Skip to comments.Barack Obama’s Era of Hopelessness
Posted on 10/19/2013 7:11:36 AM PDT by Lakeshark
Of all the bitter fruit of the Barack Obama disaster, the most bitter may be the sense of hopelessness that has descended on Americans, especially the young. Has there ever been anything like it in our history? Even on the eve of the Civil War, was there this much pessimism about our future? Gallup wasnt around in those days, but I wonder.
For a simple measure of how the Obama administration has crushed any sense of hopefulness in the American people, take a look at the survey that Rasmussen Reports does periodically on whether Americas best days are behind her, or still in the future. Its a great question that tells a lot about how Americans are feeling.
Rasmussen last asked the question before Barack Obama took office in August 2008, while the presidential campaign that resulted in Obamas election was in progress. The result:
45% of voters think Americas best days lie ahead, while 37% think they have come and gone.
That was after nearly eight years of the supposedly disastrous Bush administrationwhich, by the way, looks more like a golden age every day, compared with what has followed.
Fast forward to today, after nearly five years of the Obama administration. How are Americans feeling about the future?
31% of Likely U.S. Voters think Americas best days are still to come Just over half (52%) think the nations best days are in the past.
So the Age of Obama has brought the percentage who think Americas best days are still ahead down from 45% to 31%, while the number who think our best days are gone has risen from 37% to 52%. Great work, Barry. This is your true legacy: hopelessness.
(Excerpt) Read more at powerlineblog.com ...
Change it back!
America’s best days ran from 1945-1973. We were exporting our socialism in the form of goods and services to the rest of the world. But the rest of the world recovered from war or caught up technologically and began competing back. With the flow of cash coming in reduced and increasing regulations businesses could no longer afford America’s socialism and either failed or moved away. Now we still have the socialism, the EPA, government funded racial grievance lawsuits and nobody to pay for it all. We’ve run out of other people’s money.
I can do a “restore” on my computer. I wish I could turn back time and restore the last several years.
Low information voters, apparently.
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None of that will work, we need to simply buy a new computer, and beat the old hard drive into an unrecognizable mass.
That was back in 2008. Now it is 31%.
Unfortunately, he still has three years to continue his “work.”
I HOPE there’s still a chance to CHANGE, to get back to where we need to be.
If only people would stop voting for Democrats.
The hopelessness began when this wonderful, delightful, COMMUNIST was elected to power.
The hopefulness cannot ever be NOT planted, because it took how many years, to get past, and eliminate from the country’s bowels, every lollipop-licking Communist, at EVERY level of bureaucracy, from President, to dog catcher, in Russia?
Yep, he has three more years.
And after that, we may be subjected to at least four more years of Shrillary. Hillary is also an acolyte of Saul Alinksy. We might have 2 Alinksyite presidents in a row.
I know it seems hopeless at times, but it’s not. There are millions upon millions of Americans who are fed up with Washington D.C. Granted. The forces arrayed against us are formidable, but we stand for the truth—not some pie in the sky paradise on Earth that’s simply impossible and has failed everywhere it’s been tried.
We have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and continue the fight. America is worth it. Americans, those of us who still believe in self reliance, liberty, and morality, are worth it, too, and there are millions of us!
I think it was 1941-2003. From 1992-2003 it was precarious as to which way we would go. We would sometimes shine, and then sometimes fail badly. Even when the nation had rough spots during that entire 60 years, there was always enough of the good America left where it easily swamped the rot.
Now? It feels like rot everywhere, and I do mean everywhere.
9-11 and the weeks after was the last of that good America that we were capable of.
I do think the article does expose the spirit that BHO has spread upon the land, it's the hideous gray fog of socialism, the one that says give up, it's hopeless.
It's a spirit we have to fight, both personally and as a group. I think that's the message to take away here.
ENDED: January 22, 1973. Decided: Roe v. Wade
Sorry, the probability of that happening is somewhere between little and none.
Five decades or more of "educating" our kids in a socialist run public school system followed by several years of collectivist indoctrination in colleges and universities has proved to be a success for collectivism, where as teaching outright Marxist communism would have failed to catch on with a large enough percentage of the American youth to bring it into being. IMHO, unless the utter failure of collectivism in every corner of the world where it's been tried doesn't convince America's future generations that they have been duped by the people whose idealistic social and economic doctrines they have been taught during their youth I don't foresee anything hopeful for America's future as a free and prosperous nation as it was before socialist teachers and professors began successfully indoctrinating America's youth with collectivist propaganda and atheism.
