I am almost as sick of the word "crisis" as I am of the words "recession," "economy," and "terrorism." I feel that our attention is constantly diverted away from real issues and that we are willfully granting more power to an incompetant government. Of course, it does give us a glimpse into the reality of how truly fragile the fabric of society is in a corrupt republic. Did we learn nothing from how Hitler lawfully came to power in what was once the most liberal nation in Europe? As John Adams said, "There is never a democracy that did not commit sucide." Perhaps this is karma.