What lessons and values can we impart to nations looking to us for tips on Democracy?

The leading opponents of same-sex marriage planned to defeat campaigns for gay marriage by “fanning the hostility” between black voters from gay voters and by casting President Obama as a radical foe of marriage, according to confidential documents made public in a Maine court today.

There’s even a handy memo:

So the lesson for those countries who seek to emulate us (and really, with aspirants like Newt Gingrich how couldn’t you?) don’t just repress your opponents, have them repress each other.

That’s what American-style freedom is all about.