There it is, our self-righteous attitude, and we're so self-righteous we can't even see that is the case. We still tell ourselves that we champion 'civil rights' even as more reports come out saying otherwise. We tout our "Wealth" over "poorer countries" without realizing it's our companies, our exploitation that keeps them poor. The first-world wealth comes from the externalization of risk on to the third world. We prop up and keep dictators in place to maintain access. We oppose "dictators" but recommend "technocrats". We oppose "terrorists" in some countries but cheer "rebels" in others. We cheer our banking system as stable while simultainuously admitting that it's 100% reliant on the fundamentally flawed U.S. banking system. We lament over how much money we donate to "children in Africa" (in reality the western "charities") while referring to our impovershed citizens as bums or hoodlums. We talk about a prosperous future of growth while letting people know the era of careers is finished. We constantly refer to problems like hunger, climate change, peak oil in the future tense so that we'll feel they are not affecting us and taking place now. We're a nation whose "peacekeeper" image replays in it's citizens heads while we help oust or asassinate foreign leaders.
We're self-righteous alright, no matter how much we kick and scream to the world that we are the ideal free society. We're not and to think we are is to only fool ourselves.
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