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William C. Altreuter

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Mindful of the fact that there are some people who read Outside Counsel that don't read the KRAC Blog, I feel compelled to direct that set of readers to Tom Knab's excellent post citing Garry Willis op ed about what the election demonstrates that our country has become. "America, the first real democracy in history, was a product of Enlightenment values - critical intelligence, tolerance, respect for evidence, a regard for the secular sciences. Though the founders differed on many things, they shared these values of what was then modernity. They addressed "a candid world," as they wrote in the Declaration of Independence, out of "a decent respect for the opinions of mankind." Respect for evidence seems not to pertain any more, when a poll taken just before the elections showed that 75 percent of Mr. Bush's supporters believe Iraq either worked closely with Al Qaeda or was directly involved in the attacks of 9/11.

"The secular states of modern Europe do not understand the fundamentalism of the American electorate. It is not what they had experienced from this country in the past. In fact, we now resemble those nations less than we do our putative enemies."

The whole essay expresses better than I have been able to the despair I feel over what America now represents to the rest of the world-- and why. Go read it.

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