‘Iran Must Begin Acting Like a Normal Nation,’ Says Totally Normal Nation

Caitlin Johnston mulls what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s vision for Iran might really mean. 

By Caitlin Johnstone

The government which runs a globe-spanning empire led by a reality TV host keeps talking about the lack of normality in the nation of Iran.

“What we want all countries to join in,” said State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus in a recent Fox News interview, “is to help us not only to de-escalate any tensions with Iran, but to help us bring Iran to a place where they are ready to stop their terrorist and malign behavior, and where they are ready to discuss with the United States, with Europe, with everyone, about how they can change their behavior to act like a normal nation.”

“We want Iran to simply behave like a normal nation,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press statement the other day. “We believe that the sanctions we imposed today further that strategic objective.”

These would be the additional sanctions which have been expanded to include virtually the entire Iranian economy, deliberately targeting Iran’s already sanction-starved populace, with the explicit goal of fomenting a civil war in that nation.

Which is of course a perfectly normal thing to do, from a perfectly normal nation.

This would be the same Iran whose cultural heritage sites were threatened with destruction if it retaliated for the totally normal assassination of its top military official via flying robot. The same Iran whose financial system was just threatened with destruction using the totally normal hegemony of American central banking. Perfectly normal, perfectly healthy.

So, what can Iran do to become a “normal nation?” Well, since it’s the United States making this demand, we can safely assume that it’s the model Iran should look to.

In order to become a normal nation, Iran will need to expand its interests from the region and begin toppling noncompliant governments and invading nations all around the world.

In order to become a normal nation, Iran will need to circle the planet with hundreds of Iranian military bases.

In order to become a normal nation, Iran will need to obtain thousands of nuclear weapons, and actually use a couple of them.

In order to become a normal nation, Iran will need to become the most dominant military, economic and cultural force in the world, and then use that dominance to destroy any government, political party, ideology, faction, movement or person who stands in its way.

In order to become a normal nation, Iran will need to arm violent extremist factions all around the world with the goal of eliminating all governments that refuse to bow to its interests.

In order to become a normal nation, Iran will need to become the dominant producer of films, music and TV shows and use this influence to propagandize its power structure’s ideology to every possible cultural sphere.

In order to become a normal nation, Iran will need to begin meddling in scores of democratic elections all around the world and then crying for years at the possibility of any nation returning the favor.

In order to become a normal nation, Iran will need to shore up economic control of the world so that it can crush any sort of disobedience by starving civilians and depriving them of medical care while pretending that it’s a force for peace.

In order to become a normal nation, Iran will need to indefinitely occupy a vast region on the other side of the planet with thousands upon thousands of troops and trillions of dollars in military equipment, to no benefit of a single ordinary Iranian, and against the will of the people who live there.

In order to become a normal nation, Iran will need to create a presidency led by a reality TV star oligarch who is only supported because Iran’s populace is so disgusted with the status quo of their government.

I am kidding, of course. The U.S. government does not want Iran to become like the U.S. The US government does not want any nation to become like the U.S. The U.S. likes its abnormality among nations just the way it is, thank you very much. The U.S. is the exception to all its own rules. That’s how American exceptionalism works. This is one of those “do as I say, not as I do” situations.

The U.S. doesn’t want Iran to be like America. The U.S. wants Iran to be like the other nations which have allowed themselves to be absorbed into the blob of the US-centralized empire.

The U.S. would be perfectly happy for Iran to begin acting like Saudi Arabia: arming terrorist factions, beheading heretics, committing war crimes and deliberately creating humanitarian disasters for geostrategic convenience, yet aligning fully with US military, financial, and resource control agendas.

The U.S. would be perfectly happy for Iran to begin acting like Israel: a nuclear-armed military outpost which constantly bombs adjacent nations, interferes in the U.S. and other nations’ politics to shore up support, works toward the slow extermination of its indigenous population and fires upon protesters with live ammunition.

