THE HEADLESS CRISIS

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 — a month before the congressional election, no less — I counsel sober restraint on the ironic gloating.

Sure, if the outing of U.S. Rep. Mark Foley’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, that’d be great, of course. But I don’t think we should get complacent.

What we mustn’t do is succumb to the illusion that democracy somehow takes care of itself.

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