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February PCDO Meeting on the President's Mistakes

by Anne Waldron Neumann

At the PCDO’s February 26 meeting, Congressman Rush Holt, Princeton University history professor Sean Wilentz, and Princeton University researcher and economist Robin Wells discussed how George Bush has damaged America. The evening’s real topic wasn’t Bush’s mistakes, however, but whether the damage is reversible.

Rush Holt, who spoke first, argued for reversibility. He hardly touched on current damage but reminded his audience that America has endured shame before: the predations of robber barons and our internment of Japanese Americans, for example. The greatest human invention, however, is America’s constitutional system of government. When our rights are endangered, Holt said, we have always restored them, through legal action, new legislation, or changed public mentality.

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