RESPONSE: thank you for your reply. I think you are simplifying things a bit. The argument that some people have it worse elsewhere is a bit of a strawman. Some people also have it really bad here, and their suffering isn’t made better just because someone else is also suffering halfway across the globe.

I am glad that things are materially good for you in the US, but for many that is not their lived reality. This country has a lot of problems, many of which are getting worse, and we need to be honest about them.

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