We Americans like to think of ourselves as special, that we are smarter, braver, kinder and more deserving than people in other countries. To prove this we act like children.
Spoiled children whose constant message is I want, I want, I want, and I want it right now.
Somehow during the George W. Bush administration we managed to ignore what direction our country was going in, maybe because we were being fed the opiate of the people that cheap and easy credit was, and by the time the bills came in it was too late to do anything about them.
When the bills did come in, we acted surprised and we demanded an instant cure for what ailed us, so we could enter a recovery period and go back to business as usual.
That's when the "doctors" sprang forth, and they told us they could make us well again if we'd follow their prescriptions, which were strict and expensive and might leave our pocketbooks empty. But we wanted to get well, didn't we, so that was the price we'd have to pay. And being the children we are, who believe in fairy tales and stories of big adventures, we accept their advice and don't ask for proof. We carefully avoid looking at the man or the men behind the curtain.
We are distracted by things like TVs and radios and their so-called news shows, and we adore our computers and our telephone cameras, because that's where it's at, isn't it? (Whatever "it" is.)
But don't hold your breath waiting for it to happen, as long as greed and selfishness and love of power still exist in our world, because the last time I looked those things weren't in short supply.