Malaise Is BACK!
American Optimism Lowest Since Carter Administration
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
than four-in-10 Americans (39 percent) rate the US in a positive manner
– the most negative feedback the country has produced since 1979.
new Gallup poll finds that Americans are as negative about the
country’s prospects as they have been in more than three decades.
Americans are more upbeat in their predictions of where the U.S. will be
in five years (48 percent positive), but this is the lowest rating
since an August 1979 Gallup poll was conducted." SOURCE: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/01/22/gallup-american-optimism-hits-lowest-point-since-carter-administration/
kidding? Why, I thought everyone was ecstatic now that America is a
socialist country. Well, news like this makes one wonder if ole Winnie
Churchill was right when he said that under socialism everybody SUFFERS
Enjoy these halcyon days while you can because it
is all downhill from here. All these idyllically calm, peaceful, happy,
and tranquil days are just a facade. Actually the facade is not very
convincing either. Otherwise, we'd not have such a report from Gallop.
the "malaise" of the Carter years? Well, if you're an , uh, older
American you do. I remember it well. I can't don a sweater today
without thinking of the Carter administration. I rarely wear sweaters
Well, Obama's malaise
has set in. And it will eat at the core of the nation for the next
four years slowing sucking the life out of our economy, and depleting
the energy level of the American people.
Remember what I have written over and over and over about the acceptance of MEDIOCRITY under Obama's brand of socialism? Well, America, you have just gotten a teensie little taste of it.
The dirty little secret about Obama's socialism is this: It EXCELS at mediocrity.
socialism does not bring everyone UP to the same level. No. Just the
opposite. It lowers those already at a higher level down to the lower
level. That's what socialists mean by equality, by fairness. We all
Already the middle class is disappearing in
America. When Obama has completed his "fundamental transformation" of
America, there will be NO Middle Class. Oh, there will be two classes,
the lower class and the power elite -- the folks who run everything. See
they are MORE EQUAL than you and I.
The process has already begun. Now we watch the inevitable slide from American excellence, or what we used to call "American Exceptionalism," to, well, mediocrity as the new normal.
are the days of the unlimited horizon. Gone is the belief that nothing
was impossible for the Americans. Obama has led us to the outer limits
of the possible and shown us that, indeed, we ARE limited. He has
shown us that fairness dictates a limit to progress, to innovation, to
dreams. For America, there is nothing left to discover, to invent, to
explore, to build or rebuild, to dream of, or hope for.
is no longer the country every other country wants to emulate. Even
our President is the butt of all sorts of jokes, from racial to locker
room humor, around the world. Our national pride has taken a huge hit.
How did we get here? Through ignorance and apathy and the application of a well thought-out process.
was right. There is a sucker born every minute. As of right now, the
American public is that sucker and it is being taken for the ride of its
life by a very shrewd and manipulative political process that is
capitalizing on its fears and frustrations by promising it the world
with a song and a dance. Before this song and dance are through an awful
lot of dazed and confused dullards are going to be in for the shock of
their lives. And the worst thing of all is that these dullards willingly
lined up for the shock." SOURCE: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/10/29/dumbing-it-down-the-pursuit-of-intellectual-mediocrity-in-america/
is malaise. It's real and it's ugly and very dangerous. It will sap a
nation's strength and lay it's defenses low. It makes a nation
vulnerable, especially to the miscreant with "all the right answers."
Having lived and worked through the Carter years, this is all recognizable to me.
America was being micro-managed by a strong central government during
those years. And I do mean MICRO MANAGED. I recall conversations with a
local civil preparedness supervisor who had been tasked with spot
checking businesses to make sure the building thermostats had been set
to the government approved settings. (No -- I am NOT kidding!) Even
though he was a member of Carter's democratic party, he was furious at
being tasked with spying on his friends and neighbors. He has long
since passed on but were he alive today he would not believe the depth
of government intrusion into the everyday lives of Americans.
Reagan rescued America then. But Ronald Reagan was one of a kind. Where is the right's champion today?
© J. D. Longstreet