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With demoralizing ideologies and legislation on issues like gun control, healthcare, environmental protection and democracy that lack the foundations of common sense, how can the rest the world continue to recognize the United States as the progressive nation it was once considered?
As a child growing up in eastern maritime Canada, and being very exposed to US popular culture by means of television, magazines and music, I used to perceive America as a country that was progressive, intelligent, and even enlightened. Canada seemed to be the younger sibling that was always trying to catch up but never quite cool enough to really fit in.
Now, I look at the current political climate of our geographical neighbors and it’s manifestation amongst the citizens - specifically how they’ve come to relate to one another - and the words that come to mind look more like tragic, indecent and outdated. With demoralizing ideologies and legislation on issues like gun control, healthcare, environmental protection and democracy that lack the foundations of common sense, how can the rest the world continue to recognize the United States as the progressive first world nation it was once considered?
Is this about trying to make the American people forget that there was a black president in the White House for eight years? And if so, why? Even if you disagreed with his politics, Barack Obama was a very accessible president; we got to see him engage with people and adore his family in a truly authentic way. In a way that I would think would make most people understand that his intentions for the country were ultimately good and pure. At the very least, that’s a quality that people should respect in a leader.
If you don’t feel like you personally benefitted from his time in office, or that he didn’t speak to your particular ideologies, then you were obviously free to vote differently when election time came around. But to discredit him completely does a disservice to what I thought America represented.
Right now there are powerful people that think legislating and micromanaging a woman’s reproductive organs is justifiable ,yet somehow it’s unfathomably easy for almost anyone to purchase enough war-intended artillery to mow down a concert crowd.
Government officials actively deny the scientifically-proven correlation between carbon emissions and unprecedented hurricane strength. Then, when increasing ocean temperatures provide a catalyst for the worst storms in history and it devastates citizens and their homes, the leader of the free world hurls paper towel at them.
This is no longer a culture that I want to emulate. Nor do I want my young children to want to emulate the values that are quickly becoming ingrained in America’s legal framework. As a young teenager, when I would sit down and watch television shows like Home Improvement, Full House and Family Matters, I understood that those shows were fairly accurate representations of typical American family life. The revival of these types of shows are no longer a glimpse into the all-American living room, they’re symbolic of a time and a feeling that many people are unsure how to get back.
The rapid-fire female-driven sketch comedy series that first took Canada by storm riffs on first-world problems.