Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Dark America

In the New York Times, one of the saddest articles that I have ever read.

"American openness has always been an inspiration for the whole world, he concluded. 'If you go dark, the world goes dark.' "


EdWonk said...

It's fantastic to see that you are publishing again.

One thing that the NYT didn't mention is how the President has become evem more isolated from ordinary folks.

I also believe that our self-righteous preaching to the rest of the world has become counterproductive to the point that if something isn't changed, we as a people run the very real risk of being isolated even more.

Which would be a pity....

Kate said...


The president and candidates seem to be behind walls more often than not, and at both political conventions last year, dissenting opinions weren't allowed on site.

I agree with you about the preaching. I've never been one for evangelism, religious or no.

I hate the idea that America, that welcomed all of our ancestors, no longer welcomes differing beliefs, especially religious ones. That's contrary to my idea of America, and hopefully enough other people that something will be done.

Ben Franklin's quote seems to be more true now than we realized right after 9/11. "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Fej said...

I read this article also, it was depressing. It's been a year since I've travelled but everything he says is true. The rest of the world is really dissapointed too.

By the way, I came across your site at Diva's.