The Headless Crisis
Unprecedented election fraud demands we stretch the meaning of citizenship
By ROBERT C. KOEHLER
Tribune Media Services
October 5, 2006
As the party of torture and war profiteering finally founders on a scandal tawdry and trivial enough to achieve media staying power â€” a month before the congressional election, no less â€” I counsel sober restraint on the ironic gloating.
Sure, if the outing of U.S. Rep. Mark Foleyâ€™s gay chat-room banter with an underage congressional page brings down the Republican Congress, stops war with Iran, saves habeas corpus and wrests our democracy from the crowd that hates it, well, thatâ€™d be great, of course. But I donâ€™t think we should get complacent.
What we mustnâ€™t do is succumb to the illusion that democracy somehow takes care of itself.