Only a REAL Journalist would ask this question: Is America playing with a Full Deck?Submitted by JohnPhillipSousa on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 14:50
A TALE OF TWO TALES; What Real World?:
By Fred Reed, Journalist, Veteran (Who, by the way, thinks Ron Paul is clearly the only one playing with a full deck.)
EXCERPTS ON THE AMERICAN NARRATIVE:
Underlying all of this [America's Narrative] is a profoundly moral view of America's place in the world. The United States does not fight, like the French, for glory or like the English, for empire, or like the Russians, to steal watches from the wounded. America fights against Evil, whether in the form of communism, terror, Islam, socialism, or the growing threat of enslavement by Chinese communism. These evils are real, Americans believe, immediate, and threaten us with tyranny.
The peculiar isolation in which Americans typically live shelters the national narrative. Americans are geographically isolated in that they can go nowhere without passports, which few have; linguistically isolated in that almost none speak a second language; and temporally isolated since few have even a rudimentary grasp of history. Add an odd lack of curiosity, apparenly based on a belief that the superiority of America is such that other places are not worthy of study. The result is a closed system.
This is the sort of moral mission that the Narrative demands. In the real world, one might as well give art lessons to a boar hog.