"The beginnings of reform and democracy in the Palestinian territories are now showing the power of freedom to break old patterns of violence and failure.''
-- George W. Bush, State of the Union, 2005
WASHINGTON -- In State of the Union addresses, the childish events in our civic calendar, presidents list numerous proposals pursuant to the supposed presidential duty to be omnipresent and omniprovident in our lives. Every 48 seconds or so -- last year's address was interrupted by applause 66 times in 53 minutes -- legislators of the president's party erupt with approval, while those of the other party use stolidity to signal disappointment. But if you are a glutton for punishment and tune in tonight, you will at least not hear a reprise of the passage cited above from last year's address.Or maybe we will. The mythology of democracy (if you think it's not mythology, tell me WHY the majority is entitled to its way) will not die so easily. If we admit that Democracy failed in Palestine or Ivory Coast, that in Turkey and Pakistan it's only held in place by the ever-present threat of military coup, that China and Singapore prosper without it, then we admit that the course the American Republic has been on since 1830 or so - democratization of everything - is possibly the wrong medicine for the long-term health of the union. We must consider that implementing democracy by force in Iraq is possibly no more than a foolish ego trip that will cost $2 trillion dollars and ultimately result in a theocracy aligned with the next country we "need" to invade (and possibly nuke).
Gold topped $570/oz this morning, silver is pennies shy of $10/oz. The dollar is dying.
But at least the Dems have a solution for the burning issues of the day:
The Democrats have already been heard from. In their "pre-buttal'' to the State of the Union, they promised, among much else, that, according to House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, if they come to power, "every American will have affordable access to broadband within five years.'' Which tells you something about the state of the union.