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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

The velvet revolution

I'm in awe of what happened in the former Soviet republic of Georgia over the weekend. Can you imagine how many dead Americans there would be on the streets if the same thing had happened after Bush's inauguration in January of 2001 following an election fraught with voter disenfranchisement, intimidation, screwy ballots, disappearing votes, hands in the pockets of Florida's secretary of State (now a Congresswoman), and a "winner" chosen by the Supreme Court?

I'm also surprised to find out that the U.S. supposedly had its shadowy hand involved in Eduard Shevardnadze's exit. I'm not at all surprised, though, that this involvement had something to do with oil, but actually seeing the riot police just leave the place was simply sublime.

Yeah, I know. They've got it tough over there. Millions of jobs lost, huge national debt, currently at war in at least 2 countries... Wait a minute. That sounds like the United States! When do we get our turn?

" I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions as not to discourage them too much. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government."
- Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826), Letter to James Madison, 1787
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