Here is a very nice video that reviews the struggle within the US to do "nation building". It is a bit odd to watch this when you realize that for about a decade the US has been trying to do "nation buildling" in Iraq and Afghanistan. The joke is that it has taken two hundreds years -- so far -- in the US and the task is still not done...
Americans should toss out "Change you can believe in!" Obama and elect Carl Malamud as their next President. Carl Malamud gets it. Government is there to provide services to glue together the society and make life, liberty, and happiness a true possibility!
Ever wonder why the US looks like a pussy cat? Why international bad boys like Osama bin Laden, Kim Jong-il, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Muammar al-Gaddafi are not shaking in their boots? These rogues know just how incompetent and dysfunctional the US bureaucracy truly is. They know about the dysfunctional boondoggles that Carl Malamud reviews in gory detail.
Now... how does Canada get Carl Malamud's younger brother to come up here and take charge of government here? Yes, Canada needs a better civil society! We too have a dysfunctional government that calls out for change and the necessary fixes.