An enormous generational difference

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  1. pjohns

    pjohns Well-Known Member

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    Not so long ago, we were a very confident people; we believed that the present was excellent, and the future looked to be even better!

    Nowadays, however, most Americans--at least, among the MSM--appear to believe that the present is bleak, and the future looks even worse!

    I am wondering what explains this.

    Could it be the recent appearance of the covid-19 virus?

    Or the 2016 election, to the presidency, of Donald Trump?

    Or--related to this--fears that the coastal elite are no longer in charge?

    Or fears of impending doom (due to either nuclear war; or climate change; or...well, you fill in the blank)?

    Thoughts?
     
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    Only the government can save you! Emergency!

    It's what the government, and the liberals want you to believe, and they won't be letting the perfect combination of events go to make sure the tell you as often as possible.
     
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    When I was a kid growing up in New York, the United States was actually united... we were a team. When Kennedy won the election for President, we all fell in behind him, supporting him, even the opposition. There were things we believed were inherently good... like the Constitution, the Flag and our parents. We watched "good guys" like Superman, Marshall Dillon, Doctor Kildare and Bat Masterson. Now kids grow up learning that there is no such thing as goodness. Nothing should be trusted. Ever. And now? That America is inherently evil, founded on racism.

    I'm glad I'm retired and recently moved to a wonderful small town in Texas that resembles Beaver Cleaver's neighborhood. Folks here still say "Yes, Sir" and "No, Ma'am" and proudly fly the flag every day. When we moved here the young man across the street knocked on our door, in his high school ROTC uniform, and asked if we needed any help.

    No one riots here. Our stores aren't looted and no one is burning down the center of town. Crime is all but unheard of here and we love our cops.
     
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    I live in a Texas country town that I feel relatively safe in - we have a real good County Sheriff - actual Texas Ranger retired, and the local police do not play games, which is fine with me. If anyone rioted or looted down town - a thousand armed Texans would show up. Overall, some pretty fine folks once you get to know them.
     
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    kazenatsu Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    I think there are multiple factors.
    Economics - especially generational differences. A perception created by the media for four years, trying to do everything possible to make people think everything was terrible under Trump. Then of course the fear over the pandemic and the shutdown that was imposed on the society and economy. Some of this fear was real and warranted, some of it was part of the perception intentionally being created by the media. And then after all this, the abandonment and fall of Afghanistan.

    Any one of these single factors we could have a whole thread about discussing.
     

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