June 18, 2008

ONE OF THE MOST DELICIOUS IRONIES OF THE IRAQ WAR...:

Democracy in Decline (Tony Blankley, 6/18/08, Real Clear Politics)

Democracy, broadly understood as government by the people being governed, has been the upward aspiration of Western civilization for about 1,000 years -- and of the rest of the world for about 100 years. Certainly since the Magna Carta in 1215; arguably going back another millennium to when the Germanic tribes selected their chiefs through a more-or-less popular rather than hereditary method. The pace quickened in our Revolution of 1776 and the French Revolution of 1789, advanced further with Woodrow Wilson's call for the self-determination of nations after World War I. The democratic urge gained further rhetorical support in the post-World War II United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 21:

"(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.

"(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.

"(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures."


..is that therein the parochial imperialist, George W. Bush, vindicated the principles of the UN Charter while the institution itself -- with Senator Obama's approval -- voted against them. Hopeless idealist indeed.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at June 18, 2008 9:09 AM

PAROCHIAL IMPERIALIST!

awesome. It's perfect.

Posted by: Benny at June 18, 2008 11:03 AM
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