The U.S. would be perfectly happy for Iran to begin acting like Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand or the EU: obedient military/intelligence assets who function as extra American states when it comes to foreign policy and international affairs.

That is what the U.S. means by acting “normal”. Not acting moral. Not acting healthy. Certainly not acting like the U.S. It means acting obedient, compliant, and enslaved.

Which is precisely what Iran is resisting.

Caitlin Johnstone is a rogue journalist, poet, and utopia prepper who publishes regularly at Medium. Follow her work on FacebookTwitter, or her website. She has a podcast and a book Woke: A Field Guide for Utopia Preppers.” 

This article was re-published with permission.

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41 comments for “‘Iran Must Begin Acting Like a Normal Nation,’ Says Totally Normal Nation

  1. Kieron
    January 18, 2020 at 12:19

    Absolutely hit the nail on the head, as usual. However, the control of a nation is achieved by controlling the media.. Of course we all know this, how do we break into the media bank that the controllers hold the combination to ?

  2. Vera Gottlieb
    January 17, 2020 at 15:58

    Might be an excellent idea if the US started listening to the advise it gives others and implement them.

  3. Christine Haverington
    January 15, 2020 at 12:26

    “Normal nation,” meaning white, mostly male, Christian, corporate oligarchy?

  4. anti_republocrat
    January 14, 2020 at 22:58

    “Which is precisely what Iran is resisting,” and they’re doing a fine job. A “normal” country might have provided no warning for the missile attack on Ein al-Asad, which would have resulted in thousands of casualties, but Iran does NOT want to precipitate a general war that would result in hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of dead. They DO want to deter an attack on Iran that would force them to retaliate in kind, and they DO want the US to go home.

    The demonstration at Ein al-Asad was masterful. They hit living quarters, demonstrating to ZUS leaders that if Iran had attacked without warning there could indeed have been thousands of casualties. They used only a handful of missiles not equipped with their largest warheads. Until now, it was believed they would have to resort to a “swarm” attack to overpower missile defense systems. ZUS leaders now understand that almost all missiles will penetrate their defenses and they will hit their targets with precision. They have demonstrated a very powerful deterrent, while allowing Trump to de-escalate while saving face. This alone is a game changer.

    They have proven to any thoughtful observer that Iran does not need a nuclear deterrent, because with thousands of precision missiles dispersed in mobile launchers all over Iran as well as in Hezbollah’s bunkers, they can absorb a first strike and still deliver retaliation that could well destroy Israel’s military capabilities and make it vulnerable to invasion. Israel can destroy Iran, but it would also bring an end to the Zionist project. So Israel might not be pushing quite so hard for the US to attack Iran in the future, and Khamenei’s ban on nukes has gained credibility. Years ago, he declared nuclear weapons to be “un-Islamic,” but people still believed Iran wanted them for deterrence. We now know they don’t need them even for that.

    Indeed, though Iran has said the JCPOA is now dead, they have not and will not renounce their participation in the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and will continue to cooperate with the IAEA. While I still support Tulsi Gabbard, I was sorry to hear her confusion on that point, and that of her fan, Niko House. The real issue has never been nukes. That was always a smokescreen. The real issue was always Iran’s growing conventional military, particularly missile capability. That’s why Trump has been insisting that missiles should be part of JCPOA. Iran will never agree to that, nor should they. They need that deterrent, and now they have demonstrated it. A “normal” country would be pursuing nuclear weapons for a deterrent like DPRK, but Iran does not want to be “normal.”

