(Community Matters) Frank Rich in the New York
I know there are lots of problems: economic, environmental, and with public education (though I contend the latter is getting better, public funding notwithstanding & for which I am working to help launch an important initiative). Sometimes problems get worse, sometimes better. I recall back stage at Grant Park almost 4 years ago – we all knew, we acknowledged, that this was gonna be a hard 4 years, there would be few heros, certainly not the president who had to govern during a deja vu of Hoover times. And, we were crying, shouting & happy – I’m not a cheerleader for American exceptionalism. That’s something others should say about us, not us about ourselves. Yet admittedly, in our states of elation, we were awed that the USA was among (if not the) first developed countries to elect a member of a minority as its chief executive officer.
Constant pessimistic drumming is aggravating, self destructive & too often allows us to feel we’re contributing to solutions while couch surfing.