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Barack Obama’s Era of Hopelessness
Powerline ^ | 10/19/13 | John Hinderaker

Posted on 10/19/2013 7:11:36 AM PDT by Lakeshark

Of all the bitter fruit of the Barack Obama disaster, the most bitter may be the sense of hopelessness that has descended on Americans, especially the young. Has there ever been anything like it in our history? Even on the eve of the Civil War, was there this much pessimism about our future? Gallup wasn’t around in those days, but I wonder.

For a simple measure of how the Obama administration has crushed any sense of hopefulness in the American people, take a look at the survey that Rasmussen Reports does periodically on whether America’s best days are behind her, or still in the future. It’s a great question that tells a lot about how Americans are feeling.

Rasmussen last asked the question before Barack Obama took office in August 2008, while the presidential campaign that resulted in Obama’s election was in progress. The result:

45% of voters think America’s best days lie ahead, while 37% think they have come and gone.

That was after nearly eight years of the supposedly disastrous Bush administration–which, by the way, looks more like a golden age every day, compared with what has followed.

Fast forward to today, after nearly five years of the Obama administration. How are Americans feeling about the future?

31% of Likely U.S. Voters think America’s best days are still to come… Just over half (52%) think the nation’s best days are in the past.

So the Age of Obama has brought the percentage who think America’s best days are still ahead down from 45% to 31%, while the number who think our best days are gone has risen from 37% to 52%. Great work, Barry. This is your true legacy: hopelessness.

(Excerpt) Read more at powerlineblog.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: darkness; depression; hopeless; obama
The psychological damage this man and his cohorts have done to America is incalculable. His legacy: A grey, bitter, divided country, mired in doubt, losing all hope to regain what was once a bright future. Those that support him are angrier than ever, those that oppose him have a difficult road ahead to even begin to undo the horrors he has brought to us all.

Change it back!

1 posted on 10/19/2013 7:11:36 AM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: Lakeshark

America’s best days ran from 1945-1973. We were exporting our socialism in the form of goods and services to the rest of the world. But the rest of the world recovered from war or caught up technologically and began competing back. With the flow of cash coming in reduced and increasing regulations businesses could no longer afford America’s socialism and either failed or moved away. Now we still have the socialism, the EPA, government funded racial grievance lawsuits and nobody to pay for it all. We’ve run out of other people’s money.


2 posted on 10/19/2013 7:22:46 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Lakeshark

I can do a “restore” on my computer. I wish I could turn back time and restore the last several years.


4 posted on 10/19/2013 7:29:53 AM PDT by Cloverfarm (This too shall pass ...)
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To: Lakeshark
"45% of voters think America’s best days lie ahead"

Low information voters, apparently.


5 posted on 10/19/2013 7:30:12 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Cloverfarm

1980.


6 posted on 10/19/2013 7:32:41 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Cloverfarm
The big problem with a system restore is that Bambi's ideas of a system are basically Marxist visions from 1970's Ivy League professoriat.

System restore

Crt Alt Del

Defrag

None of that will work, we need to simply buy a new computer, and beat the old hard drive into an unrecognizable mass.

7 posted on 10/19/2013 7:35:01 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: BenLurkin

That was back in 2008. Now it is 31%.


8 posted on 10/19/2013 7:43:43 AM PDT by Laserman
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To: BenLurkin

Unfortunately, he still has three years to continue his “work.”


9 posted on 10/19/2013 7:51:17 AM PDT by upchuck (nobamacare must be stopped before it can live down to our expectations.)
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To: Lakeshark

I HOPE there’s still a chance to CHANGE, to get back to where we need to be.

If only people would stop voting for Democrats.


10 posted on 10/19/2013 7:54:27 AM PDT by Rocky (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell)
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To: Lakeshark

The hopelessness began when this wonderful, delightful, COMMUNIST was elected to power.

The hopefulness cannot ever be NOT planted, because it took how many years, to get past, and eliminate from the country’s bowels, every lollipop-licking Communist, at EVERY level of bureaucracy, from President, to dog catcher, in Russia?


11 posted on 10/19/2013 7:58:38 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great cartoon!


12 posted on 10/19/2013 8:00:32 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: BenLurkin
I think all freepers know Obama is the anti Ronald Reagan. Pres. Reagan dissolved the Soviet Union without a shot. Pres. Obama dissolved the United States without a shot. Each President dealt effectively with what each regarded as the focus of evil in the modern world.
13 posted on 10/19/2013 8:01:32 AM PDT by Stepan12
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To: Lakeshark

bm


14 posted on 10/19/2013 8:10:29 AM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: upchuck

Yep, he has three more years.

