18 March 2010

America's decline

My friends and I have been talking about this for years now. From the blunders on the right to the apologists on the left, our image is tarnished around the world.
From a Newsweek article: Call it America's Age of Angst. The buzz of negativity seems to be everywhere. DECLINE AND FALL: WHEN THE AMERICAN EMPIRE GOES, IT IS LIKELY TO GO QUICKLY reads the cover headline for British historian Niall Ferguson's article in the current issue of Foreign Affairs. Faced with an unemployment rate near 10 percent, a ballooning deficit, and a grueling partisan battle over health-care reform, both President Barack Obama and his Republican critics in Congress are complaining loudly about the government's inability to get things done. In the meantime, there's a growing sense that others—here, China
is always first on the list
—are steadily chipping away at America's leadership position in the world.

When you're on top, everyone wants to knock you down. It's the natural order whether you're Kansas basketball, Peyton Manning or the U.S.A. It would be nice if our leaders showed more concern about our standing as a country instead of just their own.

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