^ This is one of the best essays I've read this year about how America became as batty as it is now.
This is how I prefaced it when I shared the article on Facebook...
"The American experiment has metastasized out of control. Being American now means we can believe anything we want." - excerpt from essay.
-Vaccines = autism is a thing.
-Climate change is not a thing.
-Letting immigrants into the country immediately, unwaveringly means letting terrorists in.
-Women can't perform in STEM fields because some non-science said so.
-Scientology makes the most sense out of all of them though.
-Trans people *will* rape you in a public bathroom.
-Providing universal healthcare is a fast and direct route into becoming super, duper communist, like omg, you'd be part of the Bolsheviks even.
-Every Planned Parenthood facility provides no other service than to kill carried-to-term infants.
-Oprah Winfrey is literal, *l i t e r a l*, magic.
-White nationalist men want a country back that was never theirs to begin with (?) and do not want to be oppressed (?) anymore by the system they built anyway (?) and want back the rights they've always had anyway (?) ........writing that out felt like I just ran around a maze and hit every dead end. Let's just call it "White men deserve to be angry just because"
The essay touches on America's sense of exceptionalism. *looks at list again* And they are indeed an exceptional bunch."
The essay is long and you need to read the whole goddamn thing.