From my childhood I have been a willing subject of the US Empire. From Abbott and Costello, Mickey Rooney , Shirley Temple, Elvis, Dobie Gillis, Gomer Pyle, Madonna to knowing knowing what a constitutional amendment is. The US is the only empire that has ruled without the conquest of land. Yes, it’s been in a few wars and such, but the US empire was created fundamentally by what has famously been called ‘Cocacolonisation. In other words, the US colonised the world by culture. For that, I think the US needs congratulations. An empire created without (well not too much) bloodshed.
Now though, it is disturbing to see that the US empire is in decline. The reason? Quite simply, the capitalist economy. The US now boasts near or just over 10% unemployment and the almighty dollar isn’t worth a peanut. China, India and even the UK are out performing the US economically. In a way, I think the US problems are similar to Japan, who have also declined. When you decide you are so cool that you don’t need to make things anymore and send your manufacturing off to some cheap labour third world country in the name of excessive and disgusting levels of corporate profit, you sign your death warrant. Western economies, and their corporate sponsors, are proof that greed is indeed not good. Apple may be one of the world’s biggest companies, but how many jobs do they create in the US? Well while your calibrating, consider that they create a lot of jobs in China, but probably none in Alabama.
The US is in crisis. I must say I had high hopes when Obama was elected after the dreadful years of Bush. Alas though, he has proved to be, well, a dud. A misfiring skyrocket. So much hope, and so little delivery. I must point out that as an outsider, I have no allegiance to either side of politics in America, but I will say that both have been as seriously as bad as each other for far too long.
From a ‘B’ grade actor to a peanut farmer to an oil man with no political knowledge to a president who thought oral sex was the way to pass his time in office to an idiot who needed a vice president to make decisions for him and now to a really nice guy who has no idea what he is doing.
Please America. Get back to being an empire, but for god sake, please elect someone who knows what they are doing next time.