History can teach us things. Knowing what has gone before is supposed to help us to not recreate the same errors made then. Our planetary ancestors (not necessarily direct biological ones) also had some pretty good ideas that might bear some reconsideration.
For instance; Take the issue of Akhenaton the "Heretic Pharoah" who during his reign repudiated ALL the other gods in the Egyptian pantheon and proclaimed that only the sun - "Aton" was god.
Once Akhenaton died, the old religion returned to Egypt, and the name of Akhenaton was chipped off of all his monuments, his statues and artwork were systematically destroyed and any references to him were removed.
I'm thinking this would be a good thing for the United States to take note and emulate. On January 20, 2009 - assuming (big assumption) that GWB voluntarily relinquishes control of the office of the Presidency - the record of the list of Presidents of the United States should start with George Washington, continue on through Lincoln, all the Roosevelts, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, George HW Bush, Clinton, then a big blank space, then the name of the 44th President.
So America will now count 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45.... Just like in tall buildings where it goes from the 12th floor to the 14th floor with nothing between!
Imagine the number 43 becoming as ill-omened as the number 13. No more Triskaidekaphobia - we will have 43aphobia!!
I got lost on the way home from Glen Ellyn last nite. I'm tired. I'm punchy. Cut me some slack, k? *grin*
OOOH - and another idea just hit me - they rescinded all the "Aton is the only god" stuff after Akhenaton died - so like... maybe on Jan 21 we could reverse the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and anything else the Shrub signed?