While your other remarks have merit, this does not. We DO have "skin in the game" wherever and whenever a group of people yearn to breath free and the alternative is to not breath at all. "Give me liberty or give me death." I'm willing to bet most of the population of the planet knows that phrase. You bet we've got skin in the game. And if you're only referring to literal "skin" just ask any member of our military or NGO sent to some country like Afghanistan to represent American democratic principles and values. Some of whom left their literal skin there.
i don't mean metaphorically. I mean literally life or death for the protestors. Their decisions are made with that fact in mind.
We will never go in to protect protestors in Hong Kong. And we have never, to my knowledge of history, gone in to protect a true democratic revolution, at least since WW2. We go in for selfish or misguided reasons these days. In fact, we have overthrown a few democratically-elected governments over the last half-century or so because we didn't like the results of the election.
I say all this with regret.