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What is Happening in America?

February 22, 2016
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News Analysis

Donald Trump won the South Carolina Republican Primary. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio tied for second place in the race. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has now dropped out of the race.

Trump, Cruz and Rubio are vying to see who can bash America the most. They portray a country destroyed by President Barack Obama. They say the country is on its last legs. Each of them says only one of them can save America.

The candidates want voters to believe the country needs a savior. A “larger than life” figure who will make America “Great Again.” It is nonsense. Why do so many people believe the nonsense? It is not because any of the candidate’s ideas make any sense.

They overlook one central fact. It is the people who have always been the strength of America. Their industry, production and ideas are what made this country great. The power of people in towns across America will continue to make this country thrive.

Yes, there are many people in this country who are not successful. They have low-wage jobs. They are not well educated. They sometimes are drug abusers. Sometimes they just have bad luck. For many, it is easier to blame their misfortunes on others, such as immigrants.

Hillary Clinton beat Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the Nevada Democratic caucus. Sanders says that the top “one percent” of the population is the cause of the nation’s problems. He calls this a “gilded age” in which big fortunes are in the hands of the few.

Silicon Valley is only one part of the nation. In fact, cities are reviving all over America. People are coming up with new, innovative ideas on how to make things and do things. Technology, healthcare, education and hundreds of other fields are thriving.

Republican John Kasich and Democrat Hillary Clinton have a different view. They are optimists. They believe in the peoples’ ability to solve the nation’s problems.

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