There is no such thing as “American Exceptionalism.” There is absolutely nothing exceptional about us. At least nothing positive. Let’s recap, shall we? Americans are:
- Represented by a dysfunctional, get-nothing-done government
- Undereducated and ignorant
- An overweight, sedentary population where preventable illnesses like heart disease and type II Diabetes run rampant
- Underpaid and overworked
- Enraptured by consumerism and greed
- Trading freedoms right and left for “security”
Sounds exceptionally stupid to me. There are plenty of other developed countries where the people are happier, healthier, smarter and social mobility still exists. Anyone who thinks that America has some sort of monopoly on innovation is kidding themselves and out of touch with reality. The empire is crumbling, just as it has with every other empire that’s ever existed. There may have once been a time when we were “the greatest nation on earth,” whatever the hell that means, but that time has long passed.
And for the record, I don’t hate America. I think this is a great place to live. But it’s certainly not the greatest. I write this because there’s this weird cloud that many people have their heads in where they can’t see the problems with this country, and so its decline continues while a good chunk of people blissfully sing the national anthem and still believe that by working hard, buying a pickup truck, watching football, and eating apple pie that they’ll move into that mansion in no time.