A few days before this nation’s 232nd birthday, to focus on the positive: Their book drive for schoolchildren and an Independence Day project to place American flags along the streets of one neighborh
They use words such as “terrified,” “disgusted” and “scary” to describe what one calls “this mess” we Americans find ourselves in. Then comes the list of problems constituting the mess: a protracted war, $4-a-gallon gas, soaring food prices, uncertainty about jobs, an erratic stock market, a tougher housing market, and so on and so forth.
One member’s son is serving his second tour in Iraq. Another speaks of a daughter who’s lost her job in the mortgage industry and a son in construction whose salary was slashed. Still another mentions a friend who can barely afford gas.
Joanne Kontak, 60, an elementary school lunch aide inducted just this day as an Optimist, sums things up like this: “There’s just entirely too much wrong right now.”
Happy birthday, America? This year, we’re not so sure.
The nation’s psyche is battered and bruised, the sense of pessimism palpable. Young or old, Republican or Democrat, economically stable or struggling, Americans are questioning where they are and where they are going. And they wonder who or what might ride to their rescue.
These are more than mere gripes, but rather an expression of fears — concerns reflected not only in the many recent polls that show consumer confidence plummeting, personal happiness waning and more folks worrying that the country is headed in the wrong direction, but also in conversations happening all across the land.
“There are so many things you have to do to survive now,” says Larue Lawson of Forest Park, Ill. “It used to be just clothes on your back, food on the table and a roof over your head. Now, it’s everything.
“I wish it was just simpler.”
There was some good news yesterday
Our Dear Leader had a closed barbecue yesterday for the 4th and a few people decided to speak up.
All Bush events are closed and vetted – so stuff like this doesn’t happen. Even the secret service is probably sick of him.
Many thanks to enigma4ever for this video. I hope it is real.
The planet is a tiny bit better off. May the roaches and worms shit on your corpse. Good riddance. Those fireworks yesterday, they were celebrating your demise.
some Helms’ gems – gems from the man the right wing is now calling a modern day Thomas Jefferson (who also died on the 4th of July)
In 1931, when the historian James Truslow Adams coined the phrase “The American Dream,” he wrote of “a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone.
and little opinion, Alejandra Esquinca