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Nicely put.

I confess to feeling American "exceptionalism" when I was younger, but no longer. My switch probably occurred about the time (1972) I was working as a stock clerk with a guy who'd been on PBRs along the Mekong.

Anyway, I think too many of my fellow countrymen still have that particular virus, which isn't endemic to America (see the average Chinese citizen's response to complaints about Tibet), and I don't know how to inject realism as an antidote.


The problem is it is way too hard to do . That's why we don't do it ourownselves . Otherwise being so clearly good we would do that which needing doneness being as it were , was being done and ever shall be . So that wasn't so hard now was it ?


The 4 Ws and an H of journalism used to be:
Who, What, When, Where, and How?

Now it's:
Who, What, When, Where, and How Did That Make You Feel?

That's because it's hard work to independently investigate the cause of a fire, but real easy to ask a woman who's just watched a firefighter carry her child down a ladder, "So, how did that make you feel?" People's emotional reactions, which are actually pretty standard (you'd feel much the same way if it had been your child), are now considered the be-all and end-all of "news". This sad performance by the news media reinforces McCain's (and everyone's) sense that it's only our feelings that matter, not our actions and their effect on others' lives.

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