Our American self-image has us the best at everything, which is why U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley is so outraged at a U.N. special monitor’s report examining poverty in the United States. She thinks the special monitor ought to look at Burundi and leave the U.S. alone.
If we look honestly at measures like income inequality, infant mortality, life expectancy, social inequality, neglected diseases, obesity, access to clean water and sanitation, incarceration rates, youth poverty rate, the U.S. doesn’t come off well at all.
Our booming economy — part of what animates Trump voters and brings them to overlook the outrages of his administration — is only booming for some.
We have a rather astonishing 40M people in this country living in poverty, and the rate of hookworm infection in Lowndes County, Alabama, is at third world levels. Ambassador Haley’s home state of South Carolina, which she served as governor, has one of the lowest life expectancies in the country and one of the highest infant mortality rates.
You only care about that if you have some commitment to “we the people” as stated in the U.S. Constitution, and it’s clear Trumplandia has only disdain for that.