And after that, we may be subjected to at least four more years of Shrillary. Hillary is also an acolyte of Saul Alinksy. We might have 2 Alinksyite presidents in a row.


15 posted on 10/19/2013 8:13:27 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Lakeshark

I know it seems hopeless at times, but it’s not. There are millions upon millions of Americans who are fed up with Washington D.C. Granted. The forces arrayed against us are formidable, but we stand for the truth—not some pie in the sky paradise on Earth that’s simply impossible and has failed everywhere it’s been tried.

We have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and continue the fight. America is worth it. Americans, those of us who still believe in self reliance, liberty, and morality, are worth it, too, and there are millions of us!


16 posted on 10/19/2013 8:18:23 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Conservatives are not anarchists!)
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To: Gen.Blather

I think it was 1941-2003. From 1992-2003 it was precarious as to which way we would go. We would sometimes shine, and then sometimes fail badly. Even when the nation had rough spots during that entire 60 years, there was always enough of the good America left where it easily swamped the rot.

Now? It feels like rot everywhere, and I do mean everywhere.

9-11 and the weeks after was the last of that good America that we were capable of.


17 posted on 10/19/2013 8:33:49 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: CitizenUSA
Agreed. It's NOT hopeless.

I do think the article does expose the spirit that BHO has spread upon the land, it's the hideous gray fog of socialism, the one that says give up, it's hopeless.

It's a spirit we have to fight, both personally and as a group. I think that's the message to take away here.

18 posted on 10/19/2013 8:34:06 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: VanDeKoik

ENDED: January 22, 1973. Decided: Roe v. Wade


19 posted on 10/19/2013 8:38:36 AM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Lakeshark
Change it back!

Sorry, the probability of that happening is somewhere between little and none.

Five decades or more of "educating" our kids in a socialist run public school system followed by several years of collectivist indoctrination in colleges and universities has proved to be a success for collectivism, where as teaching outright Marxist communism would have failed to catch on with a large enough percentage of the American youth to bring it into being. IMHO, unless the utter failure of collectivism in every corner of the world where it's been tried doesn't convince America's future generations that they have been duped by the people whose idealistic social and economic doctrines they have been taught during their youth I don't foresee anything hopeful for America's future as a free and prosperous nation as it was before socialist teachers and professors began successfully indoctrinating America's youth with collectivist propaganda and atheism.

20 posted on 10/19/2013 8:40:44 AM PDT by epow
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To: Lakeshark

Yes. You’re right. I see plenty of good, moral people around me. Americans aren’t all statist drones. Consider the Steven Lonegan senate race. Booker received slightly more than 700,000 votes, but Lonegan received nearly 600,000 votes. This was in New Jersey which is supposedly and ultra-blue stronghold. Even in this bluest of blue states, about 45% of the voters voted AGAINST big government (Lonegan didn’t hide the fact that he was a staunch conservative, i.e. opponent of Obamacare, etc.)

So it’s really that close. The left may hold a lot of cards, but we’re not out by a long shot. Even if the Democrats manage to fundamentally transform America, conservatives will do fine. We’re may be self reliant during normal times, but we’re also the type of people who come together during crises. Conservatives help each other. Liberals run to government for their solutions.

What the Democrats don’t know is we win this either way. They can’t produce what they promise, and if they succeed in bankrupting the country, conservatives will pick up the pieces like we’ve always done. Those who are dependent on EBT cards or are highly paid bureaucrats living in the fantasy land that’s D.C.? Eh, they’re not likely to thrive in their brave new (dysfunctional) world. Shoot. The EBT holders aren’t exactly thriving right now.


21 posted on 10/19/2013 8:50:43 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Conservatives are not anarchists!)
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To: Lakeshark
It really is awful. Even race relations are worse than ever, just when it seemed that things were getting on the right track.

One would think at least blacks would be happy, or at least happier, but they're more bitter and angrier than ever.

22 posted on 10/19/2013 9:03:09 AM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: Lakeshark
We need to expel the deeply-Blue areas from the Union and encourage all Democratic voters and their spawn to move there. Geographically, we're talking about the coasts.

On the East Coast, from Wilmington in the south to Bangor in the North and about 100 miles inland. We'll call it "East Libtardistan."

On the West Coast, from the southern border of LA county to the northern border of Marin County, and from inland to about the crest of coastal mountains, or about 40 miles. We'll call it "West Libtardistan."

We'll move all registered Democrats remaining in the United States to one of the 'Stans. The litmus test for whether one is an American or not will turn on whether they voted for BHO in 2012. This phase of the plan will be called "Operation Boxcar."

The United States will be a far healthier organism, being purged of its parasites. Plus, we'll get to sit back and gloat as the Democratic Coalition actually gets to share the same polity. It will be fun watching aging Marin County self-righteous hippies pulled from the Chevy Volts and robbed by their coalition partners from Detroit.

