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From ‘50s to today, denial remains our guiding principle

As usual, James Carroll accurately identifies America’s flaw (“Just a barefoot farm boy,” Op-ed, April 23). “Denial is the order of the day, everyday,” he writes, and who can deny it? We obliviously continue to conduct wars that are unnecessary. We denounce deficits, but refuse to increase tax revenues to pay for them. We block reforms of the banks and Wall Street that are needed to prevent another economic collapse. We allow more and deeper offshore oil well drilling, with no new regulations to prevent another Gulf of Mexico disaster, and on and on it goes.

There was a time when a Supreme Court justice was forced off the bench for accepting a gift, but today such transgressions are ignored. Wars were once vigorously protested in the streets by concerned Americans, and the protests were vividly reported by the media. But today, denial or indifference seems to be the modus operandi of America, and one wonders whether it's the political parties, the media, the education of the public, or all of the above that have changed for the worse.

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