Day 53

If I could, I would love to go on a really long road trip, or travel to some other country to get away from mundane life for a bit. It’s a good thing for me, in this case, that I’m broke as fuck and don’t have the means to travel. At the moment, we really can’t go anywhere.

Part of Trump’s campaign in 2016 was to build a wall along the Mexican border, supposedly to reduce illegal immigration. In quite the ironic plot twist, it is Mexico that has closed its border to the US, except for absolutely essential travel. Canada did the same thing. Some thirty other countries (give or take) have also banned US tourists. Trump’s slogan was “Make America Great Again”, and now it’s “Keep America Great”. Well, we’re definitely #1 in the coronavirus department. Number one in positive infections and #1 in deaths. Yup, America is definitely great🙄.

I love the clip from the HBO series Newsroom, that is often shared on Youtube, in which it’s spelled out why America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.

Scene from Newsroom, where actor Jeff Daniels explains why America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.

In fact, according to a report in US News & World Report, the US is not the best country in the world as of 2019. It’s not even in the top five, and barely makes the top ten. In this report, the US is eighth, beaten out by—from seventh to first—Australia, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Canada, Japan and Switzerland. Oh, the US is #1 in some things: number of religious people, incarceration rates and military spending (and now coronavirus cases/deaths). Those are absolutely awesome to be best in…NOT! Today’s high school kids and even college students couldn’t tell you anything about the Bill of Rights, what Ben Franklin achieved or how to do basic math in their heads. But ask them about sports stats or what the latest social media trend and memes are, they’re all over it. Some of these kids today think socialism is awesome, partly because they’re so indoctrinated and dumbed-down that they think it has to do with social media🤦‍♂️. The country and society is headed down the toilet, but so long as they’re getting their likes on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok, or whatever the hell else they’re using, that’s what matters🤳!

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