I am always interested in how the rest of the world feel about the U.S. Right now they feel sorry for us. That is what this post is all about.
I found an article in the Irish Times by Fintan O-Toole that was very fascinating. Here are a few words from it.
Over more than two centuries, the United States has stirred a very wide range of feelings in the rest of the world: love and hatred, fear and hope, envy and contempt, awe and anger. But there is one emotion that has never been directed towards the US until now: pity.
However bad things are for most other rich democracies, it is hard not to feel sorry for Americans. Most of them did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016. Yet they are locked down with a malignant narcissist who, instead of protecting his people from Covid-19, has amplified its lethality. The country Trump promised to make great again has never in its history seemed so pitiful.The Irish Times – Finton O’Toole
The article was written just after the current Oval Office occupant (#CO3) had is “interview” with Fox News inside the Lincoln Memorial. He went on to talk about #CO3 is inciting riots in State capitals demanding a release of the lockdown, some armed with AR15s inside the capital buildings. It is paradoxical how a white man can carry an assault rifle into a Statehouse without impunity but an unarmed person of color is killed while taking a jog.
The part of the quote above that piqued my attention was the mention that #CO3 has amplified the lethality of Covid-19. Statistics prove that out. The U.S. is approaching 1.5 million cases of Covid-19 (it will most likely be well above that number by the time this post is published). There are more than 75,00 deaths, so just 5% of the world’s population account from more than a third of all deaths. Globally the death rate is 34 people per million but the U.S. has SIX TIMES that amount. It looks like we certainly deserve the world’s pity for allowing an incompetent leader that let that happen.
Perhaps we should let #CO3 disband his Coronavirus task force, it is really nothing more than a show of ego now. But the same day he announced his decision to shut it down Fox News said that would be a mistake. The next day he, like so many other of his proclamations, said he changed his mind.
In closing out this post, it does seem like the world is now in the mode of pity for us. At least for now we are locked into a mode that most of us never thought possible. Whether we ever get the respect of the world back will very much depend on what happens this coming November. I don’t mean to alarm you (but I really do 😬) if we don’t correct the problem we may very well go the way of the Soviet Union and maybe even quicker than they did.