Monday, May 22, 2006
The Best Of Times
Alice and I frequently marvel about how good it is to live in these times. We wonder, are we the only ones who realize how good we have it? We are clearly winning the war in Iraq, yet most citizens think we are losing because the Main Stream Media are so incompetent. Our economy is strong, by far the most powerful and dynamic the world has ever seen, yet Liberals hold out the enemic economies of the socialist welfare states of Europe as models of what we should be.
What is going on? How can reality be dumped on its head and this gloom about our lives and future prevail? Where can we find what is really happening?
Surprisingly, a writer for the Main Stream Media, Michael Barone at US News and World Report, has looked outside the box filled with gloom and doomers and has reported (Heard the Good News?) that things are now as good or better than they have ever been. World economic growth, driven by the powerful engine of the United States economy, is surging. Armed conflicts are down dramatically in terms of numbers and savagery since the end of the Cold War. The war in Iraq is being conducted at a far lower cost in lives and dollars than previous wars such as World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Now if we could just get professionalism into our journalistic ranks, as we already have in the ranks of our military and business organizations, we might stop being cheated out of enjoying this wonderful world and the great times we are living.