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  • The Confederate (Constitution) contained another great idea that would certainly upgrade our own Constitution: it limited the president to a single term of six years. The lousy second-term president is one of the great curses of American history. When loyalists chant “four more years” at party conventions, it’s almost like they’re hexing their subjects. From George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, the disappointing presidential encore has become a dismal tradition. Given this pattern, even the most loyal Obama supporter must wonder whether re-election in 2012 would be worth it.

    A Bad Document’s Good Idea, Disunion by the New York Times

    Disunion is really, really good, by the way. It may be the best reading/writing on the internet.

  • The heart goes where the head takes it, and neither cares much about the whereabouts of the feet.

    Dan Gilbert in Wandering Mind Is a Sign of Unhappiness, New York Times

    I think this is 100% true for me. I came to Spain hoping a change of location would be just the thing, but I may as well be alone in a tent somewhere in Antarctica. Nothing really changed.

    Where is my mind?

  • Americans have always had a strange attitude toward vacations. We think they’re a good thing — almost a virtuous thing. Expanding horizons, bonding with the family and all that. But we don’t take very many of them.

    Europeans have gotten way more time off for decades — just go over there and look this month. Nobody’s home.