Thursday, December 13, 2007

Belgium ?


"... if this went on much longer, one institution after another falling into disrepute, something really scary might happen : we might almost have to conclude that the fault of things lay in with ourselves. It might be that the secret of the next presidential election, the secret of whay it was so important and why we so dreaded it, was that a Moment of Truth was upon us in a way it hadn't been since 1860, the last time the landscape of presidential politics fractured into an array of minority parties without a majority anywhere to be seen, electing in the process a President who provoked such hostility that half the country, you may remember, went to war with the other half."

Steve Erickson, writing about the American presidential elections of 1996 in his book American Nomad, Henry Holt & Company, New York, 1997, p. 14.

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