Remember democracy? You know, before there were Madison Avenue political machines or Diebold 3-card montey brand ballot boxes. C'mon, think back...democracy...when the will of the people was clearly heard by government, and the latter responded positively with the kind of changes the people demonstrably desired.
No? Can't remember? Well, try a visit to Bill O'Reilly's favorite country, where the government yesterday bowed to the clearly expressed will of the people, and scrapped the fire-who-you-want-when-you-want law that the corporations had forced upon the nation. For an incisive commentary on this throwback moment for democracy, see Barbara Ehrenreich's column.
The most astonishing thing about the outcome in France is that the government was even there to respond. You see, here in America, we had a fairly robust protest today (albeit featuring...you know...wannabee Americans). But our government isn't around for the next two weeks. It's...um...on vacation...again.
J'aime Paris en le printemps...
Corruption Update: Jonathan Landay of Knight-Ridder, one of my favorite journalists, has this Q&A review of Plamegate/Leakgate or whatever you'd like to call it—replete with all the contradictory statements, lies, and distortions, conveniently summarized in a single page of text.
And speaking of new names for misbegotten and poorly managed things, the Bushies are busy making up new slogans again, to replace the ones that are too tainted with decadence and incompetence to put into their press briefings any longer. And wouldn't you know it, they chose "The Long War" as their new phrase of the time.
What's yet to be determined, of course, is a name for the nuclear bombing of Iran. So far, suggestions have centered around tidy images that clean-living Americans can relate to:
Operation Bunker-Buster Feather Duster
Operation Nuclear Spring
But according to inside sources at the Pentagon, the frontrunner among the boys there sounds rather more ominous: Teheran-a-saurus Wrecks.