The markets crashed, unemployment is stagnant, we’re losing our primacy to China, and tomorrow is fickle, just like the destructive surprise of Hurricane Sandy.
America appears to be in the dump. People are living in a constant state of uncertainty and worry.
But we must get used to the turmoil and simply grind it out, even though the future tells us we’ll inevitably move back to second or third best.
The same implosion happened to other hegemons of world order, the Byzantines, the Romans, and the British. What goes up must come down, no matter how hard we proclaim that our run of dominance is different. China’s global lead will be unique too.
America will remain the freest country in the world by social, economic, and political standards. The American Dream is still a reality. And Hollywood will continue to spread American ideals using soft power.
Success or failure, this is not the time for Americans to develop a mediocrity complex. We’re lucky to have an inspirational leader in place. It’s time to toughen up and get it done, like we always have.