Politics of Pessimism
by Bob Schwartz
It is one thing to say that things could be better in America. Another to say that things are terrible, horrible, very bad.
At the moment, that seems to be a Republican approach to “lifting up” the nation and winning the presidency. Make sure we realize just how dire things really are and then promise to swoop in as our rescuer. First we kill all hope.
Hope isn’t dead. Crushing our current spirit for the sake of future dominance is a terrible, horrible, very bad idea. The more Bible-minded will recognize this as one of the tricks played by some legendary figures. See, for example, the Book of Job.
For a post-debate review of this, see The ‘Everything is Bad’ Party.