Slavery Demonstrates the Power of DemocracyAm I the only person that finds this juxtaposition jarring?:
Allies like Virginia Republican Sen. George Allen say Rice will preview the theme of Bush's inaugural address -- spreading democracy around the world.
And they say Rice's personal story of growing up in the segregated South will help her carry that banner on the world stage.
As the American example of three and a half centuries of slavery and Jim Crow clearly demonstrate, democracy produces justice everywhere it flourishes. I like democracy as much as the next American, but (as I think segregation makes clear) anyone who thinks it fixes all humanities problems is fooling themselves.