What will make America great?

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I was born in 1945, at the end of World War II, in New Hampshire. My dad lay in a Navy hospital bed in Texas until I was a year old – when I finally met him. I grew up steeped in patriotism. I knew that my country heroically helped stop Nazi and Japanese imperialism and successfully spear-headed the Marshall plan to rebuild Europe. I admired both Republican President Dwight Eisenhower and Democratic President John Kennedy. America to me was the greatest country in the world and a model for others to follow. Now I, like so many of us, have to ask the question:

Is a country great if:

Three individuals in that country have as much wealth as half the rest of the population?

Forty million people in that country live at or below the official poverty rate?

The country claims to be a democracy but nobody can run for national public office without raising a fortune from rich people and/or corporations?

Its medical health care systems rank last in the world among countries with similar GDPs per capita?

 

 

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