    • Hank
      January 15, 2020 at 11:33

      The REAL issue in all this mess is the USA’s blind subservience to ANYTHING that Israel demands! The first step in retuning the USA to its rightful owners, the tax-paying citizenry, would be to disallow ANY dual-citizenship person in the government’s high decision-making apparatus! All the talk about Iran being the “foremost sponsor of terrorism” is 100% BS lies! Do we not have international laws that guide the veracity of claims made by high-powered individuals in governments? All I have seen in my life(I am 68) is a nation(USA) that is constantly looking for military engagement, trying to come up with “justifications” to further fatten the financial coffers of the military/industrial mafia. In truth, Americans DO have a mafia-like government that will have to be dealt with before ANY peace is possible on this planet! Any candidate who would espouse indicting officials for lying and trying them for high crimes against humanity would certainly be someone I would vote for in the future. Any vote for either a Democrat OR a Republican is just a rubber stamp for more of the same deception and brutality that the USA now leads the world in exporting!

    • elmerfudzie
      January 15, 2020 at 13:16

      To Anti_republocrat from elmerfudzie, Your pseudonym gave me a chuckle. Thanks. That said, let me add the following in response. There is nothing noteworthy about a possible war with Iran. Iran happens to be another country in a string of second and third world countries that, as fate would have it, are outside total control by Western Occident banksters and boardroom members. However capital control is only half the story, the other half concerns the political-military side of this equation, often referred to as the Rumsfeld-Cebrowski plan and Thomas P. M. Barnett’s shape of the projected future world to come and a map of it, created by the Pentagon, of course. Interested observers such as economists, various military, professional strategist(s), academics and so on may point to the Swift exchange, the reserve currency status of the USD, still others, any action that coordinates monetary policy between federal reserve banks, International Monetary Fund and or The World Bank as the principle reason(s) for frictions between the US and Iran. In any case, whether or not a missile has a nuke on it, is faster or more accurate or has been manufactured in greater numbers belies the fact that it is, once again, the banking cartels who decide when or if the button is pushed that initiates a major war. One need only examine the historical roots of WWII and Franz Von Papen connection. He, a German nobleman, Chancellor and military attaché, closely linked to big bankers and industrialists, like Krupp and Farben, was eventually indicted trying to blow up Canada’s Welland Canal (Lake Erie). One may assume that a similar cabal of bankers, today act in the spirit of Franz Von Papen, perhaps orchestrated, the killing of President Lincoln over the green back controversy, Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination and WWI, 911? the Soleimani assassination? the general public (may) find out the truth in the distant future.

    • Joe T Wallace
      January 15, 2020 at 19:53


      Superb posting!

  5. Jim
    January 14, 2020 at 17:57

    Brilliant, Caitlan, mate. That the “ journalist” didn’t say the same speaks volumes on the crap that mainstream journos practice.

  6. January 14, 2020 at 15:39

    That’s what Iran would have to do be an Exceptional nations. Normal nations are like Germany and the UK that let the Exceptional nation do those things.

  7. Jeff Harrison
    January 14, 2020 at 15:22

    Indeed, Caitlin. A more explicit statement of what I thought the first time I heard Pompous come out with that BS. Of course, you realize that because the US and only the US is exceptional, we are beyond even primus inter pares.

  8. Michael Crockett
    January 14, 2020 at 14:58

    The Empire hopes that its campaign of destabilization, regime change, war and chaos will prevent Russia and China from implementing diplomatic and economic solutions that could cause peace to break out in the ME. Russia put down a marker in Syria by accepting the Syrian Presidents request for Russian military assistance. China with their BRI will expand trade throughout the ME and surrounding regions. Iran and its aligned forces in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen combined with determined support from the two other super powers creates a greater axis of resistance that may yet prevail against the Outlaw US Empire. Many thanks for your article Caitlin. You expose the Orwellian contradictions of the sick and twisted US leadership better than any other journalist today.

  9. Michael Rohde
    January 14, 2020 at 14:48

    Bravo Caitlin. Iran is an ancient culture that much like China, has its’ own way of doing things developed over the millennia. Our own cultural history, around 400 years, has much to learn from peoples who have been there before us. The east in particular looks upon us as meer upstarts staggering around the globe upsetting other people’s apple carts our of ignorance and hubris. We don’t own the world. We just have the most big bombs. We could save ourselves lots of grief and money by trying to get along with them rather than our current racist policy of economic subjugation. Show me an empire that did not come to ruin by ignoring that lesson.

