As an American, I’m ashamed that…

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…Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States.

…rather than being elected by the people, there is an Electoral College, consisting of representatives who formally cast votes for the election of the US President and Vice President.

…the growing gap between the richest and poorest Americans results in ever-increasing income inequality, with almost fifty million impoverished citizens.

…the current budget for the US military is in excess of 600 billion dollars.

…from the Gulf War to the Conflict in the Niger Delta, America is constantly engaged in battles over petroleum resources, including their consumption, regulation and transportation.

although there is congressional representation in places like Puerto Rico, as well as Washington DC, they don’t necessarily get to vote on Capitol Hill.

…as time goes on, more and more privatized hospitals, schools and prisons are emerging in America.

…the DNC was actively working to sabotage Bernie Sanders’ campaign, during the presidential race in 2016.

…military veterans are not properly cared for by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides underfunded and understaffed VA Hospitals.

…there are currently more than 500,000 homeless people living in America.

…President Obama substantially increased the use of drone strikes in modern military missions.

…the US government persecutes and prosecutes whistleblowers, such as Snowden and Manning, among others.

…America has a high disapproval rating in dozens of different countries, such as Germany, Jordan, Russia, Iran, Argentina, Lebanon and Pakistan.

...in 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of having dark money in American politics, thereby allowing for unlimited funds from undisclosed sources in campaign finance.

…when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, back in 2005, FEMA and Governor Blanco ineffectively managed one of the deadliest natural disasters in US history.

…there are about as many guns as there are people here in the US, and mass shootings have been on the rise since the year 2000.

…on average, in the United States of America, rich people can expect to live about a decade, or two, longer than poor people.

…America refuses to adopt the metric system, thereby resisting social progress toward internationalism.

…there are 32 million illiterate adults in this country.

…the NSA indiscriminately spies on law-abiding tax-payers, in a number of different ways, at home and abroad.

…the United States has the highest infant mortality rate, of all the developed nations in the world.

…President George W. Bush, and his administration, made hundreds of false claims concerning Iraq’s alleged threat to America, which led to armed conflict from 2003 to 2011.

…the US intelligence agencies, as well as other authorities, weren’t able to prevent the terrorist attacks that happened on 9/11, among other occasions.

…the nation’s overall infrastructure grade is a D+ rating, making it on the verge of failure.

…President Bill Clinton signed the Financial Services Modernization Act in 1999, which led to the Stock Market Crash of 2008 and the Great Recession.

…after the House impeached President Clinton, alleging obstruction of justice and perjury, the Senate later acquitted him on both charges, with all the Democrats and a few Republicans voting not guilty.

…America has the highest incarceration rate in the entire world, currently housing more than two million inmates.

…President Reagan implemented widespread tax cuts, decreased social spending, and he increased military spending, as well as the deregulation of domestic markets.

…the US military is responsible for numerous massacres, such as Wounded Knee, My Lai, and Kandahar, to name but a few.

…President John F. Kennedy authorized the use of napalm and chemical weapons in the Vietnam War.

…from 1953 to 1973, the CIA ran an experimental research program into behavioral modification, using drugs like LSD, on unwitting Americans in Project MKUltra.

…in 1971, President Nixon started a “War on Drugs” that still rages on to this very day, leading to widespread eradication, interdiction, and incarceration.

…from 1932 to 1972, the US Public Health Service conducted the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, on African-American men in Alabama, under the guise of the participants receiving free health care.

…President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the overthrow of the Indonesian, Guatemalan and Iranian governments, through military coups.

…after WWII, hundreds of former Nazi scientists, engineers, and technicians were recruited to become US government employees, primarily from about 1945 to 1960.

…the US detonated nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 6th and 9th, in 1945.

…there were more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans incarcerated, in US internment camps, from 1942 to 1946.

…President Coolidge helped establish the economic policies that led to the Wall Street Crash of 1929, followed by the Great Depression.

…women didn’t have the right to vote, in America, until 1920.

…President James Polk completed the annexation of Texas, which triggered the Mexican War.

…in 1835, the federal debt was reduced all the way down to nothing, but the US now owes more than 21 trillion dollars.

…there were African-American slaves, from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the Emancipation Proclamation, and beyond.

…President John Adams put an embargo on Haiti in 1798, and the economy there has never fully recovered.

…Native Americans have been forced into treaties, and onto reservations, from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

…the Founding Fathers didn’t see this coming.

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