Beneath the scary headlines about the Patriot Act, government spying, or the evils of voting machines, the biggest, yet least discussed, problem with America’s electoral system is gerrymandering. Dims or Repugs: Our current system of two parties amounts to nothing more than a choice of being screwed with, or without, a lubricant. (Greg said that ought to be a QotD, but I’m giving today’s final word to one of history’s greatest orators.)
If you’ve ever wondered why Americans seem so ill-informed, here’s your answer. According to The Guardian, Newsweek‘s international editor, Fareed Zakaria, explained the difference in covers by saying that in the US, Newsweek is a mass market magazine with a broad reach, while overseas it ‘is a somewhat more upmarket magazine for internationally minded people.’
Quote of the Day:
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER,” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.