Sunday, November 27, 2005

Applying Darwin's Theory to (Democratic) Nations

We visited the Darwin exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City today.

Absolutely fascinating.

To make the exhibition even more convincing they showed live Galapagos animals: a tortoise, a lizard and a small colorful frog.

Later in the day, as we were eating Chinese take-out, I experienced a light bulb moment, a brilliant insight.

Applying Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest to nations led me to the conclusion that the only democracies that will live and prosper are those whose citizens analyze critically and reject the bull$hit that their leaders feed them.

During the past fifty years, three or four U.S. Presidents have promoted monumental lies and convinced enough voters so that many lives and much treasure were wasted. We paid the price and recovered because of our strong position.

Now, the chickens are coming home to roost. The harm that is being done to our nation by the Bush/Cheney regime is so outstandingly bad that the future of our nation is at serious risk. Mounting debt, threat of high interest rates and/or inflation, failing major industries, loss of competitive position, all threaten us.

On the positive side, many people who voted for Bush/Cheney are having second thoughts.

But what of the future? If voters continue to perceive political contests as TV game shows and vote for the more charming or better dressed candidate, as they did in 2000 and 2004, what will our future be? I fear that our Nation will go extinct, like the dinosaurs, the passenger pigeon and the dodo.

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