I am dismayed at what has been going on in the USA right up to the latest news reports today (Thurs 27 Aug NZ time) - politics and crime and madness. I would hand over the country to Corgis and their owners but am afraid that too many Corgi owners are also crazies. I believe that the USA should be dismantled and turned into several different independent countries. In that way at least one of these countries will be reasonable - with a new Western European-style political system, dampening down on capitalism, getting rid of guns and gun-mentality and any rights to bear arms, supporting the overwhelming evidence of man-made climate change and in showing more humility and less arrogance along the lines that Pres Obama has been attempting to promote. What i feel is that the USA as it now stands has gone beyond the point of redemption. Chaos and disaster will continue to grow and this is no pretty picture for the world to witness and does the world no favours. Perhaps Pope Francis when he visits the USA shortly will sow the seeds for a different approach by the USA both within the USA and its foreign policies and pursuits, and to some extent he will reinforce some of the aspects that Pres Obama has been trying to install.