The problem is much bigger than campaign financing
It would be a compliment to say that America has Third World–class politicians, economists, journalists and historians. See, those Third World countries like China and Brazil have actually grown over the last few decades, while America lost her vigor and vitality.
The American leadership has been chronically inadequate. Here are some specific questions to point out the failures:
What was the last war that actually bestowed benefits upon any side involved in a bloody conflict?
What political party warned that the export of US jobs would be extremely harmful in the long term?
What president warned us that budget deficits would hurt the US economy in the long run and refused to sign the bill to reduce them?
What renowned, Nobel Prize–winning economists warned us pre-emptively about the deadly consequences of the housing bubble and get-rich-overnight, profit-only-driven mentality?
What influential mainstream media spared no effort to warn America about the looming catastrophes and devoted the majority of their programming to fulfilling such objectives?
The depressing answer is, nobody. All of them adopted a short-sighted, selfish, opportunistic and non-confrontational mentality. All relevant hiring, promotions and nominations were handled in the same spirit.
All the whistle-blowers were meticulously silenced, obstructed, unpublished or ignored.
Unfortunately, the same policies are still being implemented.
Oct 21 2010 - 2:40pm