As of this writing, there are 61 days left until November's general election and the whole world is in awe over what's happening in the United States right now.
Will President Donald Trump win reelection despite a failed coronavirus response? Earlier this week, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis released eight weeks of White House Coronavirus Task Force reports that concluded the Trump administration downplayed the threat of the virus at every turn. The link to all of this is right HERE, by the way.
Will Joe Biden emerge victorious? Earlier, ABC News broke the story that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) withheld intelligence warning of Russian disinformation efforts promoting falsehoods about Biden's mental health and capacity to lead. If you've kept hearing about Biden having "dementia," then now you know where that allegation came from.
But will any of this have any effect on the election cycle? It's public knowledge that Russia and China are interfering in the election, and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe recently announced his office will no longer deliver in-person election security briefings to members of Congress. We'll see, won't we?
In the meantime, foreigners are both vexed and appalled––to say the least––as we've been so stridently reminded after Redditor IceCreamTacosPizza asked the online community, "Non-Americans of Reddit, what's your genuine reaction to what's going on in America right now?"
"It's like watching Britney Spears..."
It's like watching Britney Spears go through that "shaved-head phase."
"The U.S. always appeared..."
The US always appeared like an older, stronger brother - now it feels like this brother started using meth.
"Being in the U.K. right now..."
Being in the U.K. right now kind of feels like being a little boat that has broken down and everyone's too busy being mad at the captain to fix anything. But then you look to the left and there's a big cruise ship burning as it sinks with people fighting on every deck, and the captain's throwing gasoline on everything, and you feel a little bit better about the s***** boat you're in.
"It constantly feels..."
Honestly it's borderline beyond comprehension. It constantly feels a little more like a poorly written soap opera than real life.
"I knew there were lots of idiots..."
I knew there were lots of idiots, but the sheer quantity is mind blowing. And how so many Americans just can't handle a view that's different to their own or at least allow others to have a different view, is crazy.
"There seems to be no safety net..."
I used to really admire America. The last few years have changed that perception drastically. The blatantly corrupt politics seem to have the whole country in such a tight grip that from the outside it looks like a 3rd world country. Your president is lying constantly and obviously yet he has outspoken followers in the millions who just disregard his lies.
There seems to be no safety net for the average person at all and you seem to rely on luck to get through your life. "I hope I dont lose my job, if i do I am f*****," "If I get sick i am f*****", "Never mind the ambulance, I'll call an Uber, I'd rather die than pick up the hospital bill," "Oh s*** I had a kid, better start saving tens of thousands for college."
Your police force is ridiculous. People with not even a high school diploma can become cops? Are you serious? Shooting people left and right.
Gun laws are out of control obviously.
Religion also. It plays such a huge role in your society to the point that it actually affects elections. In "the greatest country on earth" in 2020. It is insane.
"But I honestly don't know..."
From Canada: Angry. Sad. Disappointed.
We used to think pretty highly of you, but now we just feel sorry for you. You are so divided we're not sure how you can ever come together as a country again.
Your guns are out of control. Your racism is dividing you. Your politics are a disaster. Your healthcare system is a joke. Your pandemic is out of control and you will soon be in the depths of a depression, with more than 30m people without jobs. How do you feel so far?
Trump isn't the cause of your problems, but he is the worst person and the worst solution you could ever hope for in that office, and is only making things worse. He is destroying you, and half of you actually support him. Don't you know that he only cares about himself.
Wake up America!! Get rid of Trump. Get rid of all your guns. Give healthcare to everyone. Make black lives mean as much as white lives. Black Lives Matter Too.
We own a vacation home in California, so we have a personal connection to the US. But I honestly don't know when we'll ever see it again or even be able to cross the border.
"Now it's at the point..."
Sadness. As a Norwegian I've never felt like the US is somewhere I would particularly like to live and work, but I've loved visiting and I have some really good friends over there. It looked like things were getting a bit better under Obama, but really the cracks were starting to show with the yearly government lockdowns. Now it's at the point where I would be hesitant to visit even despite the pandemic. Last time (2014) there were guards with rifles in Dallas airport and it freaked me out. I can't even imagine what it would be like now and whether I would feel safe around authority figures. As a white European highly educated female I would most likely be fine, but still. Just the fact that I feel like I have to consider this is crazy to me.
"I seriously can't..."
I'm a Canadian, living in Mexico since 2014. I seriously can't wrap my head around it from either vantage point. It's like watching a slow-motion car wreck - it's horrifying and you know nothing good is going to come of it but it's fascinating at the same time.
"What saddens me the most..."
The first time I met a US libertarian, I was in the pub. He was a supposedly intelligent person arguing that "any form of taxation is robbery." What a f****** idiot, I thought. Little did I realize how mainstream "libertarianism" is.
The Second Amendment is there to protect your precious democracy from tyrants. Ironic who the gun owners support the most.
Allowing the police to buy military surplus; what did you expect to happen?
Socialism is evil; but what about your fire service, police, army? Why do those things get special treatment? Why isn't your healthcare on that list?
What saddens me the most is how the basics, such as universal healthcare and social support are so reviled by so many. Worst is that those who are the most vocal are probably not far from those who would benefit the most.
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