Understanding America

(1) Even after all the carnage of the 20th century, approximately half of all Americans who have died in wars died in the Civil War.
Andrew O’Hehir, Salon, July 9

(2) On June 24, I asked:

Is it not strange that a few million Americans are prepared to vote for Trump when the image of his face is in dramatic contrast to what the movies and advertisers consider acceptably attractive?

Mike Holliday answered:

No, it is not strange. The established political powers have so analyzed and refined their pre-selection processes that they have produced a class of people who are so similar in their appearance, speech and policies that ordinary folk have rebelled. The vast majority of voters now believe that all politicians are liars and avaricious and anything that looks different – even Trump – is a welcome change.

That idea had never occurred to me.

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2 responses to “Understanding America

  1. Re (1) above, here’s another statistic, from Making a Killing, by Evan Osnos, in The New Yorker, June 27, 2016: More American civilians have died by gunfire in the past decade than all the Americans who were killed in combat in the Second World War.

  2. Michael Gundy

    At this happened in a country with 300 million guns in private hands.