5 November 2002
Decline and fault
Keith Olbermann asserts:
Take as your starting date almost any time since Lincoln was shot and you can trace an overall if not consistent loss of brainpower among the chief denizens of the White House. This is not likely to right itself.
I must have missed Warren G. Harding's Nobel Prize presentation somewhere along the way, but Olbermann insists that it's all perfectly obvious. Of course, Olbermann also thinks voting should be mandatory, a premise that is at the very least arguable.
If today's politicians seem to lack a philosophical bent, it's because so many of them think the basic issues are settled, and they're content to take their turns at the reins of the Nanny State. And as I get older and more contrarian, I become increasingly vexed with a political establishment which can argue with a straight face that one of the most important issues facing America today is how the government will help me buy drugs.