Open Letter to America

Dear America,

it’s the end of the year. I’ve been following what’s happening to you for the best part of two years and it’s a mess. There are so many things I don’t understand about you, things I take for granted but you don’t and some of them are just stupid.

Italy and America are different. VERY different. You are one of the biggest and most powerful countries in the world and we are not. People say you have the best democratic process, but somehow the person who gets the most votes does not end up becoming the President. (It should have been you, Hillary! I’m still not over it.). The easiness with which you can obtain a gun, or worst an automatic weapon, is baffling to me. And last but not least, health care. Why can’t health care be available to everyone? Most developed country managed to figure out how to do it. Why can you not, America?

But I have so many questions and thoughts I’d like to share with you:

  • PRESIDENT TRUMP:

For once, dear America, we proceeded you. We had our own Donald Trump. But from 1994 to 2014! AH AH! WE DID IT!

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Our own orange buffoon was Silvio Berlusconi. He started as a business man, built a television empire and then went into politics without having ever held a government position. But he won. And he kept winning. He was on TV all the time, he tried to shape italian minds with his own propaganda. And the scandals! By comparison, the hollywood access tape with Billy Bush is a joke. He was accused of having sex with a minor, of hosting dinners with escorts and prostitute and more. You should read some of the testimonies these girls gave. Horrific.

We were stupid enough to elect him and he was only the Prime Minister of a small country like ours. We are not as influential and as important as you, America, but he managed to stuck my country in the same place for 20 years.

And now he’s back. At 81. Trying to make coalitions with a right-wing super racist party.

For you, I had better hope America. I thought you were better than this. Learn from our mistakes and get him out of office as soon as possible.

  • GUN CONTROL

Why are people obsessed with gun? Why? They kill people. They are dangerous. Dear America, can you explain it? Why are people so scared of gun regulation? Tragedies like the one in Las Vegas should not be happening. People aren’t supposed to have the possibility of buying that many dangerous automatic weapons. I really don’t understand any of this. Why do they feel like guns are the solutions to their problems? Why do they feel the necessity to own these lethal weapons?

It’s the second amendment of your constitution. Ok. To me it’s stupid, but ok. You have the right to own guns. The problem is: why is it so easy to get access to guns in your country? I have been trying to wrap my mind around all of this, but I can’t.

  • HEALTH CARE

I can (kind of) get past the whole Donald Trump thing, and the gun situation (not really but let’s pretend for a moment), but health care is what leaves me completely baffled.

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In Italy (and in many many many counties all over the world), health care is universal and public. Sure, it’s flawed but it’s mostly free.

My granddad has diabetes, a pacemaker and had two surgeries, one to remove a tumor and one to eliminate an obstruction in his neck vein that prevented the blood from reaching his brain. If our health care system wasn’t public, he would have died. But he’s still here, about to celebrate his 88th birthday.

Why can you figure out how to do it, like almost the rest of the world? Bernie Sanders’ plan might be a little bit too idealistic, but he was in the right track!

It’s true, health care is complicated: pre-existing conduction, insurance companies, premiums… every time I hear people talking about it, I get more confused.

But why half the country is against having universal health care is beyond me.

I understand that you, America, are capitalism personified, that you are a merit-based society, but isn’t it time to improve?

You pride yourself on being the best democracy in the world, but to me it’s a load of bullshit.

I love you, America, don’t get me wrong. But the more I get to know you, the more you confused me.

Anyway, I hope I’ll understand you better in the future. You’ll continue to intrigue me and I’ll continue to try to figure you out.

All the best,

Georgia



I based my letter on this wonderful article on contemporarywomen.org . Go read it. It’s amazing.

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US Presidential Election 2016

I wasn’t going to write about politics on this blog, but things are starting to get out of control.

With only 3 and a half months away from President Obama’s last day in the White House, the entire world is watching the US presidential election.

Thanks to talk shows like “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, “Late Night with Seth Meyer”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “The Late Late show with James Corden” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”, I have been following the election through the “funny side”.

Since (of course) I am not an american and I don’t live there, I don’t know what life is like overseas. But I am interested in the culture, the legislations and politics and I feel invested in this. This election isn’t just about America… It’s about all of us, the entire world.

The talk show hosts have been talking non-stop about Democrats and Republicans, Caucasus and all of that (I still get confused about all of this process.) and I got really into it. I have learnt a lot, but to be honest, I would have never got this invested if it hadn’t been for these shows.

It made it incredibly easy to understand and follow this last year of meetings, conferences and speeches.

As of now, I am watching the first presidential debate and there are a lot of things that are wrong. First of all, this debate thing is completely new to me. Here in Italy we don’t have it, but I think it’s great. You get to actually know the candidates, instead of watching endless hours of boring political talk show like we do here. In America they ask them about the facts and what they would actually do.

Anyway, this election has been one of the most horrible things I have seen on television (and yes it includes Game Of Thrones’ Red Wedding). Senators biting each other heads off, insulting their running mate, undermining everything and everyone…

Having no filters, no worries of sounding racists and the absurd idea of building a wall across the border between the USA and Mexico, Donald Trump has been the centre of every tv program.

As a woman, I found myself deeply offended by his remarks on Megyn Kelly and all the other women: let alone insulting people on national television just for the hell of it, but attacking us women for not looking like unrealistic plastic dolls is unacceptable. Making fun of Ms Kelly by saying, and I quote:

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.” was disgusting.

Although he tried to rectify it on Twitter by adding “nose” at the end of that sentence, his pathetic excuse didn’t count much. This is only one of the many insult he directed towards women, minority (and let’s face it) everyone else except him.

I am outraged about his statements… And I am ashamed as a human being… I know that there are horrible people in this world, but I didn’t think it was to this extend.

I am not qualified to judge his plans… oh no, wait… He doesn’t have any… Shit…

Well, I cannot judge his business. I don’t know the first thing about the economy, but personally I believe the facts are against him. I won’t talk about his bankruptcy because there is John Oliver linked below.

Also, he keeps mentioning “Law and Order”… Is he quoting the TV show? Doesn’t he know that it’s shit? Oh well… I’m obviously joking, but this “Law and Order” business is all about gun regulations and the NRA.

Why are americans so obsessed with guns? WHY? I am truly asking. I want to understand this.

It is the 21st century, people. WAKE UP. Let’s not go back to the Dark Times. It has come to deciding which one is the least worse. And it’s horrible. You shouldn’t decide your president based on which you dislike the least.

 



Here are a few pieces that I LOVE:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump (HBO)  

This is the most amazing thing I have seen on HBO after Game Of Thrones.



Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Border Wall (HBO)

What is with this f***ing wall!? Ever heard of the Berlin Wall? Do you remember what happened almost 20 years ago, Donald? COME ON.


The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

 

Yes, I am a bit obsessed with John Oliver. No big deal. I just love him and his show… And his humor. ❤

Also, Stephen Colbert is amazing. I didn’t really knew him before this show and frankly I didn’t really like him, but he has become one of my favourite hosts. ❤

I hope we can start an intelligent and calm discussion about his topic! I am genuinely interested in hearing your opinion!

Have a nice day!

 

Georgia    🙂