News coverage of G. Bush’s State of the Union speech recalls Jan. 2001 and The Onion’s famous story and headline:

Bush: ‘Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over’

No kidding. 9/11. Winning and then losing Afghanistan. An intractable war in Iraq. Worldwide contempt for the U.S. Contempt for the rule of law. Skyrocketing oil prices. A skyrocketing deficit. Still greater concentration of wealth in the hands of a few. More people without health insurance. A decline in real earnings for most American. Zip job creation. Illegal spying on citizens. Unlawful detainment. Torture.

Add your own treasured moment during seven years of The Uniter. The Party of Ideas at work.


Coincidentally, Cullen Murphy, author of “Are We Rome?” speaks about his book at the Clinton School at 6 p.m. tonight. It’s about the diseased body politic and parallels with the fall of Rome.