After reading July 5 that an important clerical group in Iran declared the recent presidential election there illegitimate ("Former Iran PM Remains Unbowed"), I was heartened to think that democracy might actually prevail there -- that the thousands of people who passionately protested the result may have their day.
This country that George W. Bush wanted to attack is exhibiting a spirit that shames America. The spirit of independence lives in Iran unlike here, where we were humiliated and embarrassed to the world after two stolen presidential elections. And we are now dealing with their aftermath.
After the Democratic National Committee's backroom antics in May 2008 that assured Barack Obama's nomination, he is becoming, as I feared all along, Bush's third term. He just can't get it right -- from his failure to call for an investigation of Bush's and Cheney's crimes, for not taking a stand against and repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell," for continuing indefinite detention of prisoners at Guantanamo, for failing to emphatically support and demand a public option for health-care reform. And the icing on the cake: bailing out the banks that are now raising fees and interest rates on the people who are footing the bill.
What has happened to "hope and change?" Or was it all just "smoke and mirrors?"
Bad things happen when the election process is tampered with. Perhaps we can import several hundred thousand Iranians to protest and teach us the spirit of democracy.