I am finishing up my last semester in an MA program here in the States, a program in which I benefited supremely: free tuition, free housing, free meal plan, decent stipend -all of which wraps up in about 8 weeks, but I am feeling, more and more as each day passes, disgust at this country, its people, its culture. I was raised in Buffalo, did my BA in NYC, lived there for 7 years, fell in love/hate with Taiwan, got married there, and am now about to return. It couldn’t come sooner.
What I’m about to say is surely nothing new. But, perhaps because I was often preoccupied with one thing or another, I either blocked these elements out or was having too good a time to understand them. Not this time around.
What I notice now is a country deeply religious in Christianity -be it Protestants or Catholics or Lutherans or what have you- who ALL support the War in Iraq to the fullest. To the best of my knowledge, one of the pillars of this country was “separation of church and state.” However, beginning with home life, Americans meld them. Parents who are Protestant (semi-serious ones) pressure/force their children to 1. vote Republican 2. buy Ford (American at the very least), 3. support ANY and All military actions by the USA and BUY INTO WHATEVER BILL O’REILLY has to say about it. I’ve met 10 year old kids, many, in fact, who pledged their support for Mr. O’Reilly, the Christian Church, Jesus Christ, the 2nd Coming, Heaven, the Holy Spirit, AND:
that Darwin’s theory of Evolution has found its equivilent in “Al Gore’s” Global Warming". They’ve told me -children and parents standing side by side- that Darwin’s theory is as equally idiotic as Gore’s.
They said all this in euphoric rapture. I’ve seen it all over Alaska, NYC, and upstate NY. It’s scary.
The USA is becoming (or, has been in the making) a very, very frightening place of neo-conservative, blind-believers who have no qualms about brainwashing their children to “tow the line”. I actually hate being here now. These people are inescapable; they are everywhere.
Americans are ignorant, wasteful, and ignorant. I am a Freshman composition teacher. For the past 3 semesters, for our research paper (worth 40% of the grade), the topic was: Jihad.
Give a background of the foundation of Islam, a backrgrounder on the prophet Mohammed, how Islam spread, what Jihad means, and where it stands today. Each time, no more than 3 -3 MAX- out of a class of 25, had ever heard of the word Jihad. No more than 10 -MAX- had ever heard of Mohammed.
It’s an ignorant bunch growing up here; their parents are far worse, and the generation about to replace them is worse still.
Bad things in store for the States, that’s my opinion.
For those of you considering coming back, think again. The USA is a country that has totally lost its direction. The War in Iraq is in every way representative -right down to the latest IED explosion- of the collective soul of America today.