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Segel: Mourning For A Failing America

By Thomas D. Segel

Ronald Reagan once reminded us that it was still “Morning in America”. Today, many of us are looking at all of the transpiring events of the day and instead of the Reagan mantra, we are mourning for a failing America.

The news bulletins that flashed across our television screens and headlined our newspapers over the past holiday season were sad enough to dampen the festive mood of many Americans.

We have the ever-increasing threat of Iran, combined with an Administration that treats this rogue nation’s growing nuclear possibility as if it were some tiny civic squabble.

We have a Justice Department that constantly attacks issues and legislation that are legitimate state rights.

We have a President who looks upon our Constitution as if it were merely a list of suggestions he can follow or ignore as his mood demands.

While these serious issues with international impact unfold, we have seen our national debt grow to the point where it now equals the total annual income of the country.
At the same time we have learned our housing market is not only in a dangerous financial meltdown, but growing worse. The country is awash with vacant houses seeking unavailable new owners. Foreclosures escalate monthly and many homes across the nation have declined as much as 45% from their peak value.

Everything from government regulations to the weather has wreaked havoc with our food supply. The government has also reported that in addition to escalating food prices across the country, more than 46 million Americans require some form of assistance to keep themselves and their families fed.

None of these concerns even come close to the wide spread impact of a failed economy. While more than 14 million Americans are reported to be unemployed, the actual figure is much higher. In addition to the actual job seekers, another 3 million Americans have decided to just drop out of the work force. Instead of an 8.6% unemployment rate, the country is really facing between 10% and 14% unemployment. Across the country major cities such as Los Angeles, Miami, Jacksonville, Detroit, Las Vegas and Tampa are reporting double-digit unemployment. This does not include smaller towns, such as the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where unemployment ranges from 10% to 15% of the population. Hovering over all of this bad news is President who has held only one so-called job summit…and 73 reelection fund raising events.

Using all of these dark reports as a background for the Administration and Congress to reflect upon and take positive action, we have instead, one of the worst examples of political or governmental failure in the past 223 years. Perhaps the only period in our history when there was a worse governmental climate was the decade between 1850 and 1860 when the performance of both the executive branch and the legislative branch was so bad that it could not reach a reconcilable position and the nation erupted into civil war.

Today we have rule by presidential mandate, which remains questionable under the Constitution. We have an inept Congress that not only can’t pass a budget, but also cannot even cut the national debt by any meaningful dollar figure. Instead they pawn off their major problem on a so-called Super Committee that proved itself to be equally bad and unable to take any action to relieve pressure on our ever-growing national debt.

To the spirit of the Gipper we can only say…no longer do we see morning in America, but we do see mourning for those things that used to be and are now withering on the vine.

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  1. newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
    January 16, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    “…no longer do we see morning in America, but we do see mourning for those things that used to be and are now withering on the vine.”

    No one who loves this country could read your article without a heavy heart, but like it or not, your words and thoughts were in the realm of reality.  I hope and pray that it’s the will of God that we are able to depose of the worst anti-American president, and administration this country has ever known.

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  2. cynicalobserverComment by cynicalobserver
    January 16, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    Some Americans are moving to Australia to live in a country that is like what America once was. We need a new president and a new Congress.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      January 16, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

      I’m surprised the Australians are allowing immigration. They have been really strict in the past. Australia has very high Hepatitis C rates due to IV drug use. I don’t really want to move there.

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  3. JDZComment by JDZ
    January 16, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    I have said in the past that under the Obama administration that we have the most polarized country since the civil war era and our future is undecided. This administration is pulling up the roots of our capitalistic country and attempting a “transplant” it into a “socialist” form of governing and mass redistribution of wealth and earned benefits built up over decades of sweat and hard work.

    The Obama administration is using class warfare to incite those with “less” to become enemies of those with “more” and this is creating this massive “rift” in the country why cannot be anything but bad for our country.

    Then you pile on the national debt, the outrageously high unemployment, the continuous growth and intrusion of government into our private lives, the obsession with higher taxes and wealth redistribution, and now the latest move, which is to weaken our national defense, and this country is in big trouble.

    The elections this year will set the course for our future and may be the most critical election in the history of our country and, that really scares me a lot because I have lost confidence in a major part of the American public to rise above their self serving interests and help save our country by voting out Obama and those in Congress who have been supporting him.

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  4. cxComment by genesal
    January 16, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    I fear that if we elect a Republican President that the left will start an UP-RISE and if a Democratic (Obama) President is elected the Conservatives will UP-RISE.  That’s if China, Russia or Iran don’t get us first. 
    I not only MOURN but I CRY for my beloved Country.

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  5. GHUComment by GHU
    January 16, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

    There have been periods where our US economy has been bad. There have been periods where we’ve had natural disasters, loss of a job, sorrow, etc., but in all my years, I have never felt so depressed as I have since Obama and his progressive/ marxist administration took over. The USA seems to be on a suicide mission assisted by Obama. Sometimes I feel like I’m living in the “Twilight Zone”!

    We are destroying over 3,000 defenseless unborn babies per day through abortion. Traditional marriage & family are being destroyed & our children are being  brainwashed in immorality from the radical homosexual and pro-abortion groups. Christians and those whose faith disagrees with this agenda are being targeted and loosing their jobs because Obama has decreased conscience rights.  Catholic adoption agencies are being forced to close because they won’t go along with Obama’s radical gay agenda (to name just a few of Obama’s accomplishments).

    That is why it is so important that we elect REAL (Social) MORAL & Economic Conservatives as president and  to Congress. It’s NOT JUST ABOUT THE ECONOMY….IT”S BOTH! If we don’t start turning this country back to God we will be just another Liberal Socialist/ Marxist country. We can start tuning this country around by starting with prayer and electing the right people. That’s why I’m supporting Rick Santorum!
    2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

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