For a funny guy, Bill Maher gets deadly serious sometimes. He did it again last week when he accused America of inertia in taking on the multitude of crises that face the country, from healthcare reform to global warming to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And it’s true. America can’t do a damn thing any more. Our government and our society seem completely immobile, paralyzed, incapable of acting, even in the face of danger. What is wrong with us? Maher suggests that Americans have been eating a diet of sugar and fat for so long that we are incapable of thinking, incapable of getting off our butts to make anything happen. Take his explanation with a grain of salt — pun intended. But take his point very seriously. What happened to the great Can Do country that was once America?

Even if they pass the shitty Max Baucus health care bill, it doesn’t kick in for 4 years, during which time 175,000 people will die because they’re not covered, and about three million will go bankrupt from hospital bills. We have a pretty good idea of the Republican plan for the next three years: Don’t let Obama do anything. What kills me is that that’s the Democrats’ plan, too.

We weren’t always like this. Inert. In 1965, Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law and 11 months later seniors were receiving benefits. During World War II, virtually overnight FDR had auto companies making tanks and planes only. In one eight year period, America went from JFK’s ridiculous dream of landing a man on the moon, to actually landing a man on the moon.

This generation has had eight years to build something at Ground Zero. An office building, a museum, an outlet mall, I don’t care anymore.

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