I was born in South Asia but have lived in Canada my entire life. I have always been blissfully happy to be Canadian but even more so during this pandemic. Health care is free, there is guaranteed protection for those who lose their jobs with government cheques, and by and large people have followed the rules. In Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, there were maybe a handful of people that protested in Toronto and they were literally laughed at, including by the Governor- equivalent of the province (Premier Ford). Halloween make America Trump great again shirt All this to say I grew up thinking the USA was this amazing place – rich, powerful, together. Now that I’m in my 30s and can see behind the curtain, all I see is a deeply divided nation with no agreed identity and issues with basic fundamental rights like Healthcare.
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The worst thing is that the voices in the right keep getting stronger and louder. Not sure what will happen to the states in the next 20 years but Trump has legit made them into a laughing stock. The issue in the US is one of a sort of cognitive dissonance. People seem to think that military strength and being a super power is a sign of greatness. Consider this, many people in western democracies looked towards China, another super power, as not being great but just the opposite. Halloween make America Trump great again shirt The value some people apply towards hierarchical power dynamics is part of the issue. They don’t see the forest through the trees. In other words, the see images of military strength, economic might as the determination of greatness.
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I pity the US, the country I was born and raised in, because I’ve seen the decline firsthand. I’ve seen the numbers on education and competency testing, I’ve seen the numbers on healthcare costs, I’ve seen the numbers on sorely underfunded safety net programs, I’ve seen the numbers on defense spending. This is Halloween make America Trump great again shirt a simple way of saying that our priorities are fucked. We’d rather prop up a military industrial complex rather than use that funding to increase the net intelligence of this country vis a via the power of education and societal betterment by way of social safety nets. We live in a hyper-capitalistic country at the detriment of the workers who are the nuts and bolts of that system. And, in many cases, those same workers are working against their self-interest in support of politicians and policies that directly impact them with negative results.