The United States of America has always had the potential to be the greatest nation, and the most beneficial to everyone on the planet, that Earth has ever seen. Nowhere is that potential greater and most obvious than in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and various writings and speeches of “the Founding Fathers”. I’m not even an American, but I can at least recognize what you all have here.
Sadly, the real America has never lived up to its potential. I would say it came closest in the brave and massive responses to poverty in the 1930s and totalitarianism in the 1940s (the “New Deal” and World War II). But since then, and especially since about 1980, it’s been a slide into a meaner, nastier nation, where the rich get richer and the rest hardly even get crumbs, where every global problem is a nail to be addressed with the trillion-dollar hammer that is the American military, where descendants of people who moved to America and left family and homeland behind for a chance at a better life fight to keep out other people who are doing the same thing, where military veterans are thrown away like garbage, where people idolize the idle rich, where the “news” has devolved into a cotton candy of half-truths and outright lies. For a nation which so many of its citizens claim to be “Christian”, the USA has become, more and more, a Mammon-worshiping un-charitable un-Christ-like social-Darwinistic mess. And whether you believe in a God who gave divine inspiration to the Founding Fathers, or a God who did no such thing, or many gods, or no such gods, I think we can all agree that America’s great potential is swirling down the drain.
I intend to do my best to point out #WhyAmericaIsDoomed, but also to point out ways in which it can (and should!) be improved. I know that due to cognitive bias, those most likely to read this are those who are already on the same page as I am, and those who could learn the most from this are those who are least likely to actually read it. But I think we all “got to kick at the darkness ’til it bleeds daylight.” [thank you Bruce Cockburn!] These are my kicks. I hope y’all see some daylight through them.