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    Wealth should not induce pride--we were blessed geologically and geographically--and we became rich.  Along the way--we killed off most natives, segreated the rest.  We "enjoyed" the cruelest form of slavery--needed a war to eliminate it--and continue to perpetuate it's negative effects.  We've polluted the planet  more per capita than any other country.  We've gone to war many times--usually for gain, rarely to save others.
    Our system of economics has now resulted in a hugely unequal distribution of wealth--out safety net is weakest of all the wealthy Western nations.  Our democracy has been slow to recognize the rights of women, gays, and minorities.  As a nation of immigrants, we blame newcomers relentlessly.  We still display the Statue of Liberty--why?
    No, I'm not proud of the above, if I were, I'd be less of a liberal--looking for change.  Money shouldn't buy love, respect, or pride.

    Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. John Kenneth Galbraith .

    by melvynny on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 02:34:34 PM PDT

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