Ah Greece. Birthplace of Western Civilization; Cradle of Democracy. You did good for a few thousand years, but now it may be time for you to exit stage left from the very theater that you invented. The Founders of America always looked to Greece as a model of all that was good about democracy, and all that was bad about democracy. The bad usually outweighed the good, like the time you killed those generals because you didn’t like the calls they made on the battlefield (or sea, as the case was). Or when you put Nicias, the only guy who didn’t want to go to war with Sparta, in charge of the war with Sparta. That was great. Or when you killed Socrates because he was, you know, a gadfly.
Democracy, they say, is the worst form of government, except for all the others. After all, it’s strange to argue that people need government because they are basically selfish, materialistic, lazy and can’t live without it and then turnaround and give power to those same people who supposedly can’t control themselves in the first place. The American Founders looked to Greece for examples of what not to do if we wanted to make it as a country. And you still keep reminding us.
After having spent yourself to into oblivion (because who wants to elect leaders that might actually make you live within your means), you got a nice bailout from all your European buddies, including the frugal Germans who have the honor of playing Ant to your Grasshopper. Now with elections coming up, the leftist SYRIZA Party has proposed that if elected, they’ll bailout out on the bailout and refuse to pay back the rest of Europe. That’ll teach those other countries to flaunt their wealth by loaning you money! Obviously it was poor judgment of those European countries to loan you billions more, and they deserve to be stiffed. In the meantime, Greek citizens are pulling their money from banks and stockpiling food – all telltale signs of a well run democratic election.
Oh Greece, Socrates had it right. He had the luxury of dying quickly.