Yes. You’re right. I see plenty of good, moral people around me. Americans aren’t all statist drones. Consider the Steven Lonegan senate race. Booker received slightly more than 700,000 votes, but Lonegan received nearly 600,000 votes. This was in New Jersey which is supposedly and ultra-blue stronghold. Even in this bluest of blue states, about 45% of the voters voted AGAINST big government (Lonegan didn’t hide the fact that he was a staunch conservative, i.e. opponent of Obamacare, etc.)
So it’s really that close. The left may hold a lot of cards, but we’re not out by a long shot. Even if the Democrats manage to fundamentally transform America, conservatives will do fine. We’re may be self reliant during normal times, but we’re also the type of people who come together during crises. Conservatives help each other. Liberals run to government for their solutions.
What the Democrats don’t know is we win this either way. They can’t produce what they promise, and if they succeed in bankrupting the country, conservatives will pick up the pieces like we’ve always done. Those who are dependent on EBT cards or are highly paid bureaucrats living in the fantasy land that’s D.C.? Eh, they’re not likely to thrive in their brave new (dysfunctional) world. Shoot. The EBT holders aren’t exactly thriving right now.
One would think at least blacks would be happy, or at least happier, but they're more bitter and angrier than ever.
On the East Coast, from Wilmington in the south to Bangor in the North and about 100 miles inland. We'll call it "East Libtardistan."
On the West Coast, from the southern border of LA county to the northern border of Marin County, and from inland to about the crest of coastal mountains, or about 40 miles. We'll call it "West Libtardistan."
We'll move all registered Democrats remaining in the United States to one of the 'Stans. The litmus test for whether one is an American or not will turn on whether they voted for BHO in 2012. This phase of the plan will be called "Operation Boxcar."
The United States will be a far healthier organism, being purged of its parasites. Plus, we'll get to sit back and gloat as the Democratic Coalition actually gets to share the same polity. It will be fun watching aging Marin County self-righteous hippies pulled from the Chevy Volts and robbed by their coalition partners from Detroit.
Break out the popcorn.
What about Chicago?
Wasn’t it the “youth vote” that helped bring this communist to power?
Hey kids! Elections have consequences!
They’re moving to East Libtardistan. I suggest the former Rhode Island. It’s almost pure libtard there. Democrats so richly deserve each other.
I was thinking maybe you’d say; Move them all into Lake Michigan.
Ha! Not a bad idea. Certainly, Lake Michigan is much closer and the logistics no doubt far simpler. But, that might be going too far. No, I say load them on buses, Rhode Island bound.
Well, we could add a few more buses to the convoy and pick up the remaining stragglers in Detroit.
The Clown will be discredited by history. A feckless ideologue who wasted 8 years of time. Worst occupier of the WH evah.
He accomplished what he set out to do. He is a bitter angry man who hates America, but enjoys his personal wealth gotten from our beautiful country.
And that's another reason that amnesty for illegal aliens is so important. They need to boost the number of people who are directly reliant on government.
The feeling of hopelessness is the means to an end. The end of America as we've known it. To force a "fundamental transformation."
In the aggregate, Obama determines how much and where money is spent, what the law is, and how his law is enforced. Add a compliant federal court system to uphold his outrages, and I'd say his hold on executive, legislative and judicial authority is just about complete.
You counsel to “dust ourselves off, and continue the fight.” If you mean we should continue to pretend voting in national elections can restore republican freedom, I don't see how that can happen. Obama stole the 2012 election, and the machinery is in place to ensure the rats never lose another.
BINGO,God help us all
BINGO,God help us all
I agree. At this point secession is the only answer. Most conservatives are in denial about that. But if we leave aside the emotions, it’s clear that we have no other option as our republic has been transformed into a “democracy” and we’re now a minority in our own country. Libtards are concentrated on the coasts. We need to expel the coasts and move the remaining Libtards there. That’s it. The sooner we can accept that this geographical solution is the only realistic option that we have, the sooner we can move forward with the winning our freedom back.
Don’t think it’s going back. Too many have bought into the “Me-me-me” meme (just made that one up). Too many look to the government to solve problems (Road to Serfdom and all that).
“Even on the eve of the Civil War, was there this much pessimism about our future?”
I wasn’t around then either but I think the answer is certainly NO. There was not nearly so much pessimism about the future simply because the average person had grown up dealing with real hardship. Now we have millions who have grown up depending on the government and without parents who teach them how to cope with hard times. There was also a HIGHER level of CLASSICAL education in those days.