Just about all the news these days is bad:

The Taliban in Afghanistan have figured how to avoid harm from our troops and are gaining strength there.

The job market is unlikely to improve very much because our competitors pay far less to their workers and we have lost jobs overseas to them.

Obama is talking deficits now and our economy (and Republican opposition) leave little room for reform or improvement of things that desperately need it — health care, education, rebuilding deteriorating infrastructures — bridges, sewer systems, roads, high speed travel, etc.

Our Western religions are degenerating and focused on killing enemies.

Iran and North Korea are playing nuclear games.

Israel may panic and attack Iran which can then cut off oil supplies from the several nations that must send them past its shores.  The expenses for oil, gasoline would go beyond imaginable limits.

We are also losing out to Western Europe where most of our problems were solved in the last century.  They have learned that there are no free lunches and set tax rates where they can provide basic needs to their people.

Our main business enterprise is producing weapons which we sell to any and all — more than the rest of the world combined.  Many of these then are used against us.

Some quarter of our children are sexually abused.

This list could go on indefinitely.  New horrors are almost daily reported.  Most of our news media rarely inform us about what we need to know and give us mainly things that build their ratings — sex and violence.

Such things are leaving people depressed and many are suffering from PTSD — particularly our returning military worn out with too many wars.

Where is our national shrink?

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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