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I thought we export democracy

2004-09-28 , ,

It is sad that the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) [will be sending monitors to the United States](http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3666898.stm) this November to keep watch on our elections. Normally they advocate for the rule of law, civil society and orderly political process in places like Central Asia and Southeastern Europe but
they’ll be here in the United States. Our debacle in Florida and rampant irregularities in New Mexico (among other places) in 2000 are part of the reason but the hasty introduction of electronic voting machines also has them concerned.

I thought we export democracy (while we import oil and cheap manufactured goods).
How naive. How sad it is that we’ve been lumped in with Albania, Bosnia, Ashgabad and Tashkent.

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