Despite the American people’s deluded perception of their own “exceptionality” (https://promosaik.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/american-exceptionalism-delusions-of.html), the stark reality is that their nation’s decline — about to be accelerated by their choice of a “Dangerously Unhinged Donald” for the next “President” — is now hurtling towards the point of irreversible destruction of everything that they and their “We the People” Constitution supposedly represent. Unfortunately that decline — fuelled by political hypocrisy, pandemic double standards, corporate reliance on endless wars, mainstream media disregard for “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” and the surrender of “We the People” governance to powerful pro-Israel Jewish lobby groups — will inevitably also adversely affect the rest of humanity most of whom are already subject to a universal indifference for every aspect of international law including those relating to human rights.
The 1924 Geneva Declaration on the Rights of the Child stated that “mankind owes to the child the best it has to give.” (http://www.countercurrents.org/hanna271014.htm)
“Today the world is the victim of propaganda because people are not intellectually competent. More than anything the United States needs effective citizens competent to do their own thinking.”
William Mather Lewis
As the world’s beacon of “hypocritical democracy,” The U.S. has for example not been an impartial mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but a knowingly and wilfully active participant in the heinous violations being perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinian people. As the irrefutable supporter of such violations which inflict unimaginable suffering on Palestinians by an Apartheid Jewish state, the U.S., has continually endeavoured to escape accountability by preventing the Palestinians from accessing any internationally recognised recourse for justice such as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC). When a major power — especially one that is both racist and guilty of war crimes — such as the U.S. can prevent an indigenous and stateless people from unhindered access to the justice which as an inalienable right is essential for “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” then there is something very drastically wrong with the effectiveness of international law and the institutions charged with its enforcement.
As for President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to build a wall to keep the Mexican drug-taking and rapist hordes out of America, Trump could instead ensure that Mexicans are aware that the U.S. prison population is first — out of 224 countries — with 2.3 million prisoners from a U.S. population of some 325 million. Only China comes close with 1.66 million prisoners from a population of 1.2 billion. Furthermore, a new study has revealed that the true nature of the American criminal Justice system is racist with a large disparity between imprisonment rates for African-Americans, Hispanics, and whites. (http://uk.businessinsider.com/study-finds-huge-racial-disparity-in-americas-prisons-2016-6?r=US&IR=T/#incarceration-ratio-for-blacks-versus-whites-by-state-1)
Other landmark U.S. achievements which could discourage Mexicans include the U.S. being ranked 16th out of 23 countries in Education and Skills; being ranked as the fourth highest in income inequality in the world; being ranked by Transparency International as 17th out of 175 in corruption; being ranked 20th out of 178 countries in Stability which according to the Fragile States Index assesses factors such as inequality, corruption, and factionalism; and being ranked 16th out of 133 countries in the social progress index which broadly measures social well-being with an index comprising of 52 economic indicators such as access to clean water and air, to advanced education, to basic knowledge, and to safety.
The fallacy of “American exceptionalism” which maintains that the U.S. is qualitatively different, and arguably superior, to all other nations has persisted despite the fact that the government happily spends over $600 billion on the military — or more than 54 percent of all federal annual discretionary spending — in a country where more than 50 million Americans live below the poverty line; where 48 million of them receive food stamps; where more than one in five children is on food stamps and living in poverty; where an astounding 15% of senior citizens live in poverty; where ethnic poverty rates are 28% for Blacks, 24% for Hispanics, 10.5% for Asians, and 10% for Whites; where being Black lowers one’s credit score by 71 Points; where a new AFL-CIO study on corporate salaries found that CEOs made 335 times more than the average employee who earned $36,875 while the the big company CEOs got approximately $12,400,000; where according to a Forbes survey 56% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their combined cheque and savings bank accounts; and where an observation once made in April 4, 1967 by Martin Luther King Jr. has become a reality: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”
In order for the U.S. to become a more enlightened, humane, and tolerant nation, the American people must first accept the actuality of their unexceptionality and recognise that their cultural malady cannot be cured by a racist witch doctor “Trumpism,” but by some extensive surgery to remove the cancer at the heart of their very sick society.
We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the world — bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are whores for power and oil with hate and fear in our hearts.
Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) American journalist and author.