What was the guy thinking when he first decided that sticking a lobster into his mouth was a good idea? But after someone figured out it would be better cooked and dipped in melted butter with a dash of lemon, it proved delicious. No one said to themselves at the dawn of the Dark Ages, this is a really bad idea, but they figured it out and gave us the Enlightenment.
Herbert Hoover was a much better choice of president than Warren G. Harding, but the Great Depression still wasn’t much fun. Yet, we endure. The United States endures.
To many, we’re in political valley with no peak in sight. To others, we were there before and are now climbing the mountain. Time will tell who is right, whether we like the answer or not. No amount of hysteria or outrage, anger or hatred, is going to prove what the future holds. To the extent any guidance can be found, it’s in our history rather than fears of the coming Apocalypse. And what our history shows is that America’s dedication to freedom has enabled us to overcome the transient cultural shifts that seemed so critical at the moment but whimsical in retrospect. Nixon sucked, but do you wear bell bottoms and love beads?
Stop mourning over the corpse of a great nation. We’re not dead yet.