  10. Drew Hunkins
    January 14, 2020 at 14:45

    In order to become a normal nation, Iran would have to have private tyrannies spending millions of dollars annually to buck union drives: See:yahoo.com/news/fedex-mounts-big-money…

    • Hank
      January 15, 2020 at 11:38

      Just the fact that the USA is defining what is “normal” by definition makes it a tyrannical form of government!

  11. robert e williamson jr
    January 14, 2020 at 14:35

    My normal is still “normal” and I still know shit from “Shine-ola”, or the truth as opposed to lies and obfuscation in this wrongly called post truth era.

    The”truth” problem started here in the U.S. when Robert Blum and Allen Dulles hijacked the CIA by forming it in their vision. It’s those very troublesome “secret sources and methods”.

    Many many years ago Bill Moyers stated that a democracy cannot exist when it has a secret arm of government. I believed him then and I believe him even more now. Moyers said: “The secret government has no constitution.”

    It is the height of hypocrisy for anyone ever connected to or working for the current U.S. plutocratic dictator to speak of normal in any sense of the meaning of the word when referencing themselves or others. I’m starting to think I should extend this claim to include anyone who has worked in government any longer than JFK did.

    Catlin thanks again for some words of sanity in a increasingly insane world.

    • Hank
      January 15, 2020 at 11:37

      “The secret government has no constitution.”

      Neither does the not-so-secret government!

  12. firstpersoninfinite
    January 14, 2020 at 14:31

    Well, Caitlin hit it out of the park with this one! Logic is a cruel tool for “exceptional” empires.

  13. alley cat
    January 14, 2020 at 13:44

    The US government apparently lured Iran’s implacable enemy of terrorism, Qassem Soleimani, to Baghdad on a diplomatic mission and there bushwhacked him, which is an object lesson on how normal, civilized nations ought to behave toward abnormal, uncivilized opponents of empire. Emperor Trump, a normal, reasonable man who favors murdering the families of evil-doers like Soleimani and who has the best interests of the Iranian people at heart, announced his intention to destroy Iranian cultural sites unless Iran agreed to behave more normally by submitting to US rape of its natural resources.

    Pompeo, another normal, reasonable man, merely asks that Iran’s leaders lie, cheat, and steal like he and other normal leaders do—or else!

    In 1951, the democratically-elected Mohammad Mossadegh did a very abnormal thing when he nationalized British oil companies, who were doing the normal, civilized thing by looting Iran’s natural resources. US oligarchs responded in a normal, civilized fashion by replacing the uppity Mossadegh with a normal, civilized, blood-thirsty despot who faithfully funneled Iran’s wealth to them during a reign of terror that lasted a quarter of a century.

    The only Iranian who had the tenacity and moral stature to overthrow the US sock puppet turned out to be the incorruptible (i.e., abnormal) Ayatollah Khomeini.

    And that’s the CliffsNotes version of how Iran became such an abnormal, uncivilized nation, as opposed to normal nations like the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.

  14. rosemerry
    January 14, 2020 at 13:43

    Great article. One quibble-one of the links (“The same Iran whose financial system was just threatened with destruction”) was actually Iraq, a US ally, which has survived thirty years of US help(!), whose PM has also been threatened with disruption of his rule and murder by the stable genius and whose predecessors had put the Iraqi oil money in the NY Federal Reserve, so financial ruin could now crown the US-Iraq relationship.

  15. Rob Roy
    January 14, 2020 at 11:51

    Caitlin hits the nail on the head once again. Thanks for this brilliant take-down of a country that is out to destroy itself and the world.

