I can’t help it; I have promised to always tell the truth; America is the most f**ked up country in the world. First, millions of ignorant voters, with assistance from Vladimir Putin and the mainstream television news networks, elected the least qualified and amoral man in the world to lead our nation. I continue to wake-up every morning in disbelief.
A ‘mass shooting’ is defined as four or more people injured or killed in a single incident involving the use of a gun. There are now more mass shootings each year than days on the calendar. No other nation in the world comes close to this statistic.
Every developed nation in the world has universal healthcare with the exception of the United States of America. The greatest irony is that the men and women we elect to serve us in Washington have the best medical care available, paid for by those who voted for them, and they refuse to vote in favor of healthcare for all of us. This is insane.
Climate change caused by the greed of mankind is an undeniable fact. The only leader in the free world who denies the truth is the illegitimate President of the world’s wealthiest nation. I can’t make this s**t up.
Continuing with this theme, although America is the wealthiest nation in the world, one-half of our nation’s people are in poverty or low-income levels in society and struggle to survive every day. One of our major political parties continues to vote for issues which enhance the wealth of one percent of the American people and against issues which would aid more than 150 million Americans. Over the last three years, the number of billionaires in the U.S. has grown from 563 to 704. The number of millionaires has grown from 10.1 million to 18.6 million.
America’s founding fathers believed that the most important right of the new nation’s people was the right to vote. One party continues to seek ways to suppress voting in the United States. Add to this fact the reality that the American people are not allowed to elect the President of the United States. Our current system allows states to choose the woman or man who will lead us every four years. Millions of votes mean nothing. Voters often feel that they are wasting their time. The Electoral College subverts democracy.
Only two small countries in the entire world and the United States of America; the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world; deny family leave for new parents.
America is the only nation in the world which defines a corporation as a person and can donate their fortunes to political candidates.
The United States stands alone in the society of developed nations in support of racism, religious bigotry, homophobia, and the suppression of equality for women.
Only in America is the cost of higher education prohibitive for over one-half of our nation’s young men and women.
America remains the least informed nation in the world. Most Americans believe everything they see and hear on television, on Facebook, or twitter. Our nation’s people are more likely to believe lies than to seek the truth.
Our government continues to place more importance on preparing for war than caring for its people. Our government chooses to spend five-times more money on its military than all other nations combined. Yesterday Trump’s proposal for fiscal year 2021 added billions of dollars to defense spending and cut funding for aid to needy Americans, education, and healthcare. No other nation in the free world has ever offered a budget which would harm its people.
Only in America has a nation’s leader been convicted of committing crimes against his own nation in one chamber of government and acquitted in another by a single party; his own. Our nation’s government is the most corrupt in the world.
This is the nation we live in today, and the former facts are only a small portion of how dysfunctional our nation has become over the last few decades.
Everyone talks about change. It’s time to stop talking about change and make it happen. Electing more women and younger representatives and senators is a beginning. Placing term limits on congress and ending the abomination which is the Electoral College would create almost instant change.
It’s up to you; your vote can make change happen.
The Truth Lives Here
Op-ed by James Turnage
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