Reason.com is doing a feature on Man of the Year. Here’s my 2 cents:
George W. Bush is Man of the Year for vindicating cynics everywhere. Bush’s trumpeting of his illegal wiretaps and his championing of torture should quash mindless idealism about democracy. Bush capped off the year by impaling the Bill of Rights on the Military Commissions Act.
Unfortunately, few people are giving credit to Bush for teaching Americans that most of what they learned in school about democracy is balderdash.