Hope after “Hope and Change”

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Hope after "Hope and Change"

White Pine seedlingBy John Ruberry

Dur­ing a run through Mor­ton Grove, Illi­nois’ Linne Woods on Fri­day, I came across a white pine seedling. White pines are rare in north­east­ern Illi­nois, so per­haps this young tree is a good omen, along the lines of the blos­som­ing of the White Tree of Gon­dor in Minas Tirith in the extended ver­sion of The Return of the King when the fall of Middle-Earth’s great­est city appeared imminent.

Clearly our nation is in des­per­ate straits. We are suf­fer­ing under the longest stretch of high unem­ploy­ment since the Great Depres­sion. Yet Amer­ica sur­vived the Depres­sion and then defeated total­i­tar­i­an­ism – and the post-​war Amer­i­can expan­sion lasted into the early 1970s.

I remem­ber the malaise of the Jimmy Carter pres­i­dency. High unem­ploy­ment and high infla­tion–stagfla­tion–were just a cou­ple of the symp­toms. We also weath­ered the decline of Amer­i­can influ­ence and power in the world – the Iran­ian hostage cri­sis was just one instance – as well as a sense of help­less­ness that the prob­lems our nation faced were insurmountable.

Would the Amer­i­can Cen­tury end prematurely?

Amer­i­can power is in decline again, and it very well could be that it is the way that Barack Obama – the most lib­eral pres­i­dent ever – wants it. Left­ists have decried the AmeriKKKan Empire for decades. Yet it was that “empire” that won the Cold War and brought about the longest peace­time expan­sion of the Amer­i­can econ­omy ever – a boom that rever­ber­ated through­out the world – and it was accom­plished in lit­tle more than a decade after Carter returned to Georgia.

The United States will emerge from Barack Obama’s induced malaise. The Amer­i­can Spirit it too strong for one man – even a pres­i­dent – to smother. And the United States is still the coun­try of choice for those peo­ple seek­ing free­dom and the oppor­tu­nity to uti­lize their tal­ents and cre­ate wealth. They don’t want to come here for Oba­maCare or food stamps.

Yes, there is Hope after “hope and change.”

White Pine seedlingBy John Ruberry

During a run through Morton Grove, Illinois’ Linne Woods on Friday, I came across a white pine seedling. White pines are rare in northeastern Illinois, so perhaps this young tree is a good omen, along the lines of the blossoming of the White Tree of Gondor in Minas Tirith in the extended version of The Return of the King when the fall of Middle-Earth’s greatest city appeared imminent.

Clearly our nation is in desperate straits. We are suffering under the longest stretch of high unemployment since the Great Depression. Yet America survived the Depression and then defeated totalitarianism–and the post-war American expansion lasted into the early 1970s.

I remember the malaise of the Jimmy Carter presidency. High unemployment and high inflation–stagflation–were just a couple of the symptoms. We also weathered the decline of American influence and power in the world–the Iranian hostage crisis was just one instance–as well as a sense of helplessness that the problems our nation faced were insurmountable.

Would the American Century end prematurely?

American power is in decline again, and it very well could be that it is the way that Barack Obama–the most liberal president ever–wants it. Leftists have decried the AmeriKKKan Empire for decades. Yet it was that “empire” that won the Cold War and brought about the longest peacetime expansion of the American economy ever–a boom that reverberated throughout the world–and it was accomplished in little more than a decade after Carter returned to Georgia.

The United States will emerge from Barack Obama’s induced malaise. The American Spirit it too strong for one man–even a president–to smother. And the United States is still the country of choice for those people seeking freedom and the opportunity to utilize their talents and create wealth.  They don’t want to come here for ObamaCare or food stamps.

Yes, there is Hope after “hope and change.”