Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Law That Includes Death Penalty as a Punishment: The legislation is among the most restrictive of its kind in the world and was condemned by Western leaders and the United Nations human rights body. Afghan Women Who Aided U.S. Military Wait for Asylum in America: Members of the Afghan Army’s all-female platoon are some of the roughly 70,000 Afghans living in the United States whose temporary status has left them with an uncertain future.
Texas Lawmakers Pass Ban on D.E.I. Programs at State Universities: It’s the latest state to defund diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
I really try hard not to regurgitate what’s in the news in my blogs, but today was the final day! It started with an opinion writer last week telling us not to discount DeSantis’s run for U.S. president, and then Erdoğan won re-election as president of Turkey. I strongly prefer not to give print time to either of these two despots or the criminal known as Trump. It’s all too depressing, as I suspect it is for my subscribers as well. It is interesting (an academic way to imply neutrality) that many of my golden age friends are now on mood enhancers due to the 24-hour news cycle and reading the headlines.
In other countries, it is mostly older people who report pain, which makes some sense since their bodies are beyond warranty; but in the U.S., younger and younger people are in distress. Headlines report epidemic depression and drug use. Twenty-two mass shootings since the first of the year, the abysmal behavior of our Supreme Court justices, climate disasters, and an all-out attack on speaking truth in academia. In the vernacular of everyday speech, WTF.
However, while the U.S. is clearly in a state of emotional distress and lack of quality and qualified leadership, surely, we are not in as bad a shape as other countries (many of whom are failed states due to our constant interventions and machinations.) My doctor, a Pakistani by birth, assured me last week that Pakistan was on the brink of major disaster and chaos. She was thrilled to have to put up with the problems in the U.S.
I get that other countries, especially those that we have helped cause to fail, become tyrannies, but how do you explain what is happening here in America? I can’t—can you?