Alan Fram and Eileen Putnam today published an article through the Associated Press that has perhaps the most dire headline I have ever read from a mainstream newspaper. Sure, conspiracy theorists often spin these kinds of stories, but the Associated Press?

Gas prices, the housing market, Iran building nukes, the war in Iraq, a heat wave, the drowning of the Midwest, marriage issues, prisoners of war actually getting to see what the Constitution actually can do for them, strange presidential election cycle . . . well, what do you think?

Is everything spinning out of control?

Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism.

Horatio Alger, twist in your grave.

The can-do, bootstrap approach embedded in the American psyche is under assault. Eroding it is a dour powerlessness that is chipping away at the country's sturdy conviction that destiny can be commanded with sheer courage and perseverance.

The sense of helplessness is even reflected in this year's presidential election. Each contender offers a sense of order – and hope. Republican John McCain promises an experienced hand in a frightening time. Democrat Barack Obama promises bright and shiny change, and his large crowds believe his exhortation, "Yes, we can."

Even so, a battered public seems discouraged by the onslaught of dispiriting things. An Associated Press-Ipsos poll says a barrel-scraping 17 percent of people surveyed believe the country is moving in the right direction. That is the lowest reading since the survey began in 2003.

An ABC News-Washington Post survey put that figure at 14 percent, tying the low in more than three decades of taking soundings on the national mood.

Read the rest at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080621/ap_on_re_us/out_of_control

 
 

4 Comments

  1. Susan McKay says:

    The people of this world are stronger than the pessimism of these two people. Whether there are floods, tsunamis, droughts, famines, tornadoes, hurricanes, wars, diseases…the people of this world will NOT stand idly by and see it ruined. We are not perfect and we have to live in this world with its natural elements and the changes that come with nature's progession and we have to adjust or become extinct. We (the people of this world) have intelligence, compassion and desire to have a better life everywhere for all peoples and creatures and I would thank you to remember this! Susan McKay

  2. Susan McKay says:

    The people of this world are stronger than the pessimism of these two people. Whether there are floods, tsunamis, droughts, famines, tornadoes, hurricanes, wars, diseases…the people of this world will NOT stand idly by and see it ruined. We are not perfect and we have to live in this world with its natural elements and the changes that come with nature's progession and we have to adjust or become extinct. We (the people of this world) have intelligence, compassion and desire to have a better life everywhere for all peoples and creatures and I would thank you to remember this! Susan McKay

  3. Patty Prior says:

    The worst thing that is spinning out of control is the media.
    There are good things going on in the world, but they're not being published or televised or talked about because they don't sell papers or air time.
    For every thing bad that is happening, there are two things that people are doing to help each other out of it.
    We will persevere !!

  4. Patty Prior says:

    The worst thing that is spinning out of control is the media.
    There are good things going on in the world, but they're not being published or televised or talked about because they don't sell papers or air time.
    For every thing bad that is happening, there are two things that people are doing to help each other out of it.
    We will persevere !!

 
 
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