Thursday, November 30, 2000

I'm reading a lot of rationalizations in the American press about how the current election mess somehow proves that the 'system' really works. It is as if the journalists really have to work to convince themselves that, despite all appearances, the United States is still a functioning democracy. Of course, there is no shame in a close election. However, it seems to me that the true mark of dictatorship is the passive reaction of the vast majority of the populace whan the Powers That Be use force to install their figurehead. It's the outrage and the action that distinguish the freeman from the slave. The slave is always quick to say that it doesn't really matter who the leader is, I actually like the leader better than the guy I voted for, I can't do anything about it anyway, the government will hurt me if I complain, etc., etc. Americans now sound and act like Eastern Europeans before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Whatever happened to the spirit of the American Revolution?

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