That’s Right Nate

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American Health Care 5, Canadian Health Care 3

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It was thirty years ago, when the United States Olympic Hockey Team inspired by the fiery speeches of new President Ronald Reagan stunned the world and struck a blow against the iron curtain by defeating the Soviet Union and their allies the Fins to win the 1980 gold medal at Lake Placid.

This year, the great threat to our liberty comes not from Soviet style communism, but from Canadian style health care.  With America’s hockey mom Sarah Palin providing the inspiration through her timely tweet, “YES!!! USA. 5-3 with 44 seconds to go… YES AMERICA!!! Sweeeeeet…”   I believe they heard her twitter account all the way to the Ottawa where it sounded like the voice of liberty crying out in the night, “Prime Minister Harper tear down your health care system.”

The game itself was a grueling affair with end to end action.  Though Canada tied it twice, the Americans never trailed.   They never backed down from any challenges as if they knew that even if they were checked hard and injured, they would not have to wait for days in a state run hospital.  Maybe they were simply healthier from the many breakthroughs in sports medicine perfected under our health care system.

The Americans have the youngest team in the Olympics while the Canadians consider to frantically look for a linemate to pair with superstars Sidney Crosby and Rick Nash.   The obvious answer here is somebody named Stills.  The Canadians aren’t eliminated by any stretch of the imagination, but the question remains–will they be too sickly to climb up to the podium if they do medal.

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Written by thatsrightnate

February 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm

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  1. Sorry you Yankee imperialist pig. The hockey game to which you refer occurred on 2-22-80, eleven months before the inauguration of the antichrist on 1-20-81. The credit goes to Jimmy Carter. Long live socialized medicine. Live long with socialized medicine!

    Sven

    February 23, 2010 at 11:02 am

  2. You are correct. I should have said the fiery speeches of PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Ronald Reagan.

    thatsrightnate

    February 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm

  3. Another American who knows nothing about his nation’s history. Although Reagan announced his candidacy 11-13-79, he did not hire a campaign manager or win an election until 2-26-80. Ice hockey inspired Reagan, Reagan did not inspire hockey. He was a fool and a crook. You are at least one of the two.

    Sven

    February 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm

  4. I did not say those speeches were made on the campaign trail for President in the 1980 election. He was also running for President in 1976 when many of the Miracle on Ice team were impressionable high schoolers swayed by his fiery rhetoric to take up arms or in their case hockey sticks against the Soviet Union.

    thatsrightnate

    February 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm

  5. Yankee, read a book. Learn some English as I have done in my socialist school system. Reagan was not a “presidential candidate” in 1976. He was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, but Gerald Ford was the presidential candidate. We Swedes are more than our bikini teams.

    Sven

    February 23, 2010 at 8:21 pm

  6. That’s right–you’re meatballs. He wasn’t in the general election and I never said he was, but he was a Presidential Candidate.

    thatsrightnate

    February 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm

  7. That is an absurd statement not supported by facts. Much like the Republican Health Care plan. You can only be a candidate for president if you are officially on the November ballot which your precious RR was not in 1976. I see your meatballs and raise you Cheetos.

    Sven

    February 24, 2010 at 7:11 am

  8. Let’s make a deal. I won’t tell you how to make furniture and you don’t tell me about American politics.

    thatsrightnate

    February 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm

  9. Let’s make another deal. We’ll keep our #1 world ranking on technological literacy and our socialism. You keep your charter schools and capitalism.

    Sven

    February 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm

  10. Sven? Depending upon what happens in 2012, would you care to adopt an American and her family? If Obama’s not a 2-termer, I’ll be looking for the escape hatch…. Pardon, Nate.

    Shannon

    February 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm

  11. Charter schools are the best thing we have in this country. They sure beat Abba.

    thatsrightnate

    February 24, 2010 at 10:00 pm

  12. The Socialist countries of Europe had the Renaissance. You have Renaissance 2010. I rest my case on my futon.

    Sven

    February 25, 2010 at 4:35 am

  13. Your Renaissance was just about art, ours is about privatizing education. Hmm, I don’t remember a lot of great Swedish artists in the Renaissance. The greatest current artist is American Thomas Kincaid.

    thatsrightnate

    February 25, 2010 at 6:51 am

  14. I would draw your attention to the work of Urban Larsson in the Great Church in Stockholm. You might also be interested in the art of David Klocker Ehrenstrahl, Johan Sylvius, and Erik Dahlberg. Now, please name for me ONE American artist of the Renaissance.

    You besmirch the name of Europe’s great artistic and intellectual revival by using it for your corporate schools. And, by the way, Arne Duncan is Norwegian.

    Three cheers for the Swedish curling team!

    Sven

    February 25, 2010 at 2:13 pm

  15. Historical records from that period are sketchy at best. Of course the Swedish curling team is good. Somebody has to sweep up all the saw dust when their building their furniture for Ikea.

    thatsrightnate

    February 25, 2010 at 5:40 pm

  16. While I know you would, never criticize my Swedish (because I am sure you don’t speak it) I must point out that you wrote “their building” when, as ever three year old Swede knows, you meant “they are or they’re building. However, I am willing to let bygones be bygones if you could hook me up with Cecily’s phone number.

    Sven

    February 25, 2010 at 6:25 pm

  17. It seems to me that in the back and forth discussion of the Swedish contribution to the Renaissance the dynamics of the Reagan – US ice hockey mutual boosting the issue of health care has fallen by the way side.

    We have now have several more data points showing that when it mattered the Canadian team engaged and defeated six teams and the US team engaged and defeated only four. (You could claim five if you thought it “mattered” when they won the first game as described in the posting. But you’d still be behind in the count.)

    I am looking forward to your usual insightful commentary to deal with these disturbing facts.

    maruda

    March 1, 2010 at 12:05 am

  18. Swedish artistic and political dominance over the corrupt and death-dealing capitalism of the US will never cease. The argument has not fallen to the way side. Nate has simply admitted defeat and buried himself in American jingoism and Dunkin Donuts.

    Sven

    March 1, 2010 at 8:28 am

  19. Maruda, hockey is kind of a silly sport. I don’t think anybody in America cares about it.

    thatsrightnate

    March 1, 2010 at 8:37 am

  20. Bingo! There it is – your usual insightful commentary. : )

    maruda

    March 1, 2010 at 9:34 pm

  21. Thank you

    thatsrightnate

    March 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm


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