January 23, 2009

Icland's Revlot

Protesters gather in Reykjavik as members of parliament gathered for their first session of the new year. Photograph: Halldor Kolbeins/AFP

While Barack Obama was being sworn in to office on Capitol Hill yesterday, the people of Iceland were starting the first revolution in the history of the republic. The word "revolution" might sound a bit of an overstatement, but given the calm temperament that usually prevails in Icelandic politics, the unfolding events represent, at the very least, a revolution in political activism.

Four months after the collapse of Iceland's entire financial system, no one has accepted any responsibility. Our currency has lost more than half its value, rampant inflation has already eaten up most people's savings, property values have dropped by more than a third and unemployment is reaching levels never seen before in the life of our young republic. (The complete article can be found here.)

It took years for this situation to unravel in Iceland, it did not happen overnight. Will America rise up before a preventable situation occurs like this in America? I'd like to think that we would rise up and challenge our ego-centric elite that currently occupy our government offices before complete and udder chaos unfolds.

Unfortunately, and as we have begun to see, "a nation that can delude itself about killing (unborn, euthanasia)finding murder acceptable, can delude itself about anything—the threat of terrorism, the stability of financial markets, the suitability of its new president." -Anne Conlon managing editor of The Human Life Review.

This delusion has reaped a harvest of pacifism and complacency. America has neglected to perform any due-diligence toward their own leaders, instead relying on voting in those who can bring home the most goodies or perform the best form of demagoguery. I hope America wakes up and comes to it's sense soon. Prove me Wrong America.

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