A prerequisite for assimilation in American culture is delusion. Delusions of greatness, delusions of superiority, delusions of invincibility – we are all reserved for those in the land of free and home health insurance deduction. One of the main tasks of a scholar or journalist in American culture is to find some justification for removing an explanatory dictionary and replacing it with esoteric or academic terms that make the ugly sound quite a lot. Instead of “delusion” or “lie,” we can use the term “American exclusivity,” referring to the intellectual yet illiterate theory that the United States is inherently different from other nations. Ronald Reagan was the most effective advocate of the myth. With his “career smile and rocket up his sleeve,”
God really has a sense of humor.
The United States is currently the exception among wealthy educated and developed countries in the shocking inability to respond with competence, discipline, and propensity to the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of cases is escalating without any signs of delay, while hospitals in Arizona, Texas, Mississippi and Florida may be forced to reject patients from their crowded ORs and OCDs. The financial effects of the coronavirus compound are devastating millions of lives – all while Japan, Iceland, New Zealand, Italy, Germany and several other relatively civilized countries are returning more or less to pre-pandemic life.
After decades of refusing to build a welfare state by ignoring public health institutions and infrastructure – and after choosing an ignorant and incompatible reality television broadcaster to oversee the federal government’s executive branch, with a stunning lack of imagination as to what could go wrong – the bill arrived at threshold of America. The “irreplaceable nation,” as everyone from Madeleine Albright to Barack Obama used to call it, will have to pay in treasure and blood.
Vladimir Putin, the latest incarnation of the Red Threat, warned Americans that they were arranging a disaster meeting in 2013. As the Obama administration considered a strike against Syria and risked the country’s third war in 11 years, Putin sanctified as a freelance writer for the New York Times . He ended his opposition to military intervention in Syria with a broad observation of American culture: “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to be perceived as exceptional, regardless of motivation.”
When the latest dangers of maintaining an insane sense of superiority emerged in 2016, many Democratic leaders and popular media commentators responded not with a critical self-examination of society in free fall, but with pathetic cop tactics toward every minor. criminal: “Putin did it!”
There is no doubt that the President of Russia is an enemy of human rights, within his own country and abroad, whose strategic interests are in line with the support of reactionary regimes and nationalist movements around the world. The degradation of democracy and international alliances between free nations serves its purpose and raises its ambitions. It is also true that Russia is a weak nation, desperately attached to its oil economy and exaggerating with dubious accidents in Ukraine and the Middle East.
According to the main analysis, Putin is also responsible for seemingly every political problem in the United States. From the election of Donald Trump to the increasing polarization of the American public, Putin has orchestrated and brilliantly performed “A Plot for the Destruction of Democracy” to quote the title of the book by former intelligence officer and MSNBC contributor Malcolm Nance.
Thanks to Putin’s paranoia and bizarre attempts to revive the Cold War, the Democratic Party and the mainstream media have come out widely and justifiably bored by society through a series of supposedly “shocking” stories about Russia: Putin’s “interference” in the 2016 election. which were little more than a Facebook advertising campaign; the prolonged yawning of Mueller’s investigation and a report on Trump’s threat to refuse military aid from Ukraine without anyone asking why the United States is so heavily involved in the Crimea border dispute in the first place; and the absurd Russian “wealth” scandal.
The diversion of American failures to Putin’s paranoia reached its peak when Hillary Clinton accused rap. Tulsi Gabbard, a Hawaiian Democrat and combat veteran of the U.S. military, acting on Putin’s behalf during his presidential campaign. The evidence against Gabbard was nothing more than her critical views of US foreign policy and militarism. These completely meaningless accusations, made by supposedly intelligent reporters and analysts, recalled the starting lines of Warren Zevon’s classic, “Lawyers, Guns and Money”: “I went home with a waitress, as I always do / How did you know she was and with the Russians? “
Gabbard tried to provoke the Americans to reconsider their innocuous position in the rest of the world and in the process of calculating the losses from the ongoing wars of our country, drone strikes, special forces raids and other violent interventions in every corner of the planet.
Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, both who studied the collapse of ancient Rome, came to the conclusion that it was impossible to maintain both a functional republic at home and an expanding empire abroad. Vladimir Putin is not responsible for the American creation of 800 military bases, the $ 6.4 trillion that the United States wasted after the 9/11 wars, or the brazen insistence that America enjoys a magical exception to the stories that can be observed. the deaths of past empires involved.
The vague claim that Putin is paying Taliban fighters $ 100,000 for every U.S. serviceman or Marine who killed them has caused a great deal of hysteria, all of which has avoided the crucial question: Why is the United States still in Afghanistan, especially since the revelation of Washington? post “of Afghanistan documents” proved that political and military planners recognize for many years that the war had no purpose?
Mark Pocan, D-Wis. And Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Proposed a small 10 percent cut in the Pentagon’s bloated budget, and most Democrats – their campaigns in coffers full of money in the defense industry – rejected it. Putin is not responsible for the destructive impact of the “military-industrial complex,” an anti-democratic and parasitic leech on government, culture and infrastructure, that President Dwight D. Eisenhower first ordered in 1961.
Pictures of unmarked and undetectable federal centurions beating and arresting protesters in Portland, Oregon, without apparent provocation, shocked even the typically timid American press. But there is little recognition that Trump’s fascist move is possible only because of a provision in the bipartisan Internal Security Act of 2002 that allowed then-President George W. Bush to replace any federal agency to use force to protect federal property. Vladimir Putin did not write, sponsor, or vote on the bill, nor did he influence the Obama administration to ratify its most dangerous elements each year in a series of national defense authorization acts.
One of the most convincing and applicable arguments Eisenhower makes against the growing power and influence of the military-industrial complex is that resources are limited and the development of a garrison state will inevitably reduce the welfare state. “Every gun that is made means theft from those who are hungry and do not eat, from those who are cold and not dressed,” he warned.
He could easily add “those who are sick and untreated.” The inadequacy of American society, the inability of American institutions, and the insidiousness of American priorities become disgustingly clear as the federal government continues to spend hundreds of billions on armaments, but watches doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals treat COVID-19 patients without adequate supplies. of personal protective equipment.
The lucid nightmare of Donald Trump’s presidency may have benefited from a Russian-led social media campaign for “fake news,” but the effects of Putin’s schemes cannot be compared to the subversive effects of voter repression. Attacks on the right to vote in Wisconsin prevented 200,000 voters – mostly poor and disproportionately black – from practicing the franchise in 2016. Republican officials in North Carolina, another state, were brazen enough to brag that their campaign to suppress among the inhabitants of Cherno by 8.5 percent.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of what constitutes a poll tax that Florida officials will use to prevent former criminals from voting in 2020. Democrats can aggressively present the case for the right to vote and try to reveal how Republicans, often by their own admission, win by preventing democratic constituencies from casting votes. Instead, they consistently pursue Ian Fleming’s story of Russian sabotage.
As for these Kremlin-funded Facebook ads: Why are so many Americans gullible enough to believe outrageous or ridiculous lies? Putin has not degraded the public education system – cut civic, historical and social studies out of the curriculum – and created an anti-intellectual culture that leaves people vulnerable to pretense and outright lies.
Putin’s vicious opposition to gay rights, his oppression of journalists and dissidents, and the promotion of illiberal parties around the world certainly make him an international villain. But the posture that everything is in line with American democracy before he and Julian Assange fuck it is deliberate blindness and stupidity. As long as liberals are obsessed with Russia, they will remain incapable or unwilling to face the escalating crises of their own country.
Unless, of course, they are right about all of this, and Putin is really responsible for America’s inability to respond competently to the coronavirus pandemic, its refusal to protect the voting rights of millions of citizens, and its inability to provide basic social services and resources. for the poor and the working class, while he waged many wars without a clear purpose. But if Putin can do all this through social media memories, won’t that make America even weaker than it looks?