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Sunday, September 22, 2013
Miss America, Congress and Know Nothingness
The past week shows that America has a know nothing
problem that does not bode well for our future.It impacts both ordinary Americans and our Congressional decision-makers.
Miss America crown was won by Nina Davuluri, who is from India, yet we saw many Americans
outraged that a “Muslim” had won.Having
worked in India (and the Middle East), I know that Indians are Hindu, not
Muslim. But you don’t have to travel there to know the difference. Cultural
ignorance in the inescapable global economy in which we live is not a good sign.
Diversity has always been America’s strength, not a curse.
That bit of ignorance was joined by a Congress full of
members –all of whom have government paid health insurance -- who pledged to “defund
Obamacare.”The hypocrisy was missed by
those Americans who support the GOP attempt to repeal the law which would
return us to the days when insurance companies acted as death panels since they
could reject people for health insurance due to a pre-existing condition.Before the ACA people could have their
policies cancelled and run out of insurance when their lifetime limits were
reached – although Congress members have no such worries since they get
insurance regardless of their state of health.
How can Americans lead a world we know nothing about? In the 1850’s there was once a party called
the “Know Nothing” party. It was founded out of fear of Irish Catholics – the Muslims
of their day. Now we live in a country with citizens who know nothing about
other cultures but aren’t afraid to express their bigotry in social media. We have sororities of whites only in Alabama
decades after segregation was supposed to end. We have UT students dropping
ammonia on minority students.
Americans can tell you everything about “Duck Dynasty”
but can’t find Syria on a map despite our having been in next-door Iraq for
over a decade. Even members of Congress have
the same problem with maps and history. In Texas, we have political leaders and Board
of Education members who literally believe our 4 billion year old planet is
only 5,000 years old. Damascus, Syria,
China and Egypt each have cultures that are 5,000 years old (versus America’s
200-plus years). That is know nothingness at its extreme.
How many Americans know that we have over 2 million high-tech,
high-paying jobs available in America? How many know that the problem is that Americans
don’t have the skills to fill those jobs – whereas Chinese and Indians do?
We have a political process that has led to narrow, gerrymandered
Congressional districts where reps are chosen who have zero global experience
but sure know how to sell insurance and cars. They represent people who don’t
have the same insurance benefits Congress members have.
Finally, know nothingness has led to a faction in
Congress that would shut down government over defunding a healthcare law –
denying veterans food stamps, and the elderly their social security checks,
while members of Congress continue to get paid their $172,000 plus a year!
So does knowing nothing help Americans win the future?I recommend we get that knowledge if we
really want to lead a world – a world in which the U.S. is the only country
that doesn’t provide for its citizens healthcare.
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