Free Speech – 01/05/11

Is the U.S. crumbling?

If anything is clear, it is that George W. Bush and his band of psychopaths tipped us into an abyss and decades of exile from the company of advanced nations.

Banking and Wall Street abuses, skyrocketing health care costs and hollowing of our industrial base were crimes of omission and serious enough.

Then, having erased an inherited budget surplus he added the costs of wars and gratuitous gifts of tax breaks to the already super rich. An unprovoked (and crudely executed) attack on Iraq, a war crime comparable to Germany’s attack on Poland, stains us forever.

According to many studies, poor education renders us behind 15 to 24 other countries. While our K-12 education system is crippled, I cannot see how we will catch up in less than 30 years.  No doubt reflecting community attitudes, most of our 14,000 local school boards insist on religious, economic, and science backwardness while accepting poor performance.  How many decades to achieve an adult population educated to world class standards?

A country divided by unwarranted reliance on Fate, obsolete states rights doctrines, racism and weak education in science and critical thinking cannot keep up with nations not restricted by these myths.

Many would like to see us start to earn back respect by getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan tomorrow, making the adjustments needed to secure Social Security, and installing a full universal health care system ending the skyrocketing costs of care.

But chances of doing any of this are zero.

Meanwhile the world rushes to exploit our fall from grace.

Paul R. Cooper

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