America — until 2016, I’d get defensive when someone commanded, “If you don’t like it, MOVE!” Now, I’m wondering what the f*ck I’m still doing here.

Have you seen the front page of any national newspaper lately? They’re covered in headlines about how the American people can’t keep their shit together and livestreams on Facebook make us look like the lowest quality reality TV show sponsored by our current cult leader, the president.

In one episode, we’re shooting and stabbing each other in the streets over an election. In another, inspired by Jesus’s birthday, fake Santa sets off on his annual capitalism promoting, economy boosting, U.S. tour, except this year he’s bringing COVID-19 to children.

America — where citizens have the freedom to pose a public health risk. America — where it’s totally cool for 318,746 people to die in a pandemic because it’s “only a 2% death rate.”

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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