the new American pessimism

How nice it would be if our President leveled with us and told us that our deficit is caused in significant part by the wars we are fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the hundreds of military bases we are maintaining around the world, the huge tax breaks for the rich, and the bailout of Wall Street. As we know, we are not about to hear anything of the kind.

Charles Simic in this article goes on to talk about how the president won’t go there because to do so would doom his fundraising chances for re-election. This makes me sad, and concerned, because anger like this can be too easily co-opted by fascists and the like. And it’s unnecessary when telling the truth, facing it, correcting it could lead a rally and solidarity of purpose.


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