Ann Jones: Is This Country Crazy?

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By Ann Jones, TomDispatch  January 12, 2015
This piece first appeared at TomDispatch. Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here.  

 Americans who live abroad—more than six million of us worldwide (not counting those who work for the U.S. government)—often face hard questions about our country from people we live among. Europeans, Asians, and Africans ask us to explain everything that baffles them about the increasingly odd and troubling conduct of the United States.  Polite people, normally reluctant to risk offending a guest, complain that America’s trigger-happiness, cutthroat free-marketeering, and “exceptionality” have gone on for too long to be considered just an adolescent phase. Which means that we Americans abroad are regularly asked to account for the behavior of our rebranded “homeland,” now conspicuously in decline and increasingly

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  1. Obama has Bush for brains, both are idiots but leftist political correctness only allows direct insults to White Americans. Socialism and Capitalism have flaws. Obamacare grabs the flaws in theses systems, but fails to reform the healthcare industries biggest problems. The problems are complex but the implementation of Obamacare made things more complex.

    The marketing machine is the problem behind much of the problem , but Leftists in America feed off the marketing system. Oprah became one of the richest people in America by passing along costs to the consumer and she is a Obama – Leftist.

    I don’t care for Republicans either, but they do offer less hypocrisy. Writing from Leftist view as this article is just as bad as the Rightist view. You just have a different blindness.


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