Faux elections

Thomas Friedman explains why the Iranian elections are fake:

Iran’s ruling mullahs were always ruthless. But they disguised it a bit with faux elections. I say faux elections because while the regime may have counted the votes accurately, it tightly controlled who could run. The choices were dark black and light black.

Yes, this is completely different in the United States, where we have a wide range of candidates from across the political spectrum. When one considers the huge ideological gap that separated Barack Obama from John McCain in the last presidential election, how can one help but be grateful for the electoral freedom enjoyed by the American people?