Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Fareed Zakaria connects the dots!!

Sandy Levinson

Fareed Zakaria has indeed connected the dots in a remarkable essay in Time. We finally have a major-league pundit who is willing to criticize our 18th century Constitution. As we prepare for a government breakdown and the potential collapse of the world financial market should House Republicans refuse to increase the debt limit, will others join him in recognizing that the Constitution, in all too many ways, is comparable to the Articles of Confederation in terms of the dysfunctional political system it has helped (even if, surely, not solely caused) bring about? Or will we settle for almost pointless denunciations, depending on one's political views, of President Obama, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, etc. (Perhaps I should refrain from blaming "House Republicans" for threatening financial collapse, since a better-designed political system might have saved us from being held hostage by political and economic lunatics. I see no particular point in opening this short rant to comments. When I offer a more truly substantial argument, I will happily receive comments. The most important thing is to encourage everyonen to read Mr. Zakaria and to reflect on the rather dismal picture he paints of the present United States.

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