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Krauthammer: 'People Are Talking about American Decline Don't Believe a Word of It'
Daily Caller ^ | 12/24/10 | eff Poor

Posted on 12/24/2010 2:58:30 PM PST by Nachum

Over the last few years, with an economy in decline and the rise of certain developing nations, there have been murmurs of the end of American exceptionalism throughout the media.

Don’t believe a word of it, says syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer.

On the Christmas Eve edition of Fox News Channel’s “Happening Now,” Krauthammer was asked to reflect on the last two years. He explained there was similar rhetoric about the nation’s decline at the end of the 1970s.

“Well, I think this is mostly a reflection of the recession,” Krauthammer said. “The mood of the country going back 20, 30, 40 years, almost always reflects the state of the economy. The late ‘70s was a period of malaise. People were saying oh, the American era is over. The big dictatorships in the world are going to dominate us. That was a reflection of the terrible economic conditions, the stagnation and the inflation late ‘70s.”

With the 1980s, however, the economy came back and the calls of the end of the so-called Pax Americana went by the wayside. He predicted the same would happen this time around.

“When the economy recovered in the ‘80s there was a morning in America,” he continued. “So I would not over-read the move. People are talking about American decline — don’t believe a word of it.

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Who got to Charles K.?
1 posted on 12/24/2010 2:58:36 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Chas. K.

You're over.. played out. Now disappear.

2 posted on 12/24/2010 3:04:28 PM PST by I see my hands (How's that ballot box working out for you?)
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To: Nachum

It didn’t just happen, it took getting rid of Carter and a new vision.


3 posted on 12/24/2010 3:04:53 PM PST by WHBates
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To: Nachum

Maybe he’s angling to become the NYTimes’ resident “conservative.”


4 posted on 12/24/2010 3:05:00 PM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: Nachum

Kraut has soured. What a fool. Then again, nothing really surprising these past few days, he has always been a liberino.


5 posted on 12/24/2010 3:09:37 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Defund, repeal, investigate, impeach, convict, jail, celebrate.)
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To: Nachum

What are we #1 in making any more?

Weapons, I assume.
Aircraft, if Boeing can ever deliver the dream-liner.
Farm equipment (Caterpillar and Deere).
Farm commodities.
Higher education, I suppose. The lead we had is too great to completely lose overnight.
Finance? not any more.
Software? moving offshore.
Fiat money, unfortunately.

We’re not economically dead, but we are in serious trouble.


6 posted on 12/24/2010 3:11:35 PM PST by devere
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To: Nachum

The late ‘70s was a period of malaise. People were saying oh, the American era is over. The big dictatorships in the world are going to dominate us. That was a reflection of the terrible economic conditions, the stagnation and the inflation late ‘70s


Who knew that Jimmy Carter writes under another name?


7 posted on 12/24/2010 3:15:05 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: Nachum

Anyone know how to get Krauthammer a message from a citizen of the UNITED STATES of America? Does he take input from the average citizen or is he in a world closed to us average citizens?


8 posted on 12/24/2010 3:19:47 PM PST by TrumpisRight (Proud Moose head....)
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To: Nachum

American decline?

Well, this week we can now add military decline to economic decline, cultural decline and moral decline.


9 posted on 12/24/2010 3:24:15 PM PST by greene66
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To: Nachum
Whoa, Charles needs to take some serious time off, like until after the ‘12 elections. He is letting the ‘old mondale’ in his veins show forth too much.
10 posted on 12/24/2010 3:24:35 PM PST by JPG (There is hope for America and her name is Sarah.)
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To: Nachum

Hey SOUR kraut... please pick up the red phone... obama needs his ass kissed today.

LLS


11 posted on 12/24/2010 3:31:25 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a dim to enter the kingdom of GOD!)
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To: Nachum
I'm of two minds. Given the shinola that's been applied to the U.S. economy over the decades, it's easy to buy in to the declinist story - to the point where an anti-declinist seems a fool.

On the other hand: ordinary Americans, very much including new and/or young entrepreneurs, have been very good at pulling the fat out of the national fire. This mitigative countering makes anti-declinism the way to bet, once different hands take the D.C. tiller.

One of the reasons why Atlas Shrugged is so popular is because it captures the essence of this struggle. If there were a real-life John Galt, he or she could push the U.S. over the edge in times like these.

12 posted on 12/24/2010 3:32:09 PM PST by danielmryan
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To: Nachum

Charles has descended into dementia.

I don’t wish to hear anymore from him.


13 posted on 12/24/2010 3:33:11 PM PST by dforest
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To: devere

“What are we #1 in making any more?”

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Litigation.

Government.

Government litigation.


14 posted on 12/24/2010 3:42:47 PM PST by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: Nachum
Chuck, there is one huge difference between then and now. Monetizing the debt.


15 posted on 12/24/2010 3:51:55 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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“...the repeal represents the taming of the most conservative of the nation’s institutions, the military, by a movement historically among the most avant-garde.”

Why is Kraut talking so breathlessly about such a thing? Did someone forget to hand him his conservative script this week? He sounds like Tingles Matthews for the love of Pete (pun intended). Charles better get back to running his old schtick pretty soon or he’ll be thrown onto the heap with other “conservatives” like Kathleen Parker.


16 posted on 12/24/2010 3:55:29 PM PST by Hayride
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To: Nachum
Krathammer has never been a conservative. The fact that many conservatives - including FReepers - is a mystery to me.
17 posted on 12/24/2010 3:56:55 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: Calif4Palin

He has an e-mail link at Townhall.com.


18 posted on 12/24/2010 3:58:31 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: Nachum
Sad. The Kraut has passed his prime and is now reverting to his idiot-'rat roots. The malaise of the seventies and the revival of the 1980's didn't just happen you moron. Electing Jimmuh Cahteh and Ronald Reagan respectively had a great deal to do with both.

And btw, you obviously have not a clue as to the meaning of "American exceptionalism." Like most ignorant liberals, you fail to grasp what it is that does in fact make America exceptional in all the world, even at this late date.

What a disappointment.

19 posted on 12/24/2010 4:14:16 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Calif4Palin
You could try but I suspect he is firmly ensconced in the airtight WaPo bell jar.
20 posted on 12/24/2010 4:16:01 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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