Mars, Cyber Monday, and the U.S.A.

Nov 27, 2018 · 2 min read

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
United States of America
United States of Amnesia
United States of Antithetical Extremes

Today we celebrate science and NASA landing on Mars 🚀
But sometimes science is not science
Even when the scientists say so

Even when California burns🔥
The Unpresidented President hides his own government’s climate change report in the hubbub of Black Friday
That annual classist and racist ritual where the privileged watch the less-fortunate trample each other for forty percent off on flat screen TVs
Made in China, of course
But All-American entertainment nonetheless

Cyber Monday
The day we devote to the deity of almighty Dollar 💵
The day we land on Mars
We launch tear gas at asylum-seeking families

Just as when we landed on the Moon 🌙
We dropped bombs on Vietnam and killed
Civil rights activists
Something that is still going on

We can send ships up into Space but we can’t get clean water for Flint
Or relief for Puerto Rico
Or the Subway to run on time

Well-meaning White people
Self-proclaimed progressives
Proclaim on Twitter:
“This is not my America”
“This is not who we are”

But it is who we have always been

America, blessed by Bezos with Amazon Prime
Same Day Shipping for the cost of a taxpayer-subsidized private helipad

America, where we are free to crowdfund our own treatment for cancer but where healthcare can never be free
(Silly socialist, socialism is for shareholders!)

America, where flavored vapes, Romaine lettuce, and exposed nipples are more dangerous than firearms

United States of America
United States of Amnesia
United States of Antithetical Extremes

Too vast for a single story
Too long for a tweet
Too great to make great again


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