John Hawkins

All our times have come
here, but now there, gone
Seasons don't fear the reaper
nor do the wind, the sun or the rain
(We can be like they are)

Come on baby
(Don't fear the reaper)
Baby take my hand
(Don't fear the reaper)
We'll be able to fly
(Don't fear the reaper)
Baby I'm your man -- Blue Oyster Cult, Don't Fear The Reaper

With our country drowning in a deep blue ocean of debt and stuck in the maw of the worst crew of socialists, kleptocrats, and incompetents to rule over a great nation since the downfall of the Roman empire, it's easy to be pessimistic.

Most conservatives who care about their country can reel off a list of reasons as long as their arm why this nation's best days are behind it unless we change course. But, that being said, all is far from lost. There are more than a few reasons to be optimistic about the long-term future of this country.

"To be the man, you have to beat the man." With the collapse of the Soviet Union, we moved from a bipolar world to a unipolar world. Many people assume that if the United States were to lose its superpower status, a new superpower would rise up to replace us.

However, despite the fact that America's lurch towards socialism is going to hurt us deeply as a nation, we still have the most vibrant economy and powerful military on earth. Moreover, our closet competitors have difficulties as great as ours, if not greater. The European Union (more on them momentarily) is full of decadent, decrepit nations in the midst of a deep decline. Japan is a fast-aging society. Russia is crashing into the pavement demographically. China is much more unstable than it looks and will likely be wracked with unrest once its economy inevitably slows down.

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This doesn't mean the United States is destined to remain a superpower long term, but if you had to bet, a multipolar world where the United States is still the preeminent nation, but is not strong enough to be called a superpower, would probably be the likeliest outcome of a downward slide over the next few decades. That's certainly far from an ideal outcome, but it also beats living in a world dominated by a Russian or Chinese superpower.

John Hawkins

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