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The State of the Republic


The Czech President traditionally gives a speech before the Chamber of Deputies (the lower house of the Czech parliament) on the first of the year. This year was no exception. Here was the response of one listener (my translation from Czech Radio):

"After 15 years of freedom [a reference to the Velvet Revolution of 1989] and following Presidential speeches, I have never heard a speech with such little content of reality," commented Martin Komárek, chief commentator for [the paper] Mladá fronta Dnes. "In essence Mr. President said that last year nothing of import happened, that probably nothing of import will happen this year either, he praised people's virtues and criticized their weaknesses, and said that we should be kind to old people and go vote," he added critically.


It's so refreshing when politicians have such a strong hold on reality. Everything is perfect in the Czech Republic. As I read Komárek's responses to the speech, something struck me as (W)ee bit familiar. . . .

Prague Post response to Klaus's 2005 speech.

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