Or something like that.
The standard bearer of the mainstream media, the Associated Press, published an article today detailing the deterioration of the world as we know it into a mish mash ball of goo.
“Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism.
Horatio Alger, twist in your grave.
The can-do, bootstrap approach embedded in the American psyche is under assault. Eroding it is a dour powerlessness that is chipping away at the country’s sturdy conviction that destiny can be commanded with sheer courage and perseverance.”
First off, how is this even news? Second, how does an organization let something like this get published? The answer?
Or so they’d like to tell us.
Wait a second? They give us some context? Do tell!
“American University historian Allan J. Lichtman notes that the U.S. has endured comparable periods and worse, including the economic stagflation (stagnant growth combined with inflation) and Iran hostage crisis of 1980; the dawn of the Cold War, the Korean War and the hysterical hunts for domestic Communists in the late 1940s and early 1950s; and the Depression of the 1930s.
“All those periods were followed by much more optimistic periods in which the American people had their confidence restored,” he said. “Of course, that doesn’t mean it will happen again.”
Each period also was followed by a change in the party controlling the White House.”
Oh, ok. Well that makes more sense. I feel a lot better now that we’re getting the whole story behi…….wait a second. Um. What was that last part?
“Each period also was followed by a change in the party controlling the White House.”
Ya know, AP, you can at least try to be subtle.
Meanwhile, I think there likely are some members of The Greatest Generation that want to kick the living crap out of these writers.