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Americans downbeat about America’s future | Questions and Observations

Ok, they’re downbeat according to Gallup:

So what?  I mean, this is what I don’t get.  The American public just re-elected possibly the worst and most incompetent president in my lifetime (what the hell do you have to do to get fired?), they refuse to make their leaders face up to the realities of the fiscal situation, they give away freedoms like some universities give away condoms and suddenly they’re “downbeat” about America’s future?


Well, here’s the problem: We don’t know why they’re downbeat about the future. But I can hazard a guess: the real problem is they aren’t downbeat for the same reasons.

I’m downbeat about the (near) future: I see fiscal and economic collapse, and probably war, coming at us due to the growth of Leviathan and the death of individual liberty. I subscribe to the notion that what can’t go on, won’t, and that the end of our current road will be the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter.

People like me make up maybe a third of the population.

Then there are those who think the nation is heading into a state of permanent fascist tyranny in which all the individual liberties they care about will result in vast Nazi concentration camps, while America itself becomes an endless wasteland of slave labor camps filled with the 99% doing nothing but generating unimaginable wealth for the one percent. They are downbeat about the future as well, and they make up another third or so.

Then there is the final third – so-called low information voters, otherwise known as imbeciles and ignoramuses – who don’t know diddly about anything, but, like a vast herd of ruminants – cattle, sheep, goat – feel a vague unease stirring in the air, and are thereby discomfited about the future. They smell the wolf, and it makes them nervous.

Add them all together, and you come up with meaningless surveys like this one. Hey, everybody’d downbeat! Amazing! Unexpected.

Government has to do something right away! (And funny how that works, eh?)

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


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