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01 February 2008 @ 01:04 pm

Thinking back about various world events over the last seven years, one almost has to admire the good people of Kenya for taking to the streets in protest over an obviously-rigged election for chief executive.

Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Larry Sandersonlsanderson on February 1st, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Le Sigh
Primatives, obviously.

Fred A Levy Haskell: Can't sleep . . .fredcritter on February 2nd, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
Re: Le Sigh

So what you're saying, in other words, is:

The question is, are the Africans in Africa prepared for independence?
Do they have enough delinquents among their juvenile descendents?
Can they fill their air with smog enough? Their rivers with pollutions?
Are their citizens evolved enough for mental institutions?
Are they smart enough to know enough to regulate their taxes
So the poor can pay the rich to keep the poor flat on their axes?

Do they know how to destroy what they produce for their enjoyment?
Or employ enough machines to keep employees from employment?
Have the natives the intelligence, the … the native wisdom, or the dexterity
to establish atom bases as the base of their prosperity?
In essence, have we morally the right to even plan
to let the backward nations join the brotherhood of man?

That about it?

Larry Sandersonlsanderson on February 2nd, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
Pretty much. Bush woulda made a nice petty dictator for some country. Too bad we (and the world) ended up with him instead. Now if our TV "news" could only figure out what was news and what wasn't...
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 2nd, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Si!

For strange values of "nice" and all values of "petty." Yes. Exactly. He could walk around in that flight suit all the time—even have rows and rows of Special medals on the breast of it. He'd no doubt like that. Swagger, don'tchaknow.

As you say, 'tis a darn shame all around that he was born in this country. Or, come to think of it, at all.

TV "news"? Heh. It's what ya get when ya let a few conglomerates buy up all the media outlets. Businesses, as all other organisms, seek to preserve their existence and increase their size, stature, and ability to control their own environment to their benefit. No surprise. Another of the … benefits … of deregulation gone amuck.

If cooler heads ever again prevail, their first comment may well be along the lines of "United States—you got a lot of 'splainen to do…"

kip_wkip_w on February 2nd, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 2nd, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)

Yeah, well…

richardthe23rdrichardthe23rd on February 4th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Now, now, Fred. Almost eight years ago, the good people of this country not only took to the streets to protest the mere counting of votes, their boss was happy enough to fly them to another state to do it.
Fred A Levy Haskell: D'oh!fredcritter on February 5th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)

Oh, gosh, you're right. I guess I got a little carried away in my own little fantasy for a moment there.