An Open Letter to Meryl Streep
I heard and read your speech at the Golden Globes. Any decent person on this planet cannot disagree with any single word in your speech. And, you are certainly not an overrated actress. You have rightly highlighted the bullying habit of American corporate and political elite. I like to quote a special paragraph from your speech:
‘This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everyone’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.’
While stressing this, you gave one example of horrendous bullying by a person who was then aspiring for the highest office in your country, and now about to sit in the Oval Office in few days. When I read your speech, I thought that you should have given some more examples of bullying, particularly by those who are/were in power, and they have abused or continuously abusing that status. Let me add some to that. You may not like those examples because they are related to some of the powerful who you love, like and have campaigned for.
Last year, when you along with President Obama were asking votes for Secretary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for the post of POTUS, the current POTUS Obama was dropping thousands of bombs across the world, bombing those countries where majority of people cannot even spell the word- the United States of America. Consider these facts and figures:
– America dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016.
– This means that every day last year, the US military blasted combatants or civilians overseas with 72 bombs; that’s three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day.
– In 2016, US special operators could be found in 70% of the world’s nations, 138 countries – a staggering jump of 130% since the days of the Bush administration.
– President Obama has claimed that his overseas military adventures are legal under the 2001 and 2003 authorizations for the use of military force passed by Congress to go after al-Qaida. But today’s wars have little or nothing to do with those who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001.
(Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/09/america-dropped-26171-bombs-2016-obama-legacy)
Ms Streep, please refer to the last ‘State of the Nation’ address of President Obama. Please refer to the campaign interaction of Secretary Clinton at the Council of Foreign Relations. Please refer to her reaction when she was watching the video of Libyan leader Gaddafi being dragged, lynched and murdered.
I can go on and on. Ma’am, my point is simple. Trump is not an American exception. He is actually a perfect realization of the nightmarish American Dream. He is the Uncle Sam. He is the Yankee.
And bullying is at the core of American value championed by your politicians and persons in business suits. Hope one day you ask: ‘Why they hate us?’
And, yes, you are absolutely right that ‘Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.‘
Prakash K Ray