Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Despair Sets In With
America On A Fatal Arc

by Thomas Sowell - February 23rd, 2009 - Investor's Business Daily

An increasing number of recent letters and e-mails from readers strike a note, not only of unhappiness with the way things are going in our society, but a note of despair.

Those of us who are pessimists are only a step away from despair ourselves, so we may not be the ones to offer the best antidote to the view that America has seen its best days and is degenerating toward what may well be its worst. Yet what hope remains is no less precious nor any less worthy of being preserved.

First of all, the day-to-day life of most Americans in these times is nowhere near as dire as that of the band of cold, ragged and hungry men who gathered around George Washington in the winter at Valley Forge, to which they had been driven by defeat after defeat.

Only the most reckless gambler would have bet on them to win. Only an optimist would have expected them to survive.

Pretty positive article by someone who sees themself as a pessimist. With my recent depression, maybe I should listen to the man I still think is the smartest man in America.


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