This observation is not unique to me, but when I saw a story about Arab MK (Member of Knesset): 'I Advised PA to Kidnap Soldier', I thought again about part of the Islamist agenda, namely to turn democracy upside down and inside out. If this member of the Knesset can call for such actions against Israel and suffer no repercussions, then democracy moves one step closer to being the proverbial suicide pact. Not only are we wrestling with holding ourselves to the Geneva Conventions but not the enemy, but I think the Islamists desire to show that democracy doesn't work, that it is self destructive as an institution.
It is an "interesting" time. The Frisch episode with Protein Wisdom reveals how even the behavior of highly educated people can illustrate how fragile what we call "civilization" is. Surely, highly educated people, who live in freedom with the wealth of protections and advantages that our country provides, have an obligation to hold themselves to a different standard than child molesters.
The Kos Kidz pounce upon Lieberman with a vengence, even though having a Republican Senator represent Connecticut would be far worse for their agenda (notwithstanding Kos telling Tim Russert they'll support the Dems in November). This is partly politics as usual (Tocqueville was amazed at the viciousness of American politics before the election and the Americans going about their business aspect of the culture after the election). But that was referring to opposing parties. Today we face hightened intensity within the parties, e.g., immigration reform. To some extent, this is healthy. Important issues should be argued passionately. At what point does healthy debate morph into some kind of sickness? Individaully, we probably all have our markers for this. But does the culture? Can democracies, as a whole, maintain such "sickness" indicators in the New World?