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    poliwrangler, footNmouth

    I'm twenty years older. My entire life, both the part in which I was politically aware and the brief period before that, has seen increasing disillusionment. Ronald Reagan didn't start this, although he greatly contributed to the phenomenon. He benefited from the backlash against it. People wanted to believe in the righteousness and strength of America. After the grinding horror of the Vietnam War, riots in major cities, the Watergate scandal, and years of recession, a lot of people wanted the country they thought they remembered before all those things. President Reagan was a master at smilingly ignoring away unpleasant truths, even when his nose was rubbed in them.

    A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not.
    Bush elder was considerably more competent, but only looks better than the Republican Presidents before and after in comparison. A creepy, out-of-touch former spymaster.

    Clinton disappointed by triangulation. Among other things.

    Bush younger...well, you don't need to be told.

    Obama has also triangulated far more than he should. In partial defense, he has also faced a political opposition that is probably more vociferous and treasonous than anything seen since the Civil War (I don't believe this is exaggeration).

    So, yes, you do have more than sufficient reason to feel cynical.

    But should you? No. What we are going through is not normal. We do not live in normal times. This will, eventually, pass. Or at least it will if we avoid cynicism, because that is the emotion that demotivates and tells us that nothing we do matters, that nothing can change. And if history tells us anything, it is that change, while not inevitable at any given moment, is inevitable in the long run. And it can be change for the good.

    Don't give up.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 12:01:44 PM PDT

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