always ready to give us plenty of it, as they’ve been doing for
more than two centuries.
Still, behind the easy pleasure of poking fun at European pretensions,
there are serious – and hardening – differences between Americans, who
embrace the future, and the French or Germans or Belgians who cling to
None of those differences go so deep as our opposing concepts of
freedom. . . .