The Greatest?

We’re barely two weeks into the year, and it’s already proven to be quite the doozy. Coronavirus still runs rampant with the constant daily media “reminders” (read: scare tactics) of how many people have been infected or dying. Idiotic Trump supporters rioted and stormed the Capitol last week, resulting in 5 deaths. Another result was Trump getting the boot from all major social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and his YouTube account being suspended, possibly facing the axe soon. To top everything else off, Trump now has a rather ominous record: the only president to be impeached twice.

One week remains until the inauguration of Joe Biden. Some people are ecstatic that Trump is leaving the White House next week. Granted, I’m glad he’s leaving, but I am in no way looking forward to Biden in the White House. I did not vote in the election in November 2020 simply because I did not like either major candidate. So-called “third party” candidates never have so much as a snowball’s chance in hell of making it, and I do not like Trump or Biden. Both are very old—each one in their 70s. Unfortunately, it’s been many years since there was a candidate I actually liked and could get behind. I think I can say that the only thing I would be hoping for is the stimulus Biden was talking about—$2000 per person. The government has taken far more than that from me in taxes over the last 30 years of working, so it’s the least they can do for me. To you who cry about the federal debt and socialism, granted this is a form of socialism, but if I get free money out of it, I’ll take it. Also, we’re already pushing $28 trillion in debt (in 2000, it was $5 trillion and falling). That amount will never be repaid. Why not tack on a few more trillions? If the economy is going to collapse, let’s go cannonball style.

Going back to the subject of impeachment for a moment, many people wonder why, seven days before the inauguration, Congress would go through with the process. Trump is out of office next week anyway. The House and Senate are attempting to disqualify Trump from ever holding a federal position ever again, thus keeping him from being able to run again in 2024. Let’s face it. Even if he did campaign again, would he muster enough votes to win, especially after what’s gone on recently? Too many people would remember the end of 2020, beginning of 2021, and say “Nope! Fuck off wichu Trump!”

So many people from other countries look at the goings-on in the United States, and are either laughing their asses off, or wondering what the hell has happened to that once-great nation?

Have you seen the HBO show “The Newsroom”? You’ve probably at least seen the video where people are asked what makes America so great, and the panelists rattle off their inane answers, when the character McAvoy says America is not the greatest anymore and goes on a minutes-long monologue (watch the clip below). I couldn’t agree more. America is not the great country it once was. It could be again, but that would take a monumental amount of effort that I honestly don’t see anyone wanting to put forth anymore.

Clip from the HBO program “The Newsroom”, where it is described why America isn’t the greatest country anymore.

Always remember this quote for today:

Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.”

George Carlin

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