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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Frank Bruni, "The Virus of Cynicism": Or the Cancer of Hopelessness?

Should Americans be more afraid of the Ebola virus or the incompetence of the Obama administration?

In his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "The Virus of Cynicism," Frank Bruni observes:

"Ebola is his presidency in a petri dish. It’s an example already of his tendency to talk too loosely at the outset of things, so that his words come back to haunt him. There was the doctor you could keep under his health plan until, well, you couldn’t. There was the red line for Syria that he didn’t have to draw and later erased."

But is current unhappiness in the US only about cynicism, incompetence and a lack of confidence?

I remember how, when I was 15 and wandering the streets of Chinatown in San Francisco, I watched on a storefront television as Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Where has America traveled since then?

US national debt is fast approaching $18 trillion, but where are the achievements that can be attributed to this spending? In fact, hope and pride have flown the coop, and have been replaced by greed and narcissism.

Shh! Don't tell the Chinese! Who knows what will happen if they demand back their $1.3 trillion from the American government . . .

1 comment:

  1. hope and pride (and patriotism) have been replaced by greed, and lies, which betray our trust in everyone.

    (I admit to being in shock at the CDC, which I thought was immune from incompetence)

    My date for this collapse of American values (the Golden Rule) is 1978 when Sandy Weill, and his gang of new Harvard MBAs decided manufacturing was no longer profitable ENOUGH, thus transforming the American Can Company into a pile of leveraged buyouts with Primerica emerging so they could take over Citibank, and then there are all the lawyers who no longer know how to deliver mail, let alone win WW2...

    As for China? maybe they will settle for California? please?