"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse [benefits] from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship." (author unknown) It's sad how Israel's elections are looking more like American elections -- heavy on TV sound bites and light on important issues. Voters in both nations must wake up and take things seriously. We have real enemies who really want to kill all of us. Really, what could possibly be more important than stopping them? All else pales in comparison. Anyone we elect should be a firm supporter of our military and assemble a strong team to handle terrorism with unwaivering resolve and guided by wise counsel. Clinton and Olmert did not and look what we got.