Vaclav Havel – Plato’s “Playwright President” (December 19, 2011)

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C          “The American republic elects showboats and con artists to political office.  The Czech people elevated Plato’s ‘playwright president’ to office to aid in creating a democratic republic.”

D          “Someone from the world of movies and television could succeed in American politics but not someone from the world of arts and letters.  He straddled the worlds of poetry and politics.”

C          “Our politicians should be in prison for the crimes they commit in our land every day.  Havel went to prison for years to protest the crimes committed by the politicians in his homeland.”

D          “And fostered the Velvet Revolution.  America needs to foment a Velvet Revolution.”

C          “Our revolution will not be as smooth.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Vaclav Havel – Nobel Peace Prize Recipient in ?

European is lost; Europe is lost

Run that by me once again.  Why would Congress send to the President the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that makes possible the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens suspected of terrorist activities without due process in situations authorized by the President?  The 13 senators who voted against the bill: Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).

[See the “e-ssays” titled “Republicans are Enemy Combatants? (May 10, 2010)” and “Gun Control, NRA Style (January 9, 2006).”]

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