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[A major economic downturn is] the only thing Americans have encountered on American soil in the past 200-300 years . . ..

You should have stayed awake during American History class. Or maybe the evening news.

The US was established via a war fought here less than 300 years ago

We here in Maryland happen to be marking the bicentennial of the War of 1812 at the moment. You know, the Brits burning down the White House, the Battles of New Orleans and Baltimore, Ft. McHenry, the Star Spangled Banner. Trivial stuff like that.

There's also the teensy disruption of the Civil War. The nation marked the sesquicentennial of its start just last year.

Sadly, we seem to have collectively forgotten what it's like to live amidst war. That forgetfulness comes in handy when you want to pick fights halfway around the globe.

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