The United States of America was once the greatest nation on earth, but in recent generations it has become a land of crumbling infrastructure, dysfunctional politics, predatory oligarchy, a widening gap between the rich and poor, and wasting most of its money and resources on a bloated military.
We are nothing more than a warmongering military machine, with the only real profit coming from the instigation and furthering of endless conflict in the world to create wealth for our military industrial complex. We are in the death and destruction business.
Meanwhile, our infrastructure, institutions and society are falling apart. The incredible military might we built to win World War 2 has metastasized and is now choking us to death.
Passenger rail services in Britain and much of western Europe have for many years had automatic safety systems that warn train drivers if they are speeding and then trigger the brakes to prevent the kind of crash that killed eight and injured more than 200 in a derailment in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Amtrak chiefs promised on Thursday, at the same press conference in Philadelphia where officials announced a rise in the death toll in the crash from seven to eight, that the busiest US train system would have automatic braking by the end of the year.
The announcement came less than 24 hours after a congressional committee in Washington voted not to increase public funding for Amtrak by the $1bn requested by president Barack Obama, but instead to cut it further.