These thoughts were inspired in part by my friend Rosie’s Facebook shares…
Sometimes you read a sentence and you think to yourself: only here, only us. Here’s one such sentence.
“A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun while he stood to her left side, trying to guide her.”
… We’re seventh in literacy. Twenty-seventh in math. Twenty-second in science. Forty-ninth in life expectancy. A hundred and seventy-eighth in infant mortality. Third in median household income. Number four in labor force and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies.
Now none of this is the fault of a twenty-year-old college student, but you nonetheless are without a doubt a member of the worst, period, generation, period, ever, period. So when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I dunno what the fuck you’re talkin’ about. Yosemite? …
… First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore. Enough?
– Jeff Daniels as Anchor Will McAvoy on HBO’s The Newsroom
My intention was to include a video of that scene here, but every single copy had embedding disabled for it as I put this post together. However, for the moment at least, they’re still allowing them to be viewed on YouTube. You can watch my personal preference (the entire scene) here. Even if you’ve seen it before, I implore you to watch it again!
I want ice water.
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