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Response to CrowCityDem (Original post)

Sun Apr 10, 2016, 05:52 PM

7. If you're saying optimism for optimism's sake is an American hallmark,

maybe you are right. That's a dangerous trait, actually. As national sovereignty is being steadily replaced by global corporate/banking power, are Americans just wanting to stick our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich for the sake of putting on a happy face? Is it hard for Americans to take seriously and analyze why things are going wrong because it's considered in bad taste to be "negative"? Is there something in the American psyche (ego-driven) that prefers to not admit how bad things are because it might make one look like a crybaby? To not begrudge the hyper wealthy their wealth (no matter if it is ill gotten or not, and hyper wealth usually is ill gotten, by the way) because it might look like a case of sour grapes to another person or even to oneself? Or is it just abject fear that causes many middle class people to support an optimistic interpretation of reality because the realization that they are on their way to soon joining the multitudes at the bottom of the social/economic hierarchy is just too much to bear? Easier to commit to a fantasy than to try and alter the current reality, I guess.

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