Governor Ed Rendell to America - You are a bunch of wussies and China isn't

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
4th for 60 seconds EDITEDThe NFL decides to cancel the Sunday night game due to weather. Governor Ed Rendell (D) of Pennsylvania and columnist Will Bunch thinks that this signifies that we are a nation of wussies and that this why China is kicking our ass. His quote:
If this was in China, do you think the Chinese would have called off the game? He’s right, the people would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked, and they would be doing calculus on the way down.
Is this true? Der Spiegal has an article entitled 'A Superpower in Decline' where they posit that the American dream is, indeed, dead. Looking at  this depressing fact one might believe that it is:
The U.S. has 59 million people medically uninsured; 132 million without dental insurance; 60 million without paid sick leave; 40 million on food stamps.- Courtesy Alternet
Obviously our country is in trouble. We can have a debate as to why this is, but the simple fact is that we live in a nation without focus. We can rant and rave about the pablum that is Fox News, the vacuous nature of modern reality TV and the dismal state of public education in our country, but, I ask you, what have you done to make a difference?

I am just as guilty as you, preferring to drop a few dollar bills in the hands of charities and bitch and moan on my blog.  Over time I have began to realize that the biggest problem is not the ill-informed or the over-informed. It is the uninformed.

The ill-informed, particularly those on the right see the decline of US influence and are looking for someone to blame. The over-informed might see the decline of our country, bad, they have their own pet issues and that is more important than anything else1. The uninformed are the real problem. That don't see that the American dream is dead. They assume that everything is okay. That nothing has changed.

Everything has changed. The only thing we have going for us right now is that we are the world's largest economy and it is in the rest of the world's best interest to keep us afloat. Hopefully we haven't reached a tipping point, but I fear we have. I don't want to turn this into a post about the myth of American Exceptionalism, but we need to all open our eyes and figure out what we do next.

Hat Tip to Alternet.
1.) I have my pet issue of health care reform. It is how I judge candidates. Am I disappointed that we didn't get a public option? Yes. Do I blame the President? Look, I have understood from the beginning that getting any health care reform was going to be a process not an overhaul.


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