Sunday, February 15, 2004
Rattling the Cage in the Year of the Monkey
Hello, my name is Ellen and I am a [recovering] Bushwhacker. Here in regime-change non-anonymous, I encounter the serenity to accept the things I cannot change (my brother), the courage to change the things I can (myself) and the wisdom to know the difference (ha!). It has been my lot want to make a difference and what I want is regime change in America. I'd like the ultimate crackpot out of office come election day and this creeping disaffection is finally oozing out from even his own supporters, to the glee of lefties--and even very sentient rightist--everywhere.
I've been in the People's Republic of China about a year and a half now and finally had the chance to visit the US for 17 days in January. Back home again. What a wonderful experience. I appreciated America more than I ever have in my entire life and when I got back, I appreciated China even more.
I came of age with the Jeffersonian ethic that dissent is the highest form of patriotism. But this is personal. It's frustrating, infuriating and often even hilarious (think black comedy) to witness the corrosion of that little remaining respectability about my homeland--represented by the (arguably) democratically elected head of state.
It seems like this farce, with a lot of hard work on the part of the loyal opposition, may be in it's final act. It's darkly gratifying to see the foreign press take him apart, while the American press picks at what we hope will be the bones.
From the Moscow Times (always a great read)
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