Monday, January 24, 2005

Just the Facts, Ma'am

An old friend has the essay in Time Magazine this week, making the point that if the mere act of holding elections were magic, your kid's third grade home room would be a world power.

The Truth About Elections: They're not the hard part of democracy, as a Frenchman once taught America

It's about Montesquieu -- and, no, he's not from around here -- and how our wonderful founders were smart, well-read and as skeptical about human nature as they needed to be when they wrote the long, dull and knotty document needed to float the boat of state. Too many people seem to think Jesus dictated the U.S. Constitution to the Virgin Mary who typed it up and gave it to the Holy Spirit to proof read.

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