"America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but it's people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves. To quote the humorist Kin Hubbard, "It ain't no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be." It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their "betters". The meanest eating and drinking establishment owned by a man who is himself poor, is very likely to have a sign on it's wall asking this cruel question: "If you're so smart, why ain't ya rich?" There will also be an American flag no bigger than a child's hand glued to a lollipop stick and flying from the cash register."
Slaughterhouse Five---Kurt Vonnegut, American author and WWII POW. In other words, How about a little empathy and perspective?
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