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A Pessimistic Nation – and Six Principles to Help Get Over It

poorgrandchildren.com2 Wrote: Mar 03, 2013 8:33 AM
We will continue to have reason for pessimism so long as we continue to accept the lie that our republic is a democracy. The results of mob rule are not pretty because the tyranny of the majority eventually makes everyone angry. "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."-- John Adams

Americans historically have been the can-do people. Even in the darkest of times, Americans manage to see their glass as more than half full. Seemingly woven into our DNA is an expectation that the lights will forever burn brightly within the "shining city on the hill."

Even from colonial days, every generation somehow managed to hand off an even greater life filled with opportunity to their children. By the time our upstart nation was barely fifty years old, Alexis de Tocqueville gushed with praise about America's unique advancement of "human greatness and freedom."

Our national belief of an...