the people of iran show us how it's done

Last night, watching the streets of Tehran overflowing with protesters, people demanding election accountability, demanding change, I thought: this is what the United States should have looked like in 2000. If it had, maybe there wouldn't have been a second stolen election in 2004.

My mother used to say there would never be a revolution in the US, because people would miss their favourite TV show.

She was right. Our minds are so deadened from consumer culture, that as long as we can eat McDonald's, watch American Idol and buy ShamWow, democracy can go to hell.

I am hopeful for the people of Iran. I look at their courage and strength, at their numbers, and I envy them.

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