Thursday, January 10, 2008

Great (American) Expectations - Wall St. Journal Article 1/8/08

Certainly it was the best of times and the worst of times. Bret Stephens' review flawlessly covers the ongoing naïveté of an America that insists all is negotiable and that no one is irredeemably evil. It seems America is destined to decide all using emotionally naïve, black and white, media-driven inputs. Europe decides based on cynicism, cowardice and passivity. America is “change” at all costs – Europe is “no change” at all costs and the Arab world resists all change while demanding the West do all the accommodating.

Quite a triangulation that favors the extremists and sidelines the moderates, the majority. Perhaps democracy by the majority will only return after another four educative years of a Democrat Presidency, warts and all, and a resultant evolution of our naïveté into pragmatic conservatism. - Commentary: Great (American) Expectations*

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