Binge watching my favorite TV series of all time “The Newsroom”. I have to ask, “what are we as a people, our politicians, our government(s) doing to solve the problems outlined in the opening scene of this series?
In my mind the removal Donald J. Trump and the obstructionist Senators, whether by impeachment or election, is the necessary first step to really making America great.
The second step is by being selective in what we “like” in Facebook and what so called News Channels we watch and listen to.
Finally, we must accept that there are “facts” that are verifiable through consensus. I hope this first scene from the HBO series “The Newsroom” also stimulates some thought, discussion (within your own mind at least) and then action.
From the television series “The Newsroom”:
You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose.
If liberals are so fuckin’ smart, how come they lose so goddamn always? – Hey– – And with a straight face you’re gonna tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome that we’re the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom.
Japan has freedom.
France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia.
Belgium has freedom! like 180 of them have freedom.
– All right– – And, yeah, you, sorority girl.
Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know, and one of them is there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world.
We’re seventh in literacy, 22nd in science, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports.
We lead the world in only three categories: Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending where we spend more than the next Now, none of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you nonetheless are without a doubt a member of the worst period generation period ever period.
So when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about.
Yosemite? We sure used to be.
We stood up for what was right.
We fought for moral reasons.
We passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons.
We waged wars on poverty, not poor people.
We cared about our neighbors.
We put our money where our mouths were and we never beat our chest.
We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and we cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy.
We reached for the stars, acted like men.
We aspired to intelligence.
We didn’t belittle it.
It didn’t make us feel inferior.
We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election and we didn’t– we didn’t scare so easy.
Ahem, we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed.
By great men, men who were revered.
The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.
America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.