Americans Don’t Give A Damn About Greatness Anymore

The United States of America finds itself in the midst of the greatest existential crisis of a generation. What comes next?

Thomas Dylan Daniel
Jun 5, 2020 · 4 min read
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State funding for universities is declining in the United States of America. Crumbling infrastructure puts drivers at risk even when protests and occasional riots about the brutal deaths of citizens of the United States at the hands of its militarized police forces don’t block streets off entirely. A deadly disease rampages these same streets, crosses these same bridges, and has strongly disincentivized in-person attendance at these same universities. In short, the United States is falling apart.

Starting in the troubled Obama presidency, Donald Trump has become a voice for the rural parts of the United States, where nobody gives a damn about greatness anymore. Instead of voting for leadership to take the nation to new heights, these voters have resisted any and all efforts to elevate absolutely anything. A Space Force that will probably be dissolved when Trump leaves office and a border wall with an extremely expensive price tag which will remain unfinished are the only things of any real substance accomplished by what has frankly been a kleptocratic regime intent upon breaking the law to line the pocketbooks of wealthy campaign donors and of course Trump himself.

And yet, poll numbers for the president referred to online as Cheeto Man have only begun to dip in recent days, with a slide among evangelical white Americans. These voters are Trump’s base, and our suffering as a nation has been at their insistence. It is possible that COVID-19 will send enough urban millennials home to make an appreciable difference in some voting patterns, but we probably won’t know much about this factor until the election.

The fall of 45

With the upcoming election as the centerpiece in American political attention right now, Joe Biden has wisely remained silent, allowing his opponents to dig their hole deeper. With experience running the nation through relatively prosperous times, Biden offers the Democrats a chance to quietly consolidate their advantage and meditate on appropriate changes. His strategic minimization of his public presence during this time of crisis has allowed the Republicans every opportunity to mismanage the nation and demonstrate their incompetence. If things go according to plan for the Democrats and Trump crumples, all the Republicans are likely to fall with him. In this case, the Democrats will own both houses of Congress for at least the next two years and likely hold a supermajority in Congress for far longer than any administration in recent history.

The next American dynamic in politics could conceivably consist of a staunchly conservative federal judiciary in stark opposition to overwhelmingly centrist and left-leaning executive and legislative branches. As the riots continue, Trump’s stranglehold on the media grows weaker and weaker. The more conservative voices shout for the Army to shoot protestors in the streets, the lower Republican poll numbers will fall.

2020 has shown us that anything is possible, so it is of course far too soon to begin counting chickens, but President Barack Obama is working to end gerrymandering and a variety of other appealing electoral, systemic, and economic projects will become possible if Trump is removed from office by the American people in November of this year.

Americans don’t give a damn about greatness anymore

The ultimate truth about the United States as seen by many of us here and many of our brothers and sisters overseas is that, by electing Donald Trump, Americans showed the world that they didn’t give a damn about greatness anymore. We could have elected— in fact, we did overwhelmingly vote for — Hillary Clinton, who would have carried out whatever was possible to get through the Republican Congress of her more or less reasonable agenda and probably protected the world from COVID-19 simply by maintaining the funding that kept the staff in place in Wuhan and the best and brightest minds in organizations such as our CDC.

Instead, we got rock-throwers. Americans who said things on camera about just wanting to “burn it all down,” or “see it burn.” People who voted for Trump, not because they thought he would do a good job as president, but because they wanted to hurt others.

As this bogeyman of a president eggs on brutal police behavior and billy club blows and tear gas rain down upon some of these same American heads, the nation that overwhelmingly voted for the other candidate four years ago just gets angrier and angrier. The riots and protests will continue, and they will bring about change. The main question on everyone’s mind right now is what sort of change it will end up being, and it is my opinion that the view presented in this article is perhaps the one we should hope for. Because I do want to live in a great nation.

All we have to do to get started is to get rid of the man who said he could do it for us.

He can’t.

He also isn’t even trying.

We have to do it ourselves.

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Thomas Dylan Daniel is an existential philosopher, professional ethicist, author, and biophysicist. Connect via his website or Facebook, or have a look at his books.


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