Break out the popcorn.

Discuss!

23 posted on 10/19/2013 9:06:11 AM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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To: Gluteus Maximus

Yabut...

What about Chicago?


24 posted on 10/19/2013 9:10:52 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (The "government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: Lakeshark

Wasn’t it the “youth vote” that helped bring this communist to power?

Hey kids! Elections have consequences!


25 posted on 10/19/2013 9:35:08 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

They’re moving to East Libtardistan. I suggest the former Rhode Island. It’s almost pure libtard there. Democrats so richly deserve each other.


26 posted on 10/19/2013 9:40:14 AM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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To: Gluteus Maximus

I was thinking maybe you’d say; Move them all into Lake Michigan.


27 posted on 10/19/2013 9:44:37 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (The "government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Ha! Not a bad idea. Certainly, Lake Michigan is much closer and the logistics no doubt far simpler. But, that might be going too far. No, I say load them on buses, Rhode Island bound.


28 posted on 10/19/2013 9:47:51 AM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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To: Gluteus Maximus

Well, we could add a few more buses to the convoy and pick up the remaining stragglers in Detroit.


29 posted on 10/19/2013 9:56:11 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (The "government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: Lakeshark

The Clown will be discredited by history. A feckless ideologue who wasted 8 years of time. Worst occupier of the WH evah.


30 posted on 10/19/2013 9:56:24 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Lakeshark

He accomplished what he set out to do. He is a bitter angry man who hates America, but enjoys his personal wealth gotten from our beautiful country.


31 posted on 10/19/2013 11:02:34 AM PDT by LilRhody
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Done!


32 posted on 10/19/2013 12:10:48 PM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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To: Lakeshark
Barky, his minions, and his controllers require hopelessness be inflicted on the public, in order to ensure that people no longer believe in themselves, in order to destroy the uniquely American spirit of "I can do it!" and install the belief that we all need the government to save us. He wasn't just talking to businesses when he said, "you didn't build that." He was talking to every American man, woman, and child in order to let them know where American society is heading.

And that's another reason that amnesty for illegal aliens is so important. They need to boost the number of people who are directly reliant on government.

The feeling of hopelessness is the means to an end. The end of America as we've known it. To force a "fundamental transformation."

Mark

33 posted on 10/19/2013 2:01:32 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: CitizenUSA; Lakeshark; epow; Gluteus Maximus; ROCKLOBSTER
Last week, Congress gave up the last effective tool it had to oppose Obama. Knuckling under Obama’s threat to blow up world finance, Congress gave away, for all practical purposes, the power of the purse.

In the aggregate, Obama determines how much and where money is spent, what the law is, and how his law is enforced. Add a compliant federal court system to uphold his outrages, and I'd say his hold on executive, legislative and judicial authority is just about complete.

You counsel to “dust ourselves off, and continue the fight.” If you mean we should continue to pretend voting in national elections can restore republican freedom, I don't see how that can happen. Obama stole the 2012 election, and the machinery is in place to ensure the rats never lose another.

34 posted on 10/20/2013 2:27:00 AM PDT by Jacquerie (An Article V amendment convention is our only hope.)
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To: upchuck

BINGO,God help us all


35 posted on 10/20/2013 2:34:21 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: upchuck

BINGO,God help us all


36 posted on 10/20/2013 2:34:24 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Jacquerie

I agree. At this point secession is the only answer. Most conservatives are in denial about that. But if we leave aside the emotions, it’s clear that we have no other option as our republic has been transformed into a “democracy” and we’re now a minority in our own country. Libtards are concentrated on the coasts. We need to expel the coasts and move the remaining Libtards there. That’s it. The sooner we can accept that this geographical solution is the only realistic option that we have, the sooner we can move forward with the winning our freedom back.


37 posted on 10/20/2013 7:56:44 AM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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To: upchuck
That's right..he's not finished yet.....the push will continue!


38 posted on 10/20/2013 8:05:10 AM PDT by caww
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To: Lakeshark

Don’t think it’s going back. Too many have bought into the “Me-me-me” meme (just made that one up). Too many look to the government to solve problems (Road to Serfdom and all that).


39 posted on 10/20/2013 8:09:34 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Lakeshark

“Even on the eve of the Civil War, was there this much pessimism about our future?”
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I wasn’t around then either but I think the answer is certainly NO. There was not nearly so much pessimism about the future simply because the average person had grown up dealing with real hardship. Now we have millions who have grown up depending on the government and without parents who teach them how to cope with hard times. There was also a HIGHER level of CLASSICAL education in those days.


40 posted on 10/20/2013 11:51:42 AM PDT by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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