We should be ashamed

America’s Exploding Pipe Dream

By Chareles M. Blow, October 28, 2011

We are slowly — and painfully — being forced to realize that we are no longer the America of our imaginations. Our greatness was not enshrined. Being a world leader is less about destiny than focused determination, and it is there that we have faltered.

We sold ourselves a pipe dream that everyone could get rich and no one would get hurt — a pipe dream that exploded like a pipe bomb when the already-rich grabbed for all the gold; when they used their fortunes to influence government and gain favors and protection; when everyone else was left to scrounge around their ankles in hopes that a few coins would fall.

We have not taken care of the least among us. We have allowed a revolting level of income inequality to develop. We have watched as millions of our fellow countrymen have fallen into poverty. And we have done a poor job of educating our children and now threaten to leave them a country that is a shell of its former self. We should be ashamed.

Poor policies and poor choices have led to exceedingly poor outcomes. Our societal chickens have come home to roost.

This was underscored in a report released on Thursday by the Bertelsmann Stiftung foundation of Germany entitled “Social Justice in the OECD — How Do the Member States Compare?” It analyzed some metrics of basic fairness and equality among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries and ranked America among the ones at the bottom.

I could write (and have written) ad nauseam about our woeful state, but it might be more powerful to see it for yourself. So here are some of the sad data from the report.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/29/opinion/blow-americas-exploding-pipe-dream.html or http://nyti.ms/vxDWqL

Photograph by Claude S. Fischer:  http://madeinamericathebook.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/were-1/

 

Related Posts

Everyone roses Palm Sunday lessons from an unlikely Pontius Pilate By James Martin S.J., 10:16 PM ET, 03/31/2012 ... The story of the trial, crucifixion and d...
Sticks and stones and pepper spray Words! - A Poem By Samah Sabawi, 15:29 03/30/2012 ... I've been down this road before: Someone tries to teach me how to use words that can 'o...
Time to move along now… A prayer for America By Monsieur d'Nalgar ... I supposed it is heresy to ask, but why do we (the people) treat our Constitution as a sacred rel...
In the defense of racial segregation The Real Origins of the Religious Right By Randall Balmer, May 27, 2014   One of the most durable myths in recent history is that the re...
God, who has chosen us We have not survived Pharaoh By Yossi Sarid, 02:16 06.04.12 ... From Passover 1968 to Passover 2012 not much has changed. It feels, in fact, li...
Southern weed It's official.  We know now that there is nothing that will ever appease the nutters who desperately hate our President.  Frenzied conspiracy theo...
Impeached, or something Daily Mail Launches Weird Attack On Obama's Father By Jason Linkins, 04/29/11 11:40 AM ET ... Here's a clever thing the the U.K.'s Daily Mail d...
Vicious and exclusionary rhetoric The War On Religion Does Not Exist By Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, 03/23/2012  6:40 pm ... Apparently, attempts are underway to open a new front i...
Deep down, we long for Jesus Why millennials are leaving the church By Rachel Held Evans, July 27th, 2013 08:33 AM ET   At 32, I barely qualify as a millennial. I...
God gave us barley What Would Jesus Brew? Lots, beer makers say By Amanda Greene, March 23 ... All this talk of beer was making the former seminarian thirsty. ...

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2011/10/29/we-should-be-ashamed/

1 comment

    • Mike Nunn on October 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks to the Republicans we have almost reached bottom. I am sure they will be striving to make sure we do get there. Not all people are stupid, but stupid people are primarily Republican

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.