There’s a laundry list of reasons that America is becoming less and less relevant in the 21st Century. It’s glory days far, far behind it the good ol’ U. S. of A. can barely get any progressive action out of the (seemingly) most progressive POTUS elected since Clinton.
The tip of the iceberg is Human Rights. One of the best examples: the fact that the rest of the planet is slowly but surely coming to terms with gay rights while the U.S. actively seeks to limit them is a sad, sad indicator of America’s moral failings.
Glenn Greenweld has an excellent article on Salon where he discusses Argentina’s recent adoption of same sex marriage and America’s failings:
The contrast with the U.S. is quite instructive and depressing. Not only is the U.S. not close to nationally recognizing same-sex marriage, but we have a law — the Defense of Marriage Act — that explicitly bars the granting of any and all federal spousal rights whatsoever (including immigration rights) to same-sex couples. Despite the election of a President who campaigned on a pledge to overturn that law, and overwhelming Democratic control of Congress, repeal of that law isn’t even on the table. The absolute most that is possible is a repeal of the unfathomably regressive ban on gays in the military, and the Obama-ordered granting of more spousal employment benefits to gay federal employees. Virtually no national politician in the U.S. is even willing to advocate same-sex marriage, and those who advocate granting equal rights as part of “civil unions” refuse to take any real steps to bring that about. Amazingly, it was only this year that the U.S. ended the repellent ban on HIV+ individuals from even entering the country, one of only 12 nations (a list largely comprised of some of the world’s worst human rights abusers) to have continued it that long.
As a young man one of my grandest ambitions was to move to America, living in New York. “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere…” Now, the U.S.A. is becoming a derisive, divided, pseudo-theocracy, afraid to move forward and stuck in the muck it has created. Slowly, inexorably that muck will pull it down.