Tuesday, September 19, 2006

election theft & breach of contract

As Jane Jacobs observed in Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics, the two don't hybridize very well; instead you get phenomena like the mob, who don't properly belong to nor abide by the rules of either realm.

Were this not the case, the revolving-door crowd that populates the Bush administration might better appreciate that when they steal an election they are breaking the most fundamental agreement that holds this society together, and breeding something far uglier than could ever be mounted by foreign terrorists.

Or maybe that's what they want, an excuse to get heavy-handed with domestic dissidents, who keep pushing America to live up to its ideals and face up to inconvenient realities like the environmental consequences of business-as-ususal.

If the latter, then they're probably wondering what is taking so long, and probably not appreciating the degree to which their awkward attempts to portray Bush and company as being anything approaching up to the job are mindbendingly stupefying.

They shouldn't be surprised if, once this is over, Bush turns out to be the very last Republican President, the Party having been widely recognized as being rotten at its core.

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