  16. Donald Duck
    January 14, 2020 at 11:21

    Yes it is quite normal to pursue an undeclared war, a war at all levels, propagandistic, economic, and kinetic warfare, with a view to establishing a normal global empire under normal US domination. This is a war being conducted against everyone who is not ‘for us’. The abnormal countries may consist of both vassals, ‘allies’ and enemies. It really doesn’t matter as long as the normal US hegemon is able to normally bomb, kill, maim, and coerce everyone and normally steal their resources. This should be sufficiently understood as being perfectly normal behaviour.

    Errrm, this is not politics or diplomacy, it is schizophrenia.

    ”When one watches some tired hack on a platform mechanically repeating the familiar phrases – bestial atrocities, iron heel, bloodstained tyranny, free peoples of the world, stand shoulder to shoulder – one often has the curious feeling that one is not watching a live human being but some kind of dummy: a feeling which suddenly becomes stronger at moments when a light catches the speaker’s spectacles and turns them into blank discs which seem to have no eyes behind them. And this is not altogether fanciful. A speaker who uses that kind of phraseology has gone some distance towards turning himself into a machine. The appropriate noises are coming out of his larynx but his brain is not involved as it would be if it were choosing the words for himself. If the speech is one which he is accustomed to make over and over again, he may be almost unconscious of what he is saying, as one is when one utters responses in church. And this reduced state of consciousness, if not indispensable, is at any rate favourable to political conformity.” (George Orwell – Politics and the English Language).

    Yes, indeed, just think of those brainless media hacks trotting out the same party line if and when required. In fact it might be quite possible to tutor a parrot to master the same technique in what are a not too difficult skills. Applicants should be aware that thought is not required; mouth noises divorced from cognitive ability are the required media expertise.

  17. January 14, 2020 at 11:02

    There is now not only a complete disconnect with truth in what Washington says about almost anything, there is a complete disconnect with reality.

    Government by the clinically insane.

    • John Wright
      January 17, 2020 at 17:35

      Remember that these sociopaths “create their own reality” as Karl Rove so proudly stated all those years ago.

      Insane, indeed.

      The laws of physics can only be stretched so far before they snap back, however, and the U.S. will soon see that what goes up will always come back down. It won’t be pretty, but nature’s justice often isn’t and, after great suffering, perhaps humanity will finally learn its place on the planet. Or not …

      Be well.

  18. AnneR
    January 14, 2020 at 10:57

    Completely the case, Caitlin.

    Normality American style is amorality, unethicality (a neologism, sorry), rapine, plunder, slaughter the usual brute force, bombing to smithereens way or the starve to death, you “f******” way. Or both. It is worship of BOTH Mammon AND Moloch simultaneously.

    Every other nation – as you point out – *has to be* a suppliant to the US, the more so the better for American exploitation of your national resources and their fattened offshore accounts. If not accommodating enough, then that nation, country had better watch out.

    And apparently the big trio of the minion western European powers (likely also the rest), UK, Germany and FR, are fully onboard with demanding of Iran that IT do as it’s told, that IT *alone* comply with the JCPOA. Meanwhile, they have NOT fulfilled their side of the treaty because the US – the Strumpet – has abrogated it. They continue to uphold the sanctions (any and all), won’t buy Iran’s oil, or otherwise trade with them. Meanwhile FR, the UK and Germany all have nuclear weapons on their soil (those in Germany are on US bases, I believe; the other two have their own). But the western world’s view is clearly and totally hypocritically: Do NOT do as WE DO, but as WE TELL you to. Then and only then will we trade, truck, recognize the legitimacy of your government…

  19. H
    January 14, 2020 at 10:51

    Unfortunately that’s the truth. Truth is just that ?

  20. Dennis Rice
    January 14, 2020 at 09:53

    Help. This changes the subject and I apologize, but was the Ukrainegate blocked yesterday? I could not view it, and I notice only 11 comments.

    On this one, from today’s article, “In order to become a normal nation, Iran will need to create a presidency led by a reality TV star oligarch who is only supported because Iran’s populace is so disgusted with the status quo of their government.”, I can’t find a single conservative who will not bend over for Donald Trump; no matter how much, or what he does wrong.

