Please be advised that this following post may seem to narrow-minded people as an un-American piece, so please read this in full and try to understand where I am coming from with this.
The other day I started watching a show on HBO Go called The Newsroom if you haven’t already seen it I highly advise that you do. This show spoke truth and helped see life from a different perspective, and in the first episode the character Will McAvoy gave one of the greatest and insightful speeches I have ever heard before.
Listen to it here then continue reading.
So there you have it. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore and that is simply a fact. Don’t get me wrong I don’t hate my country, I just hate the way that it is going now. America like any company has deviated away from their core, their values. We persecute people based on; race, religion, gender, income, sexuality, nationality. America is not a democracy anymore… I hate to say it, but it is true, and take this from a guy who went to school for Political Science. US Politics isn’t about trying to better society, or making the future better for future generations, it is simply about money. I’m not saying all politicians are in it for greed look at representative Bernie Sanders from Vermont, he is running for president on the donations of citizens alone. My problem is the fact that we have politicians that have no term limits and make a career out of politics which just leads to less progression as a country because you will consistently have the same representatives with the same beliefs in office, and we all know it is near impossible to outvote an incumbent when it comes time to elections. Then you have people complaining that they aren’t represented, or they don’t like the way we are going, etc. But those are the same people that didn’t even go to vote on election day. How does less then 30% of our entire population vote… And then you have a vast majority of people that only care about the presidential candidate and either always vote Red or always vote Blue, they never care or research candidates running for congress even though they are the ones that truly make the laws (make it as complicated as can be) You have companies that fund a candidates campaign in return for the candidate to help make laws that better help that company find loopholes/make more money/sketchy things. Why?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Because politicians just want the power, the money, the greed.
We don’t represent each candidate adequately, we only care about Republicans and Democrats, and only the candidates that can get enough funds to be on TV. Candidates don’t even run on based on policies anymore, all they do is launch smear campaigns against their opponents. They don’t run on their ideas either, they run on whatever their parties platform is at the time.
We literally have started a war in this country on whether or not you are Red or if you are Blue. We have politicians using religion as a fundamental grounds for law decisions even though our country was founded on the principle of SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE….
We live in a country that teaches us at a young age that we are the only free country in the world, the most free country in the world, that we are the smartest, greatest, most technologically advanced nation on the face of this planet. Well we are as of 2015, 12th in freedom whats funny about that is the country that is number 1 in the world is a country that the Republican party thinks we need to be worried about is China (Hong Kong), followed by Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, Chile, Estonia, Ireland, Mauritius, Denmark, and finally United States… CAN YOU TELL ME HOW THE CREATORS OF MODERN DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM AREN’T EVEN NUMBER 1 LET ALONE THE TOP 10! Let that soak in for a second….
Education haha that’s a joke, America who claims that we are the smartest nation earth when we rank 24th in literacy, 17th in overall educational performance, 34th in math, and then to further prove how conservative and narrow-minded we are we rank 33rd in acceptance of evolution. Maybe these stats have to do with the fact that America puts only 4% of its budget towards education, but 58% towards military.
I was talking to my coworkers today and that the reason this country will fail is because we feel entitled, we want to flex our guns, and we feel as if we are indestructible. We are the equivalent of that teenager that thinks they are indestructible, so we decide to drag race and text and drive on a rainy day, then crash into a tree and die. We are not indestructible.
There it is, another fact I just researched. We are 21st in the world for democracy, the leaders are Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, etc even the United Kingdom is above us.
And for those liberties that you think you have so many of. On the Democracy Index of 2012 puts Norway at number one for civil liberties with a score of 10.00 and America with a whooping score of 8.53.
America needs to get big business out of politics by preventing corporations from donating to political campaigns. America needs to cut spending on military since we spend more then the next 23 countries combined, we need to invest in health-care, education and infrastructure. We need to fix the democratic system.
These are my beginning thoughts on politics so you all will see where I stand.
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– Steven Milazzo 10/01/2015