As I watch the new PBS series, "Makers: The Women Who Make America," which kicked off Feb. 26th, I am reminded of my encounter with one of those makers, Gloria Steinem, in the election battleground state of Ohio last fall.
Travelling back and forward between Tehran and the U.S. in 1980, I was struck by the total inability of Americans, even at the highest level, to understand the history that drove the hatred of all things American that had exploded in Iran.
It surprises me that during these times of economic distress, taxpayers don't protest with the upside-down logic of spending more money to lock people in cages while spending less money to educate people.
Carter recently met with Fidel Castro casually and at length in his living room. As before, Carter found points on which to praise the government, but it sounded more like diplomatic formalities than real points of consensus.
The U.S. seems to have already begun its own "lost decade." Unlike Japan, the U.S. is expending its precious resources on fighting two debilitating wars and maintaining a declining empire. If we're lucky we will be "lost" only for a decade.
Failed mining policy has destroyed our nation's natural heritage, ripped out the roots of the Appalachian culture, and left historic mountain communities in poverty and ruin. And now Obama only wants to "regulate" it.