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Barack Obama and the Death of Normal

America will soon belong to the men and women — white and black and Latino and Asian, Christian and Jew and Muslim and atheist, gay and straight — who can walk into a room and accept with real comfort the sensation that they are in a world of certain difference, that there are no real majorities, only pluralities and coalitions.

The American psyche is plastic, evolving.

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you believe in. What matters is what content you have to offer. Everyone may have their own character but America celebrates difference as a form of standardization and unity.

The ability to reform, recast, and morph difference is uniquely American.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.