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.”