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Saturday, November 07, 2009


American exceptionalism

People like myself decry the concept of "American exceptionalism" (unlike Barack Obama, who proclaims his belief in it), but the U.S. really is an "exceptional" country. In how many other countries are there not one but two epidemics taking place? No, not H1N1. These:

Epidemic one - People going bankrupt and killing themselves, their families, or, as in yesterday's case, their ex-coworkers.

Epidemic two - People with medical expenses they can't possible pay, having to resort to inviting their friends to fund-raising events to help them pay. To quote a variant of the old bumper sticker, "What if the government funded health care and the military had to hold bake sales?"

To quote the Bard (Bob Dylan),

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

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