    Radical conservatives would crown him king.

  21. January 14, 2020 at 09:49

    Indeed, “normal” seems to be a new invention, stemming from some traces of self-awareness in the think-tankery of the West. Gone are exhortations to the less approvable countries to “obey international law”. USA is increasingly hostile to the very idea. Enter “liberal rules based international order”. But more often then not, USA is ruled either by POTUS that hates liberals, or by self-hating liberals. Enter “rule based international order”. Sometimes “rule” is kept plural, but singular is more truthful and less confusing: the rule is to follow what USA demands (varying levels of enthusiasm are still tolerated, Greenland is still under Danish crown etc.).

    Each country has some peculiarities. In Iran, the political system is complex, roughly split into mundane and holy branches (a bit like in Israel, two moderate theocracies of the Middle East), and the website of the holy branch informs the faithful (and infidels who visit) about the current phases of the moon, as checked by a committee of astronomers. It is important for proper Muslim observances. I did not notice anything about the weather. But in USA, the President just recently tweeted about snow falling. On the day in question, the temperature in the nation’s capital exceeded 20 centigrades. Eh? Quote from Daily Kos: “the Republican National Committee’s “rapid response director” rapid-responsed his own theory that the photo, taken last Tuesday, was not tweeted on that day because the Iranian military had just launched multiple missiles at U.S. troop in Iraq. “So the WH just saved the tweet for tonight,” he tweeted.

    So the White House was not reporting the weather; it was just running a weather rerun, so to speak, as news and government outlets are known for doing because it creates absolutely no public problems at all.”

    The sad and funny aspect is that Daily Kos somehow does not comment on the deluge of lying inflammatory tweets that kept White House busy and delayed the tweet about the snow. I am not a regular there, but looking at the current “recommend list”, the only foreign events of note concern the weather, like hit wave+fires in Australia. The disinterest in matters foreign and military is curious in a nation with “above average” spending on those matters, and the degree of controversy.

    So it is normal in USA to be crazy (seriously deluded), 50% of the citizenry loves it, 25% likes it, 15% does not care at all, and you, Caitlin, are abnormal. So am I and most other readers here.

  22. Robert
    January 14, 2020 at 09:45

    Normal nations, like Iran, acknowledge their mistakes and apologize when they accidently shoot down civilian airliners. We are still waiting for a formal apology from the so-called “normal” US for killing 290 civilians when they shot down a commercial Iranian airliner in 1988.

    • Moi
      January 15, 2020 at 01:46


      The US killed a hundred thousand Arab civilians in the last couple of years and denied causing almost every one of them. The Iranians accidentally kill under 200, admit it and are excoriated yet the MSM don’t print a word when the US slaughters even more civilians.

      I also note that Iranian citizens demand their leadership resign after the single incident. In the US people cheer their leaders and support ever more carnage.

  23. January 14, 2020 at 09:19

    “Normal” also means becoming the most unequal nation on earth. Further, despite accumulating the greatest wealth in human history, “a normal nation” leaves millions of its own people to starve, sicken and die. It’s the same nation that took top spot in a Gallup poll of 66,000 people in 60 nations as “the greatest threat to world peace.” Thank heavens there’s only one. I don’t know how much more “normality” the world could stand.

  24. January 14, 2020 at 08:36

    Caitlin Johnstone is one of the very few journalists willing to state the obvious. Consortium News should be thankful to have her as a contributor. Thank you Caitlin!

  25. Sally Snyder
    January 14, 2020 at 08:12

    As shown in this article, there is a side to the Iran-United States narrative that Washington would prefer that we forget:

    See: viableopposition.blogspot.com/2020/01/iran-united-states-and-operation.html

    If there is one thing that history can teach us it’s that foreign nations and their leaders that try to curry “friendship” with the United States are playing a game that they are certain to lose in the long run.

  26. Nathan Mulcahy
    January 14, 2020 at 08:08

    The most important qualification of a “normal” nation is to commit war crimes (sarcasm).

