Think about the context here. Think about the women who gather firewood in Darfur at the risk of their lives. Think about the people in Syria or Iran or Palestine, who want some kind of chance to live their lives, raise a family, go to work and offer something to the next generation. Think about the lives we've thoughtlessly and pointlessly ruined in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia. Think about the people, just now, tonight, aching for a chance at nothing more than a job and a future, a roof, clean water and something that their children might recognize as a better life. Then look at us.
Bloated, struggling with our excesses, unaware of the world, we rain anonymous death from the skies and threaten to turn entire regions into smoking rubble. We offer aid, but only if the nations in such desperate need are willing to put OUR interests above their own. We demand endless, unlimited fealty but reserve the right to walk away at any time, to declare our allies terrorists, to insist that democratic votes go a certain way and UN powers are never exercised.
This is what freedom looks like today. People, standing in line, to pay a robot to count their money. All the while with earbuds tightly in place and the world's increasing desperation nothing more than the rustling of a dove's wing.
American Exceptionalism. Feel it.
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