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The day American exceptionalism died

The myth of American exceptionalism — the belief held onto by too many citizens that the U.S. is the best country in the world and blessed by God to remain so for generations — is dead.

Of course, millions of African-American, poor, homosexual, Hispanic and other Americans have known the truth about exceptionalism for decades. Every single day of their lives, they saw power in the hands of others being used against them. Whether it was a job, a promotion, a good education or other opportunity for growth, these Americans knew the system was against them; exceptionalism was reserved for groups to which they didn’t belong.

A majority of Whites chose to do nothing about the “other,” except to offer polite platitudes and undertake some volunteer work. (I stand guilty as charged.)

But as of Jan. 31, 2020, the remainder of rational America can now say the same thing — exceptionalism is a mirage. In fact, it’s dead.

It was on this Friday that Republicans in the U.S. Senate said a president can be above the law. They said there was no reason to hear from credible people that the president might have abused his power. They mocked the idea that evidence, not favoritism, ought to determine innocence or guilt.

They flushed democracy down the drain.

They might be ashamed of what they opted to do, but they also showed zero conviction and ethical behavior. When asked to do what was right, they chose to be selfish.

Exceptional nations affirm each day that the law applies to everyone equally. Exceptional nations affirm each day that opportunity is available for all. Exceptional national affirm each day that improving the lives of every citizen is paramount.

African-Americans, the poor, homosexuals, Hispanics and many others saw through this charade decades ago. On Jan. 31, 2020, the mainstream who don’t count themselves as racist and feckless finally did, too.

REUTERS: U.S. declares coronavirus public health emergency after imposing quarantines

Jan 31 Reuters) – The Trump administration, while insisting the risk to Americans from coronavirus is low, nevertheless declared a public health emergency on Friday and announced the extraordinary step of barring entry to the United States of foreign nationals who have traveled to China. In addition, starting on Sunday U.S. citizens who have traveled […]

via U.S. declares coronavirus public health emergency after imposing quarantines — National Post

REUTERS: Britain Brexits – United Kingdom leaves the European Union

Liverpool, 9March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

LONDON — The United Kingdom finally cast off from the European Union on Friday for an uncertain Brexit future, turning its back on post-World War Two attempts to unite the once warring nations of Europe into a global power. In its biggest geopolitical shift since the loss of its sprawling empire, the United Kingdom slipped […]

via Britain Brexits – United Kingdom leaves the European Union — National Post

(ICYMI) It’s Brexit Day

Liverpool, 9March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

Brexit Day, it has arrived

The U.K. says goodbye

Without Europe, Johnson says,

Merry ol’ England, it will fly

It took one thousand plus days

From referendum to right here

Conservatives throughout the island

Can now stand and cheer

Labour under Corbyn

Who will not yet go away

Will loudly remind everyone

There will be no bright day

Brussels will move on

Washington will too

And will Edinburgh soon tell London

You know, screw you?

Questions needing answers

Trade deals, they are on the clock

And that means boy man Boris

Had better not be wazzock

TIME Magazine: Trump Administration Curbs Immigration for Additional 6 Countries in Election-Year Push to Restrict Visas

(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration announced Friday that it was curbing legal immigration from six additional countries that officials said did not meet security standards, as part of an election-year push to further restrict immigration. Officials said immigrants from Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania will face new restrictions in obtaining certain visas to…

via Trump Administration Curbs Immigration for Additional 6 Countries in Election-Year Push to Restrict Visas — TIME