I love my country. But I have a problem with the current occupants. Americans are fat, fatuous, failing and flailing.
Let’s look at some evidence. A serious people:
*Would not imagine for even a second that the way to reduce crime is to defund the police.
*Would not seriously contend that the way to reduce inflation – a natural effect of too much money in circulation chasing too few goods – is to increase even further the amount of money in circulation.
*Would not allow biological and even anatomical men to beat women in women’s athletics simply because those men say they feel womanly at the moment.
*Would be supplying its own energy needs rather than sending money to the butcher of Kyiv, as if burning Russian oil does not emit greenhouse gas but burning American oil does.
*Would not have a citizenry of which 42% are clinically obese.
*Would not put masks on children who are at practically zero risk of COVID while allowing adults with an order of magnitude higher risk to be unmasked, 70,000 strong, in the Superbowl.
*Would not see one major political party voting in favor of legislation that would allow abortion up to the instant of birth, an outcome at odds with the entire civilized world.
*Would not let careless 16-year-olds drive automobiles.
*Would not let naïve 18-year-olds take out loans that they’ll spend the rest of their youth and a good part of their middle age repaying, for bogus college degrees that serve mainly to enrich already-rich colleges.
*Would blame criminal gun use on the criminals, not the guns.
*Would not politicize scientific debate about viruses or climate change.
*Would not let decisions about medical risks to unmasked children to be made by teachers’ unions, whose idea of medical expertise is “doctor” Jill (whom a bogus and ignorant political commentator followed by millions, named Whoopi, hilariously but seriously promoted for the position of Surgeon General).
*Would not spend billions on monster pickup trucks.
*Would favor immigration by the best and brightest of the world who respectfully and legally come, rather than favoring the poorest and worst who come illegally.
*Would not contend that the top 1% of earners who pay 40% of income taxes are failing to “pay their fair share.”
*Would not elect to the presidency a man who is clinically demented and criminally corrupt.
*Would not elect to the presidency a man who thinks a clever debate rejoinder is to intimate that his opponent has a small penis (don’t ask how he knows or why that’s on his mind).
*Would not consider for the presidency a family crime gang that has perfected obstruction of justice by lying under oath in a sexual harassment case, by destroying 30,000 emails after they were subpoenaed by Congress, and by framing up a political opponent in an elaborate story complete with the lie that he paid Russian prostitutes to pee on him. (Did Hillary herself think up that one, or was it Bill?)
*Would value honesty.
*Would value hard work.
*Would not instinctively ask about any issue before addressing it, “What does the opposing tribe say?”
*Would build more nuclear energy facilities, which have a safety record better than oil, gas or coal plants.
*Would give merit-based opportunities to those with the most merit, not those with the “right” skin color.
*Would fix phones so that they don’t operate, or at least the letter keys don’t operate, inside a moving vehicle.
*Would demand that public schools teach children how to read, how to write and how to do simple arithmetic.
*Would not conclude that some races are good and some are bad based on acts committed by a small fraction of the great, great, great, great grandparents of people now belonging (sort of) to those races.
*Would not hurl vile epithets at people for simply expressing an opposing viewpoint.
*Would not think the way to stop vagrancy is to give free stuff to the vagrants.
*Would not systemically endorse racial discrimination against Asians – or Jews – on the grounds that they’re too good for the rest of us to compete with on a level playing field.
Ah, you say, but other cultures and countries are even worse.
I’m not as sure of that as I used to be. Sure, America is still better than your average banana republic (oops, I heard that bananas are racist now). America is even better than, say, Italy and India. But I’m not so sure anymore that America is better than, say, Germany or Japan. Maybe, but it’s no longer a slam dunk (oops, is “slam dunk” racist too now?)
Here’s a bit of homework. Compare and contrast today’s Americans with today’s Ukrainians.
That murderous, miscalculating madman, Vladimir Putin, has a good measure of hate and contempt for the West, along with fear of it. I hope he dies at the end of a rope swinging from a streetlamp in Moscow with his genitals stuffed into his mouth.
But in the meantime, I have to admit that he has a point about the West and especially America. We’re no longer a serious people or a serious culture. For that, we and the world are the poorer and the likes of Vladimir Putin are the richer.
So, is America beyond saving? Maybe. But we have to try. Meet me at the pass, armed with Truth, Justice and Beauty.
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