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Not so long ago, we were a very confident people; we believed that the present was excellent, and the future looked to be even better!

Nowadays, however, most Americans--at least, among the MSM--appear to believe that the present is bleak, and the future looks even worse!

I am wondering what explains this.

Could it be the recent appearance of the covid-19 virus?

Or the 2016 election, to the presidency, of Donald Trump?

Or--related to this--fears that the coastal elite are no longer in charge?

Or fears of impending doom (due to either nuclear war; or climate change; or...well, you fill in the blank)?

Thoughts?
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Not so long ago, we were a very confident people; we believed that the present was excellent, and the future looked to be even better!

Nowadays, however, most Americans--at least, among the MSM--appear to believe that the present is bleak, and the future looks even worse!

I am wondering what explains this.

Could it be the recent appearance of the covid-19 virus?

Or the 2016 election, to the presidency, of Donald Trump?

Or--related to this--fears that the coastal elite are no longer in charge?

Or fears of impending doom (due to either nuclear war; or climate change; or...well, you fill in the blank)?

Thoughts?
I think it is a generational quirk. This generation appears to lean toward the sheep side of humanity. Prove me wrong, people.
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Not so long ago, we were a very confident people; we believed that the present was excellent, and the future looked to be even better!

Nowadays, however, most Americans--at least, among the MSM--appear to believe that the present is bleak, and the future looks even worse!

I am wondering what explains this.

Could it be the recent appearance of the covid-19 virus?

Or the 2016 election, to the presidency, of Donald Trump?

Or--related to this--fears that the coastal elite are no longer in charge?

Or fears of impending doom (due to either nuclear war; or climate change; or...well, you fill in the blank)?

Thoughts?
nope. it's trump's own words.
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Not so long ago, we were a very confident people; we believed that the present was excellent, and the future looked to be even better!

Nowadays, however, most Americans--at least, among the MSM--appear to believe that the present is bleak, and the future looks even worse!

I am wondering what explains this.


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You really had to ask that question.....

Things are happening right now that have never happened in your lifetime and you are "wondering" about confidence.....??

~Millions of people have filed for unemployment because the government has shut down society and business as we once knew it .....
~The oil industry crashed and prices are lower than ever before...
~ The entire airline and travel industry has halted to nothing...
~People have never been told to stay home for months, not even being able to go to church.....


And you wonder why "confidence" isn't higher....??


Come on dude.....

WTF.....
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You really had to ask that question.....

Things are happening right now that have never happened in your lifetime and you are "wondering" about confidence.....??

~Millions of people have filed for unemployment because the government has shut down society and business as we once knew it .....
~The oil industry crashed and prices are lower than ever before...
~ The entire airline and travel industry has halted to nothing...
~People have never been told to stay home for months, not even being able to go to church.....


And you wonder why "confidence" isn't higher....??


Come on dude.....

WTF.....
All of this is due to the virus, which is WAAY too narrow when defining why this country used to be so optimistic but now pessimistic...

In the bigger picture, there are multiple reasons...

1) 24-our media and communications - To fill our time and their schedule, "entertainment" channels run shows about the worst weather, open murder cases, how animals (and ourselves) will become extinct, and a multitude of other depressing events and future events...Politicians and news media happily join in...

2) Political rhetoric - There is no "middle ground", anymore, when it relates to elections - If your candidate wins, the sky is blue and the country is smart and good and angels are singing...If they lose, the sky is dark and the country is stupid and evil and the angels are crying...

3) Self-reliance is dying - Multiple politicians have been telling the public that they are victims and they can't do anything for themselves without the government's help....This leads to low self-esteem and bleak outlook...

There are more, I'm sure, but those three are biggies...
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Easy to answer. We have bunch of idiotic fascistic leftists running around screaming the sky is falling every chance they get, lieing about climate change, healthcare, income inequality, viruses, etc... ad nauseum.
And we have press that has been largely co-opted to the leftist agenda deliberately promoting hysteria.
Any attempt at sane and rational discussion is screamed down, forcibly shut down or berated as some form of denier.
Is it any wonder that confidence in our country and leadership is at an all time low?
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Any attempt at sane and rational discussion is screamed down, forcibly shut down or berated as some form of denier.
This is surely true.

And, of course, the word, "denier," is a loaded term, because of its association with Holocaust deniers...
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All of this is due to the virus, which is WAAY too narrow when defining why this country used to be so optimistic but now pessimistic...

In the bigger picture, there are multiple reasons...

1) 24-our media and communications - To fill our time and their schedule, "entertainment" channels run shows about the worst weather, open murder cases, how animals (and ourselves) will become extinct, and a multitude of other depressing events and future events...Politicians and news media happily join in...

2) Political rhetoric - There is no "middle ground", anymore, when it relates to elections - If your candidate wins, the sky is blue and the country is smart and good and angels are singing...If they lose, the sky is dark and the country is stupid and evil and the angels are crying...

3) Self-reliance is dying - Multiple politicians have been telling the public that they are victims and they can't do anything for themselves without the government's help....This leads to low self-esteem and bleak outlook...

There are more, I'm sure, but those three are biggies...
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All of this is due to the virus,
Nope, it's not due to the virus. It's due to how the media and government reacted. In my opinion, over-reacted.
Your numbers,
1) Yes, doom and gloom the sky is falling media spewing.
2) Maybe, Political rhetoric is trying to force a binary of either/or, not working together.
3) Yes, the victim mentality pushing by both politicians and media seems to be generating a culture of people that can't cope with reality.
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Nope, it's not due to the virus. It's due to how the media and government reacted. In my opinion, over-reacted.
Your numbers,
1) Yes, doom and gloom the sky is falling media spewing.
2) Maybe, Political rhetoric is trying to force a binary of either/or, not working together.
3) Yes, the victim mentality pushing by both politicians and media seems to be generating a culture of people that can't cope with reality.
the son of a gun just told you to put bleach and Lysol in your veins and you don't think the media should call him out?
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the son of a gun just told you to put bleach and Lysol in your veins and you don't think the media should call him out?


Only complete morons would believe he is not being facetious.
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