Monday, August 04, 2008

America as software

I think America is like a piece of very well designed software. In the beginning the framers of the constitution put every everything they could conceivably think of: freedoms of speach, religion etc; separation of church and state; checks and balances with the 3 arms of government. Truly, the constitution was a very well designed framework upon which to build a country. And that's what we did.

But like every piece of software, I am thinking the time is near for a redesign of America. If you are a software developer you know what I am talking about. You can only tweak a design so much before you have to start from scratch. It's like trying to make additions to a house. Sure you can do amazing things using your existing foundation but at some point you are gonna need to redo the foundation before you can make further changes.

Maybe I am wrong. Maybe I am just disillusioned with America. It's like dating the prom queen only to find out she's worse than the local "day time prostitute" (My Name is Earl). Growing up in Nigeria, America was like the epitome of everything right in government.
  • If you hear about someone getting beaten up in police custody you knew it couldn't happen in America (wrong: America now approves of torture).
  • If the current despotic dictator creates a decree and backdates it, you knew it couldn't happen in God's own country (wrong: they just passed a bill that retroactively protects telecom companies that helped the govt illegally spy).
  • If you heard about govt officials embezzling money, you knew that couldn't happen in the US of A (wrong: bridge to nowhere, cash in freezer, free home renovation for Sen. Ted Stevens).
  • When you heard of ignoramuses in power, you thought surely not in America (wrong: Brown in charge of FEMA, Sen. Ted Stevens in charge of regulating the Internet).