Yes, you read that right. It wasn’t a typo, and I mean it. You know… sort of… Let me explain:
When in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was drawn up, this new country called the United States of America was going through a revolution. They had progressive ideals and they were ahead of the rest of the world. That day, the US truly showed itself to be a first world country, with first world politics and first world ideals. There’s just one thing America seems to have forgotten: that all happened three centuries ago.
Yes, I know, for those Americans out there this might come as quite a shock, but that revolution didn’t happen yesterday. In fact, those dear people who began that revolution have died quite a long time ago. And that’s probably a good thing, because if they saw the state of their beloved country right now, they would be ashamed.
It honestly seems as if the general public in the US has forgotten that they owe their importance on the international scale to their progressive views. Just look at where we are now. The death penalty still exists. Gay marriage has still not been fully legalised. Political decisions are still being made with the use of that exact same document as it was written up three centuries ago, as if society doesn’t change. As if those people in the 18th century were so brilliant that they knew everything there was to know.
They did not. I’m sure they actually realised that, and it is quite unfortunate that the general public in America fails to notice this. In the last century, American politics has made so many mistakes, yet still it seems to be the one of the most nationalistic countries out there (you know… right after that lovely country called North Korea…) These days, if you want to pursue the “American dream”, you’re better off moving to Europe, because social mobility is a whole lot greater there. They actually have these things called “social systems”. It’s great, you know. Not that many homeless people, not that many people starving. Oh, and no guns. That kind of helps with lowering the amount of unnecessary deaths.
America has diminished into a country with a thriving economy but with a political system dating back to the 1800s. It is an economic giant that has forgotten what their forefathers had once taught them. It is a first world country with third world politics, and what is called “conservative” in countries such as Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden would be considered socialism in the eyes of an American. Progress has disappeared and all that remains are the remnants of what once was a great nation.
So what do we do about it? Well, for my part, I write. I suggest you do the same, or at least something along those lines. Change is needed, and for that change to come, people need to open their eyes. If they don’t want to open their eyes for themselves, then perhaps someone else will have to help them. That someone could be you.
It is time for America to start catching up with the rest of the world again. To become a progressive country, like it once was in that ancient past. Only then can the US honestly consider itself a first world nation, and only then do Americans have any reason to be truly proud of their country.
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