GOP Senator: Hold on, better days ahead

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday the United States ultimately will overcome the daunting problems of war, recession and double-digit unemployment.

Challenges will be met, better days are ahead and the nation’s leaders will unite for the common good despite sometimes sharp political disagreements that are the hallmark of a vibrant democracy, the senator from Kentucky said in the GOP’s weekly radio address.

“The new year always brings with it renewed hope and a spirit of optimism — qualities that have exemplified our nation and its people from the very start,” McConnell said.

He drew a historical parallel, citing the colonial army of 230 years ago winning a great military victory amid the exhaustion of a war in which the colonists were facing impossible odds against the British.

“Powerful forces may be aligned against us … but when the challenges are greatest, Americans always join ranks,” the senator said.