Dear America,

Are you okay? Is anybody hurting you?

A few centuries ago, two groups of people left the Old World for the New World — free thinkers, and those wishing to escape persecution for their religious beliefs. I’m not going to pretend there weren’t issues, we didn’t part on the best of terms after all, but all of Europe has been immensely proud of your accomplishments, none less than your dear Mother Britannia.

Lately, however, we have noticed you’ve been going through an exceptionally hard time. Your values, exported from the Motherland that built what was the greatest nation on the planet, have suffered. Your ideals, the most shining example of freedom and individuality in the world, have been tarnished. Your accomplishments, that once literally reached for the moon, have suffered.

I know you’ve had problems in your lands — that whole nasty slavery and apartheid business was shameful, but thankfully ended over 150 years ago and over 60 years ago respectively — but despite all this, you were the country that everybody wanted to be a part of.

You had a beacon of hope, an example of your liberty, enshrined to light your shores.

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Lady Liberty has stood, for over a century, as the gold standard that all over countries should ascribe to.

Of course, your individualism is not without issues. Your demand that each see to their own fate ignores the poor, shelves the needy and partitions your pity. There is no social safety net, there are no worker’s rights. Social services such as education and health are hamstrung at best and self-serving at worst. Your people are increasingly less financially mobile, increasingly less well educated, increasingly less healthy, increasingly homeless in a land that has enough houses for every single family to have three homes.

Entire families are homeless on your streets. In ‘the richest country on Earth’. Why? How does it suit your economy to have entire blocks of houses rotting whilst the people who could be living in them, even at subsidized rates?

And I know you’ve had your issues with how you’ve traditionally treated the darker-skinned members of your race, but something is seriously wrong with them right now.

They seem to think that the 93% death rate due to black-on-black violence is less important than the rest, and is especially less important than the tens that die due to police action, even when that police action is justified.

And, I know we had that spat about self government, but… are you sure you can’t do better than orange hitler and female stalin?

Are you absolutely sure you can’t do better than incompetent versus legitimately evil?

You do know that the rest of the world both admires and is quite frankly in awe of the only country to have an absolutely iron-clad commitment to freedom of speech, right? So why are you giving it away? I thought you were better than that.

I thought you were better at freedom than we were. You came from us, you were supposed to be forged in the image of our best ways, with freedom of the press, not start acting like a dictator, scared of the truth. You were supposed to be better than that, not engage in petty bickering and backstabbing and skullduggery.

 

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