July 29th, 2004


U.S. Civics, Lesson One: Why there's no U.S. Embassy in D.C.

Late June 2004. I'm starting a week as an instructor for a group of straight-A, over-achieving student leaders who are spending a week in DC to learn how the U.S. government works.

The first day, one of my kids asked me, "Are we gonna get to see the U.S. Embassy?"

"No. We don't have a U.S. Embassy. We...live here. I know we argue a lot, but when you need an embassy to talk to yourself, that's usually time for a civil war. Then, depending on the outcome, an embassy might be appropriate."

I fear for our nation.