  27. Josep
    January 14, 2020 at 05:15

    Other ugly aspects of ‘American exceptionalism’:

    * The USA, a republic, still uses a non-decimal system of measurements based on the body parts of long-dead English monarchs. It is also the first English-speaking country to adopt a decimal currency of 100 cents to the dollar as early as 1792, an intentional break away from the British system of 20 shillings to the pound and 12 pence to the shilling.

    * Kinder Surprise (chocolate eggs with toys in them) is illegal in the US, unlike in other developed nations such as Canada and Mexico. The FDA must think Americans are dumb enough to foolishly plop the eggs and choke on the capsules the toys are in; isn’t it common sense to shake the egg first?

    * Dollar bills come in only one color and size. It becomes annoying when you have to pull out a specific denomination of banknote. Other developed countries have learned this more than half a century ago when they began printing banknotes in multiple colors. Some go as far as to print banknotes in different sizes as well.

    * US citizens are taxed in both the USA and in whichever countries they’re residing – you have to pay taxes twice. Eritrea is the only other country to do this.

    * Only two political parties to choose from.

    * No paid maternal leave.

    The list is incomplete; feel free to expand it as much as you wish.

    • Anonymous
      January 14, 2020 at 21:02

      * America provides liberty and justice for all, but due process only applies to some people in some situations

      * We are a country without a caste system, but an unofficial caste system exists where the ultra rich and authority figures (typically including law enforcement) are judged and punished according to a different set of rules

      * We are a nation of children’s rights, in which children are regularly discriminated against and can be forcibly drugged for being inattentive, annoying, sad, or afraid of their parents (whom will methodically present them as suffering from clinical anxiety or other disorders)

      * We are a free country that offers freedom of speech, where doubting the accepted mainstream version of events is the formulation of conspiracy theory and often treated like a crime which can lead to indefinite imprisonment

      I’m sure there’s still plenty more

    • DP
      January 17, 2020 at 08:46

      * Not a true democracy: secret branches of government, non-proportional voting system (‘it really doesn’t matter who you vote for’ applies to most folks), voter suppression, gerrymandering

      * Compromised separation and independence of constitutional powers. When did we start calling corruption ‘lobbying’ and why is it legal? What happened to anti-trust?

      * No equal access to education (if in doubt, think again)

      * No equal access to health care (blatant)

      * No equal access to justice (blatant)

      If this is the new normal, good luck to us all.

    • Piotr Berman
      January 18, 2020 at 13:19

      I have spend a year in Germany and there is a lot to dislike there too.

      For starters, weather is not so good, it is wetter. Children are kinder, a rare positive difference, but why mothers mutter?

      And much derided Anglo-American measure system is an unending source of amusement. Shortly after immigrating, I decide to buy some moderate amount of a cheese, to try the taste. I asked for six ounces. WHAT? I did not know that the deli clerk can either see the weight in hundreds of a pound or value in dollars, so I could ask for 0.375 pound. I surmise that a large minority could figure it out, but the would be over What qualified at a deli counter. But what proportion of the populations understands prices per millions of BTUs (British Thermal units)? Or what is the pressure in a deflated tire (pounds of force per square inch).

  28. Broompilot
    January 14, 2020 at 04:28

    Well said, or put, or something.

  29. Lowell Googins
    January 13, 2020 at 23:54

    The more I read Caitlin the more I admire her. I ran into her here. Thank you so much

    • Punkyboy
      January 14, 2020 at 09:51

      I get Caitlin’s articles in my in-box every day. She’s the best! Yeah, when I heard that beast, Pompeo, say Iran needed to become a “normal” nation, I couldn’t finish my dinner for laughing hysterically. Another helping of sanctions, please, sir!

    • Daphne Randall
      January 14, 2020 at 15:18

      Totally agree—Caitlin is a treasure and a modern day spiritual warrior. We are so blessed for her gifts!

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