Rant of the day:
The American psyche is so fucked. We have this romanticized notion of the individual. It’s part of our history: the cowboy, the pioneer, the explorer. Except it’s a fucking fairytale. This fetishization of American exceptionalism doesn’t help either. We’ve been told we’re great just because, yet no one spouting that inane rhetoric neither bothers looking at our past nor at our present. We spent a better part of the 20th century realizing that there was no weakness in taking care of each other. And then Bush fulfilled Reagan’s dream and we’ve now decided that placing the needs of those who have the most above those that have the least is not only the best policy, but is somehow morally preferable. The hero to be emulated used to be the person who worked hard, supported their family, and succeeded. Now it’s the venture capitalist that makes a quick buck, regardless of who it affects. It’s why this upcoming election is going to prove so crucial. In a way we are being asked what kind of country we want to be through the nominee we vote for. Who we want to emulate most. Obama may be deeply imperfect, but when compared to the amorphous blob of moral convictions and deification of the wealthy that is Mitt Romney, I hope this country decides that we need to keep going with the former.