We have the best armed forces in the world. We can blow up poorly armed peasants on the other side of the world who threaten our freedom. We can even blow them up before they threaten our freedom.
Presumably like every live being in the U.S. 65 or older, I recently received from the government a 152-page paperback book explaining to me the glories and the ins and outs of Medicare. Being of a perverse nature, I became interested in the numerous photographs of happy Medicare recipients and caregivers that were spread through the book to spice up the text. Of the people pictured, 23 are black, 17 are white, and 14 are Asian. There is one who might be Hispanic and one who might be a Native American. What might this statistical imbalance mean?
As is to be expected in an organization devoted to selling products, all the instincts of such men are commercial rather than political. They avoid confrontation and dogma, which would be taken by too many Americans as not nice and because they really have nothing to argue for. Debate and deliberation, which are the soul of democratic government, do not exist in national politics, largely thanks to the Republicans, for the Democrats, “the evil party,” do have a real constituency and ideology. Corporate managers do not argue with their accusers over facts and values—they launch an ad campaign to convey a likable image, insubstantial as that image may be in terms of ideas and principles.