Malaise is here -- Misery Index On The Way
"Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin"
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
You DO realize this is President Jimmy Carter's third term -- don't you?
Yeah. I KNOW that's not funny. There hasn't been much fun for a long time now.
the Carter era years I was trying to run a profitable business, keep
all my employees on the payroll, and figure out how to comply with all
the ridiculous regulations handed down from DC -- up to and where,
exactly, to set the heating and cooling thermostat in my office! YES!
It WAS just that ridiculous.
picture of Jimmy Carter in a cardigan sweater sitting in front of a
fireplace with logs burning cheerfully in the background still haunt my
nightmares to this day.
You know, Obama was not the first
President to be referred to as the Messiah. Carter owns that irreverent
title. At some point during that trying time some one tacked a photo
of Jesus Christ with Jimmy Carter's face superimposed on the head of
Christ on one of our studio's bulletin boards. It came down when Reagan
It was, indeed, a miserable time.
The country was wallowing in syrupy malaise. And then there was the misery Index. (You find the misery index by adding the unemployment figure to the inflation figure.) It was pure-"T" awful under the Carter Administration.
Jimmy Carter delivered the famous or infamous televised "Malaise" speech on July 15, 1979. That was 34 years ago.
Recently Laura Ingram said the following: "Friday
marked the 32-year-anniversary of Jimmy Carter’s “crisis of confidence”
later pegged “malaise speech,” a nationally televised and ill-received
address trying to combat what Carter saw as apathy and doubt among
Americans concerning politics and the energy crisis. In the days
following the speech Carter fired cabinet members feeling that his
administration failed to capitalize on a window of opportunity, which
some believe was the beginning of the end for Carter and his ability to
appear as a strong and significant leader.
Thirty-two years later
another first term Democratic president faces a crisis of continued
economic decline and failure to bridge heated political differences from
Capital Hill to Main Street. Ingraham’s audio suggests that like
Carter, Obama is failing to step up as a strong and believable leader in
the eyes of Americans looking to him in a time of crisis." SOURCE: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2011/07/16/laura-ingraham-airs-scary-obama-remix-of-jimmy-carters-malaise-speech/
My friend Alan Caruba said recently: "The
current economic malaise has affected everyone in some fashion—losing a
job, having a job converted to a part-time status, having work hours
limited, possibly facing foreclosure on their home, experiencing
extremely low interest rates on their savings, the higher cost of gas
and groceries, all without seriously affecting Obama’s job approval
ratings or popularity." Source: http://www.factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-economy-it-must-be-gops-fault-right.html
If you recall, Carter's Malaise speech, otherwise known as the "Crisis of Confidence" speech you will instantly note that it sounds exactly like speeches given by President Obama today.
For instance Carter said: "I
ask Congress to give me authority for mandatory conservation and for
standby gasoline rationing. To further conserve energy, I'm proposing
tonight an extra $10 billion over the next decade to strengthen our
public transportation systems. And I'm asking you for your good and for
your nation's security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or
public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day
per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save
fuel. Every act of energy conservation like this is more than just
common sense -- I tell you it is an act of patriotism." SOURCE: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/carter-crisis/
course we knew it was more an act of desperation on Carter's part than
it was patriotism on the part of the American civilian population. We weren't as dumb then as we are today. For evidence, note that WE DID NOT REELECT CARTER TO A SECOND TERM!
A year ago I wrote the following: "Malaise in an individual is bad. Malaise in a nation can be fatal.
America is currently mired in the worst case of malaise in my lifetime.
been around since FDR was President. I have experienced American
national malaise twice in my lifetime. Both times it was during the
administrations of Democratic Party Presidents.
The first case of
American malaise (in my lifetime) was under the administration of the
39th President of the United States—Jimmy Carter. It was BAD.
was trying to run a business—and it was pure hell. All business could
do was hunker down and wait for a flicker of light at the end of that
very long and very dark tunnel.
When it came, it was not a flicker—it was a sunburst by the name of Ronald Reagan.
came roaring out of her national depression and raced back to the to
the top—turning on all the lights as they went —illuminating “the
shining city on a hill.”
Now, under the Obama administration
(another Democratic Party President) here we are—in an even deeper
national depression—or malaise—than we were even under Jimmy Carter.
This time—there is no Ronald Reagan waiting in the wings. In my opinion
THAT is why THIS malaise is even deeper than Carter’s." SOURCE: "America’s Malaise Is BACK!" at: http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/48449
I wrote those few words BEFORE
the 2012 election. As I said in that piece, there was a sense of
impending doom which spanned the entire right side of the political
spectrum in America.
A year ago, when I wrote those words,
America's future doom, under an Obama second term, was as clear as the
writing on the wall at Belshazzar's Feast. (You'll find the story in the
fifth chapter of Daniel in the Old Testament of the Bible. We
recommend you read it. It certainly won't hurt -- and you just might
learn something about what lies in America's immediate future.)
The moving fingers wrote: מנא, מנא, תקל, ופרס
or: "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin."
So what DID those words, written by the hand of God, announce to THAT corrupt King of Babylon: "And
this is the writing that was inscribed: mina, mina, shekel, half-mina.
This is the interpretation of the matter: mina, God has numbered the
days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; shekel, you have been
weighed on the scales and found wanting; half-mina, your kingdom is
divided and given to the Medes and Persians." — Daniel 5:25–28
Suppose, just for a moment,
that that feast was a state dinner at the White House and the reigning
king was Obama. To whom would the hapless kingdom of America be about
to fall? Who ARE the modern Medes and Persians?
Well, Easton's Illustrated Dictionary lists the Medes as part of the Assyrian Empire, which covers the area of today's IRAQ, SYRIA, and LEBANON.
The Persians are still Persians, of course, but Persia is known today as -- IRAN.
Of course, we are thousands of years removed from that feast, but, isn't it strange how ancient scripture and modern history seem to interlace, seem to be spun and twisted together? Interesting, what?
Is America modern Babylon? Judge for yourself at: http://www.beaconoftruth.com/babylon.htm
I'm no prophet, or "seer." I just pay attention with, possibly, a higher than usual degree of situational awareness. That's all.
state of national malaise bespeaks a people who are uneasy about
something very bad they sense is in the offing for their beloved
country. They can't get past the feeling that our shared malaise is a signal and/or a symptom of a very unpleasant future.
the reality is, we can all be sure it isn't the the future scenario,
the President and his cronies are painting, of a prospering America
returned to her days of glory as a result of his socialist "share the
wealth" agenda. Reality by definition is real -- and it does not match his words.
© J. D. Longstreet