Debate on Democracy

Debate on Democracy

Bush in Russia.


Democracy in Russia now, Bush said,
Is shaky–causing Putin to retort
That Bush himself is hardly one to talk,
Since he was put in power by a court.

That’s right: This Putin talks as if the court
Decided on its candidate, then stretched
To find a way to justify that choice
By bits of law, no matter how farfetched.

Old cold war stuff, some said. They thought it droll
That Putin still could view our world so blackly
He’d think Bush got in office by a coup,
Which couldn’t happen here. Well, not exactly.

Dear reader,

I hope you enjoyed the article you just read. It’s just one of the many deeply reported and boundary-pushing stories we publish every day at The Nation. In a time of continued erosion of our fundamental rights and urgent global struggles for peace, independent journalism is now more vital than ever.

As a Nation reader, you are likely an engaged progressive who is passionate about bold ideas. I know I can count on you to help sustain our mission-driven journalism.

This month, we’re kicking off an ambitious Summer Fundraising Campaign with the goal of raising $15,000. With your support, we can continue to produce the hard-hitting journalism you rely on to cut through the noise of conservative, corporate media. Please, donate today.

A better world is out there—and we need your support to reach it.


Katrina vanden Heuvel
Editorial Director and Publisher, The Nation

Ad Policy