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  •  Such libraries are a bad development (4+ / 0-)
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    gravlax, JBL55, Silvia Nightshade, OLinda

    Long ago, presidents came  and went without being regarded as virtual gods. Sometimes, long after they died, they appeared on a coin or their homes were turned into museums, but it would have been though unseemly for the ex-president to go about seeking to be revered like the four guys now on stage in Texas.

    There is something inherently undemocratic about the way in which we treat chief executives as monarchs, and that includes building these shrine-like libraries where their memory or spirit or whatever is honored. I've been to four of these mausoleums and I find something unseemly about all of them, no matter whether I supported the particular president or not.

    The ever-growing concentration of power in the chief executive, in which each builds on precedents accumulated by his predecessor, is a genuine threat to democracy - and that threat is masked by all this idolization of presidents. Unfortunately, these shows are tailor-made for the media while the gritty and often corrupt business of federal and state legislatures is far too complex to merit the same attention.

    If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks. -Frederick the Great

    by Valatius on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 08:36:44 AM PDT

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