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sadly, it is not a matter of reality vs denial. it is a matter of debate framing. the fact that other industrialized nations have universal healthcare is irrelevant. the american mythology prevents any sort of discussion of actual issues. instead that very mythology states that NO MATTER WHAT we are exceptional. that said exceptionalism is based upon genocide of native peoples, wars of choice such as the spanish-cuban-american war, undermining of self-determination of other nations and geographic happenstance a la the u.s. economy being safe from impact by world war means nothing to the myth. the myth exists and as such can only be torn down through a massive program to do just that. and that ain't gonna happen.
it doesn't matter that the countries that practice family or stakeholder capitalism perform better for their citizens than the u.s. economy now does. it doesn't matter how many statistics regarding small businesses and universal healthcare are presented. it doesn't matter that china is waging economic war against the u.s.
NONE OF THAT MATTERS.
america is exceptional. america is the indispensable nation. imagine a world without america was that buffoon dinesh d'sousa did while wasting trees for such a nonsensical tome. cognitive dissonance and denial are symptoms of decline. expect more religious fervor as well as militarism. the decline path has been chosen. instead of a glide to a relatively smooth landing wherein some introspection occurs and a new america is born that discards exceptionalism a screaming straight down at terminal velocity has been selected wherein some few make as much as they can and then parachute out while the rest crash into chaos.
if we think that the great depression or the great recession or ww2 was horrific (and ww2 actually wasn't for america) wait 'til you see what happens when cherished illusions are stripped away.
THAT i don't want to be around for.
hunger games, divergent, ready player 1, pick any young adult dystopian novel or series and it will be nowhere near the reality.