I decided ages ago that I was never going to live in the U.S. I think Columbine plus the 9/11 aftermath solidified the Nope.
I had the option. I'm very employable, I have dual citizenship (for reasons).
But the U.S. is just scary.
Current U.S. events are sad and disturbing, but the writing was on the wall years ago. I hope America manages to get her act together, but this runs deep, it's been brewing for a long time.
(You think kids pledging allegiance to the flag was ever NOT fascist?)
The flip side of this, is the fact that I've felt this way for so long, gives me pause at the current state of panic people seem to be in.
Has anything changed? Really?
From where I'm standing, it's a matter of degree, not kind. Obama condoned torture, raining death from the skies, Guatanamo bay (a concentration camp, kids), persecuting whistleblowers...
He was just all charming and black while doing so. Still a fascist.
I dunno. Maybe the orange guy opened peoples' eyes? 🤷
... I'm not really going anywhere with this, just thinking out loud.
Which is probably a bad idea, given the sensitive nature of this topic.
But it's been on my mind a bit lately. I consider myself very lucky to live in a tiny insignificant, safe and friendly country. Very, very lucky.
Also, lest anyone think I'm belittling efforts to fight current developments: that is not my intent.
This stuff needs to be fought. Even those of us outside the U.S. who don't consider it "our fight" would be wise to assist. The U.S. matters.
But it's not about Trump, really. Or gab. 🙄
Democrats are the lesser evil, so by all means get them elected. Deplatform assholes online. Etc.
These are useful steps. But, IMO, insufficient. America has to rethink her attitude in fundamental ways. 😔
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