but I think America outside the beltway is not particularly unhappy at all. It is hilarious to observe people who think that Americans are looking to Europe for anything let alone an analysis of our view of the world.
The Economist is a London based publication which started in 1843. My relative in Germany sent me this article this morning. Yes, the beginning of it (which I have posted below) starts out rather depressingly, but it does acquire a lighter heart as it goes on. I found some of the ideas presented here as valuable insights worthy of posting here for your consideration.
If America can learn from its problems, instead of blaming others, it will come back stronger
NATIONS, like people, occasionally get the blues; and right now the United States, normally the world?s most self-confident place, is glum. Eight out of ten Americans think their country is heading in the wrong direction
One source of angst is the sorry state of American capitalism (see article). The ?Washington consensus? told the world that open markets and deregulation would solve its problems. Yet American house prices are falling faster than during the Depression, petrol is more expensive than in the 1970s, banks are collapsing, the euro is kicking sand in the dollar?s face, credit is scarce, recession and inflation both threaten the economy, consumer confidence is an oxymoron and Belgians have just bought Budweiser, ?America?s beer?.
The article has much to say, in a fairly concise and succinct read. Part of it's positive spin is that it goes on to say...
"America has got into funks before now. In the 1950s it went into a Sputnik-driven spin about Soviet power; in the 1970s there was Watergate, Vietnam and the oil shocks; in the late 1980s Japan seemed to be buying up America. Each time, the United States rebounded, because the country is good at fixing itself. Just as American capitalism allows companies to die, and to be created, quickly, so its political system reacts fast. In Europe, political leaders emerge slowly, through party hierarchies; in America, the primaries permit inspirational unknowns to burst into the public consciousness from nowhere."
Considering the rise of European wealth and the growing influence of the EU, I think it is enlightening that they (well, at least some of them) still seem to look to us to be positive leaders in the world.