Sunday, February 7, 2010

Disengagement From the Democratic Process Has Left the Foxes Guarding the Hen House - How to Get Democracy Back

Author: Lawrence Lessig in The Nation
If You Want Change, You Have to Change Congress
We should remember what it felt like one year ago, as the ability to recall it emotionally will pass and it is an emotional memory as much as anything else. It was a moment rare in a democracy's history. The feeling was palpable--to supporters and opponents alike--that something important had happened. America had elected, the young candidate promised, a transformational president. And wrapped in a campaign that had produced the biggest influx of new voters and small-dollar contributions in a generation, the claim seemed credible, almost intoxicating, and just in time.
We should remember what it felt like one year ago, as the ability to recall it emotionally will pass and it is an emotional memory as much as anything else. It was a moment rare in a democracy's history. The feeling was palpable--to supporters and opponents alike--that something important had happened. America had elected, the young candidate promised, a transformational president. And wrapped in a campaign that had produced the biggest influx of new voters and small-dollar contributions in a generation, the claim seemed credible, almost intoxicating, and just in time.
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1 comment:

Robert said...

WAKE UP AMERICAN! Listen to the tinklings.

For many years there hung in the President's office in the White House an elaborate crystal chandelier which had been bought in Paris by Thomas Jefferson.

It remained more or less unnoticed until Theodore Roosevelt came into office. T.H., an outdoor man who loved fresh air, usually worked with the windows open. The breeze blowing in caused the prisms to tinkle. For some time Roosevelt endured this distraction -- with mounting impatience. Then one day he growled, ''Get this thing out of here.''
''But, Mr. President, where shall we put it'' he was asked.
Roosevelt thought this over for a moment.
''Put it in the Vice President's office,'' he ordered. ''He has nothing to do anyway. May be it will keep awake.''

Robert -Quebec