Monday, September 29, 2008
Visiting the Soon-to-Be Ruins in DC
I spent the weekend in DC with James as it was my birfday and he (correctly) thought that I would enjoy seeing the pandas at the National Zoo and checking out some of the museums. Did I mention he got us tickets to see Kathy Griffin as well? We'll get to that in a minute.
With all the talk about our country being on the brink of serfdom to new world powers, I kept looking around at all the impressive monuments in our nation's capital and wondered: Is it really curtains for America? Are the Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial all headed the way of the Colosseum, the Sphinx or the Parthenon?
When you think about the trajectory of ancient superpowers - Egypt, Greece, Rome - you realize that the story of U.S. might represents a minute or two in the grand scheme of history. If you believe that history does repeat itself, you have to ask yourself how long will it be before Mandarin becomes the world's official language of trade?
Something isn't right in our country and it goes beyond the ridiculous bail out that goes against the "pick yourself up by the bootstrap" ethos of the Republicans. It's the propagation of unnecessary war , it's stubborn foreign policy and it's eight years of inept leadership - and the complicity of an equally dim witted people - that have turned America into a punch line for the international community.
OK, I promise the next post will be more fun...