Our Nation Is Losing It

As the Bob Herbert’s fragment from today’s NY Times Op-ed below suggests, Americans are running scared — they are afraid both for themselves and the nation. Who knows what the outcome of the November elections will be? If the Republicans win one or both houses, they have no policies to solve our problems — more money blown on wars rather than creating jobs directed at repairing our deteriorating infrastructure. The rich will get richer and the rest of us will sink lower than we already are. Obama tried to reconcile our national interests with the Republicans, but they would have none of it. And they don’t look to have policies beyond buying the elections and smearing Obama and the Dems generally.

Were I younger, I would consider migrating to Canada where some of my students were driven when their visas ran out. How lucky they were!

We are in bad shape and as Herbert’s headline suggests: “Our Nation Is Losing It.”

How very sad and unnecessary. We are always living in the present moment and unlike Obama not seeing the long term consequence of our greedy ones short term grabs. We have been called now a “plutocracy.”

Check it out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutocracy

Such is far removed from a democratic republic designed to promote social justice for all.

Help!

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[From Bob Herbert today]

The voter unrest that is manifesting itself in myriad (and often peculiar) ways reflects a real fear that not just family finances but the country itself is in a state of decline. “I don’t know where we’re headed,” said a businessman named Chuck Carruthers, who chatted with me in a coffee shop in Atlanta last week. “But I’ll tell you the truth, I don’t think it’s anyplace good.”

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have come to grips with this fear, although the Republicans have done yeoman’s work exploiting it.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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