American Exceptionalism?

American Exceptionalism?

You might remember these Russian Reversal jokes popularized in the 1980's:
  • In America, you break law.
  • In Soviet Russia, law breaks you!
  • In America, you assassinate presidents.
  • In Soviet Russia, presidents assassinate you!
  • In America, you watch Big Brother.
  • In Soviet Russia, Big Brother watches you!
  • In America, you catch a cold.
  • In Soviet Russia, cold catches you!

Well, America has changed a lot since the 1980's, and those don't ring true any longer. Since 2002, the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world; The law is breaking us. And yes, our president is assassinating us. And, we now know beyond any doubt that Big Brother is watching us. Finally, lack of healthcare is killing Americans. Yes, cold is also literally killing us.

During the Soviet Russia era, many fled from the Eastern Bloc; They were the ones telling those jokes. These days, Americans are being forced to flee the United States. But the saddest thing is, most Americans are still in denial; American Exceptionalism? Really?
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