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Thursday, January 06, 2005
Don't criticize the process, because people might agree with you, says congressman Blunt
In a foxnews.com story about the brief delay in the coronation of American Lord and Savior George W. Bush, there's this interesting bit:
Added House Majority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri: "Every time we doubt the process, we cast doubt on that fabric of democracy that's so important ... people do need to have confidence that the process works."Let's think this over...
It is true that "Every time we doubt the process, we cast doubt on that fabric of democracy" if and only if "democracy" is defined as merely being about elections.
More importantly, what is so wrong about casting "doubt on the process"? If it is a flawed process, and democracy in the U.S. of A is flawed, people should "doubt" it. If you don’t believe that -Blunt apparently doesn’t- you are saying the system should not be criticized and people need to believe in the system even if it should be doubted.
That neither the general public nor the media, mainstream or otherwise, is outraged by Blunt's comment is indicative of the sad intellectual state of the United States.
This is a lot like the idiotic calls to "support the troops" unconditionally, the suggestion that Bush, as a president, inherently deserves respect and… well pretty much every aspect of the "war on terror." The idea that things could be different is implicitly discredited by an equally implicit statement that things aren't going to be different.
I guess this is just the norm under Bush.
UPDATE: The title of this entry when first posted was "Aren't politicians supposed to avoid actually saying this sort of thing." I changed it, and some other details of the post, to better express my point of view. 5:36 p.m. 01/07/05