There is a thought I have every time something new and awful happens in America. It’s a Disney villain masquerading as the fun dad of the free world. Or it’s Gotham City. It’s funny because I used to be sweaty palmed and heart-eyed about America, kind of like having a crush on Jaffar or Lord Farquaad.
Omg this is BRILLIANT! You took the words from my mouth! But made it eloquent. Love you xx
Dare I say it but I think this might be my favourite piece of yours yet! (And I have loved everything you've written - this is just next level). This is exactly how I feel too - I used to obsess over America. I travelled there several times - loved it. And I still love the scenery and the geographical wonders of the land itself - and the people I know and met there. But, everything you have described here - I feel the same way. It breaks my heart to know we share a planet with such a reckless, dangerous place that time and time again gives the middle finger to its own people and humanity as a whole.
Yes. It would take a national shift in consciousness to change the tide. People collectively need to care enough about others to overpower the power of the minority the wealthy barons that take take take. Land of opportunity is more like land of the oppressed, like in the old westerns when the land barons bullied everyone and greed was rampart.
Amazingly powerful Belle. You’ve put your finger right on the lack of mercy that’s destroying America. Thank you for sharing what’s in your heart and enriching all our lives in the process. Love you and your writing.
Isabelle, this is beyond eloquent. I have the same feeling when I see how far down the path of greed, corruption, and violence we have gone. There is some kind of lower common denominator that worships aggression, competition, yelling, and being kinda loud, dumb, and following others who do the same. It is embarrassing to see what a big ignorant, arrogant Giant our public discourse and global policies have been in the past several decades. I apologize for most of our recent presidents, except Obama and Biden (he's quite the progressive old badass, just can't get the word out!) I hated traveling outside the U.S. when baby Bush was in, 'cause damn he was the idiot missing from a village somewhere in Texas.
We've been a country taken over by Hollyweird and consumerism, which does not represent us well. There is a disdain for intellectuals here, which I find disheartening. In any case, there are many of us who are both terrified and determined to regain a sensible, rational, inclusive democracy. Perhaps we had to hit rock bottom to see how fragile democracy is. Our very imperfect justice system (excepting the Supreme Court of the U.S., or SCOTUS, about which I just had a nice rant) is slowly moving in the direction of holding elected criminals and their cronies accountable. Don't listen to the polls, and stay hopeful. No one should be thinking the U.S. is better at all, and sure as hell not culturally. We love Aussies, Kiwis!, Canadians, and UKers as our cousins, as well as the rest of the PEOPLE on the planet, but only some of the people in charge. Those of us who can read know that we must push the bullies back under the rocks, out from under which they felt it was safe to crawl, simply because a horrible old deranged rapist orange goat hypnotized a portion of the sheeple. We love the world and the earth, and lots of us are not crazed screaming jackasses, as you kindly noted. <3 Keep up the great work, and best to you! Big love, Kate
PS: No disrespect to real goats or sheep. We had some Shetlands, and named the wethers Cloudy, Gray and Stormy ;-)
Belle, this is amazing. Bloody amazing!
Great read belle, so may things I have thought for a while. I really hope one day they can see the harm they are doing to a country that’s crying out for change.
Hope that trip of yours is going amazing xx
Well said…iv felt the same way about their health system and gun laws and now, a step back..I was shocked by the decision on terminations and what that means to woman. It’s all pretty f*c*ed 😞