Dear World, On behalf of the United States of America, we’re sorry.

We’re sorry that the world’s first freely elected democratic government that gave you Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Kennedy has turned into an unfathomable shit-show.

We’re sorry that our laws governing the election for the nation’s highest office allowed the candidate with three million fewer votes to slither through a constitutional loophole to become the President of the free world.

We’re sorry that the nation of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights — documents of eloquence and freedom — now delivers a daily twitterstorm of falsehoods, lies, and blatant self promotions whose sole purpose is to erode confidence in our government’s institutions and muddle the public’s perception of right from wrong and good from bad.

We’re sorry for our complete abdication of civil discourse and adherence to facts and truths in all manners of public debate and for undermining the underpinnings of competent representation and governance.

We’re sorry for the Second Amendment. Badly written, hopelessly antiquated, and unavoidably divisive, it is has enabled the United States of America to become the world’s uncontested leader in gun violence while turning our schools, offices, and public spaces into hunting grounds for the mentally deranged.

We’re sorry that so many of our elected officials are bought and paid for by the National Rifle Association and are too spineless and greedy to amend the aforementioned badly written, hopelessly antiquated, and unavoidably divisive Second Amendment.

We’re sorry that the NRA contributed 30 million dollars to Donald Trump’s campaign for president, a drop in the bucket compared to the millions of dollars they donate to the pro-gun advocates in state and federal races every year.

We’re sorry that our First Amendment, a cherished pillar of freedom and free societies everywhere and emulated throughout the world and throughout time, a right that has been fought for, bled for, and died for, is under siege and getting trampled and spat on by our current generation of partisan leaders.

We’re sorry that the United States of America, a proud nation founded and built by immigrants and refugees and opened its doors to your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free is now building walls, closing gates, and enforcing ruthless separations of families and deportations.

We’re sorry that the United States of America, once a champion of democracy, freedom, and human rights, has embraced the world’s despots and dictators while shunning allies that have shared our common values, decencies, and devotions to freedom throughout modern history.

Dear World, we’re sorry we can no longer be your moral compass. We’re sorry we can no longer lead the good fight for individual rights, freedom of expression and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

We’re sorry that our President looks in the mirror he sees Winston Churchill but who the rest of the world sees is Neville Chamberlain.

We’re sorry for the unabated xenophobia, lies, hatred and bigotry that have infested our political discourse and one day our grown children will look back at with mortification and disgust.

Dear World, we’re sorry. We’re sorry that 2020 can’t come soon enough.

Sincerely,

The United States of America

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