Americans have been treated with contempt for so long that we have become inured to our own society's suffering
Saturday September 20 2008
Article history: This article appeared in the Guardian on Saturday September 20 2008 on p36 of the Comment & debate section. It was last updated at 00:13 on September 20 2008.When we are offered a John McCain, who is too old for the job (and I cherish old age and old men but not to lead the world when it is ailing), or a George Bush, or a Sarah Palin, how unloved we are as Americans becomes painfully plain. McCain talks of war with the nostalgia and forgetfulness of the very elderly; Palin talks of forcing the young to have offspring they neither want nor can sustain; both of them feel at ease, apparently, with the game in which their candidacy becomes more of a topic of discussion than whether the planet has a future under their leadership.
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