Bob Herbert in his most recent NY Times column "Our Epic Foolishness":
For a nation that can’t stop bragging about how great and powerful it is, we’ve become shockingly helpless in the face of the many challenges confronting us. Our can-do spirit was put on hold many moons ago, and here we are now unable to defeat the Taliban, or rein in the likes of BP and the biggest banks, or stop the oil gushing furiously from the bowels of earth like a warning from Hades about the hubris and ignorance that is threatening to destroy us.
TerranceDC at Boomna Tribune adds:
It is the story of a great nation whose people for too long placed the reins of government in the hands of those who did not — and do not — "believe in" government, and left the public interest in the care of people whose primary interest was— and remains — profit.
The conundrum is what do we do to fix this, both Terrance and Herbert conclude America must demand leadership. The people need to voice their desire for greatness without a serving of "America Fuck Yeah!"
Over the past eight years we not only conceded the virtues of our nation to an administration full of deceit and corruption, we handed it over willingly. America was a catch phrase and that same sickening nothingness fully idealized by the Bush/Cheney administration is now perpetuated and propagandized by the likes of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh and the minions of Rupert Murdoch's Fox News. Stopping this monstrosity cannot happen over night, but it is the choice necessary to combat the haunting policies that have been contributing to the decay of our country.
Leadership must understand this element. It has to fore go bipartisanship for bipartisanship's sake. It has to call out the negligence of an anti-gubbament administration. It has to point out that a corporation by nature will not ever consider the well-being of man or the greater good. It is the only way we can get back to some semblance of our former selves. Whatever that may be I don't know anymore, but complacency won't solve a thing. And the American people must be willing to say enough or we are all epic fools.
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