In Governor Schwarzenegger's speech at the RNC last night, he said:
"If you believe this country, not the United Nations, is the best hope for democracy, then you are a Republican."
For all the applause he got, it seems the audience overlooked the fact that Schwarzenegger's comment was profoundly anti-democratic. The clear implication of his comment is that one nation is better suited to deliver democracy to the world than a democratic assembly of all nations. History has not borne out this theory.
No single nation can be the best hope for democracy.
Governor Schwarzenegger's comment typifies the sort of simple-minded fearmongering so distasteful in recent Republican rhetoric. Schwarzenegger's comment was damaging and uncessary; it will only reinforce the perception that Americans are arrogant and uninterested in the rest of the world.