The return of ‘malaise’

Former President Jimmy Carter called the mood of the country “malaise” during his one-term Presidency and that term came to define his four years in office and contributed to his failure to win re-election.

When you look at the mood of the nation today, you find a lot of similarities to the malaise of Carter’s day.

There’s no doubt we live in depressed, sour times. The mood of the nation is — at best — somber. Americans die in wars fought more for political agendas than national interest. Nearly five million homeowners in this country owe more on their mortgages than their home is worth. Millions lost their jobs and hundreds of thousands join their ranks every month.

More and more Americans cannot afford health insurance. Growing numbers face life on food stamps and welfare for the first time in their lives.

Much of the nation is currently gripped in the bitterest winter in many years. Record snowfalls fell on many areas and the talking heads on the tube say more is on the way.

Psychiatrists even have a disorder for the wintertime blues: It’s called “Seasonal Affected Disorder” or “SAD,” an appropriate acronym.

Karen Minty, writing on YourHealth.Com, says “the cloudy sky, strong winds and frigid air is enough to cool off anyone’s fire for life.”

You got that right Karen but causes of our winter is discontent goes far beyond the snow, the ice and the cold.

America is not just down. She may be close to a full count of out cold. The Democrats who swept into power with so many promises of hope and change couldn’t accomplish their legislative agenda even with veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate and one of their own in the White House.

Angry, dissatisfied voters have turned against President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party and appear willing to take yet another chance on Republicans. Independents desert Obama daily.

Sadly, past experience has shown us that simply replacing one political party with another can’t solve the nation’s woes. The system itself is broken but fixing that break may be impossible when the very people who benefit from the current system are the only ones who can make the change.

Which leaves the questions: Has our current system of government become unmanageable? Is is possible to change when the system itself prevents any real change? Can change happen without scrapping our current system of government?

And, finally, can America be saved?

I don’t have the answers.

Do you?

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23 Responses to "The return of ‘malaise’"

  1. blacksmith  February 15, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Save the country? Sure. Start holding trials for treason every time the perps break their oath of office and attempt to circumvent the Constitutional restrictions on government –whatever their excuse. That -and only that- will put a stop to the fall of our country. Anything else is just playing their game.

  2. almandine  February 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    “When plunder has become a way of life for a group of people living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that glorifies it.”

    – Frederic Bastiat

    A return to the principles in our Constitution is the only hope. Instead, it seems, we will be treated to more of the plunder that has brought us to this juncture.

  3. griff  February 15, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Amazingly succinct, accurate quote from Bastiat.

    Returning to the principles of our founding is simply too radical a course to pursue. We prefer the comfort of the lie over the hardship of liberty.

  4. almandine  February 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Perhaps the comfort of a bullet will be more to our liking.

    http://www.counterpunch.com/roberts02102010.html

  5. woody188  February 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    PCR does it again. A great read for those willing to open their eyes to the truth.

  6. Seaglass  February 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    So, we should vote for Sarah and it will morning in America again?

  7. Stratocaster  February 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Beating up the puppet will not give you a better puppet show. You need to go kick the shit out of the puppeteer.

  8. griff  February 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Ha. The puppeteers are well hidden, I’m afraid.

  9. Stratocaster  February 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Griff, you so dissappoint me. Your the one person I accused of having a brain. Just follow the money and pay attention to history.

    http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/jefferson/quotations/jeff1325.htm

  10. almandine  February 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Don’t be obtuse… if you’ve got a point, make it. Jefferson never heard of Goldman Sachs.

  11. Stratocaster  February 15, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I made the assumption that anyone reading that would be smart enough to understand that Jefferson was perceptive enough to see that paper money being contolled by the private sector would be a problem long before there was a Goldman Sachs. Paper money being controlled by the private sector is controlling our government. It is the problem and has always been the problem. I can’t put it any plainer then that. I wrote this very slowly. Did it help?

  12. griff  February 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    A frequent resource of mine. The vast majority knows nothing of this. Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor. Baby steps…

  13. almandine  February 15, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Oh please… don’t get your shorts in a wad. You’ve quoted one of our long lost heroes, appropriately I might add… but it does nothing to elucidate the mechanics of our current plight and how to turn it around. Paper money controlled how – one might ask?

    http://www.financialsense.com/editorials/fekete/2010/0209.html

    That’s how.

  14. Carl Nemo  February 15, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks Doug Thompson for a timely rant concerning the issue of malaise.

    The American people are in such a state because we obviously have a leadership that’s failing to address the problems of “We the People” in a direct, can do manner.

    An American President has enormous powers vested in his office both Constitutionally along with an ever-growing list of Executive Orders created down through presidencies since Lincoln’s time.

    He could nationalize the banks, insurance and brokerage, then have our enforcement agencies both audit and cleanout this nest of vipers that are operating these institutions. Once stabilized along with consumer friendly legislation then they can be turned loose again to operate as private institutions.

    Instead we have a President that’s being obviously puppet paddled by the bankers and the shadowy elites that own these institutions such as the Federal Reserve and the BIS (Bank of International Settlements) based in Basel, Switzerland. All the stock in the Fed and the BIS are owned outright by a dozen or so planetary plutocrats who are jerking 7 billion of earth’s inhabitants by the shorthairs 24/7/365.

    If they have to post U.S. Marshal’s and FBI agents in every center bank, major insurer and stock brokerage along with forensic auditors going through the books of these labrynthine institutions then sobeit!

    We’re being skinned alive by these “pirate capitalists” now run amok.

    Gramm-Leach-Bliley needs to be rescinded as a function of an emergency Executive Order with Glass-Steagall of the depression era put forcefully back in place with Congress sorting it out afterward. If Congress and the Supreme Court turn out to be obstructionists from the getgo, then martial law needs to be declared, not to suppress we the citizens, but these greedy scumbag, usurpers who have seemingly seized control of the United States of America including all three branches of government.

    If paths of influence are traced back to our Congressmen they too need to be moved into the Justice system for summary resolution etc.

    Our national problems are of such massive consequence that it will take unusual, draconian measures to stop these corporate forces of evil from totally and absolutely destroying the United States of America.

    All trade agreements should nullified with one fell swoop of the pen with stiff tariffs slapped on those nations that have been working the edge against us.

    Emergency level orders need to be given to industry that every product necessary for the daily maintenance of life itself must integrate such manufacturinig of such goods and services on U.S. soil again or risk having their corporate charters yanked and assets seized including their manufacturing facilities. I’m talking about manufacturing everything from toothpaste to tarpaper; ie., tools, hardware, clothing, entertainment, electronic devices etc. infinitum. All jobs to fill such manufacturing will be offered first to U.S. citizens with offshore applicants second in line…period!

    Also all foreclosures will be put on hold with a 5 year moratorium on such proceedings in order to keep people in their homes, but the homeowners will be expected to send in a payment in line with their income and if out of work then payments will be held in abeyance until the homeowner is reemployed. All pre-bust contracts “must be” renegotiated for the benefit of the homeowner with it being just “tough” for the lender.

    Does it sound like I’m advocating an interim “Executive Order” mandated dictatorship, you betcha! : |

    Will this happen, not only no, but “hell no” because these modern presidents along with our representative bodies have been totally compromised by shadowy corporate forces.

    Concerning Obama…Andrew Jackson he is not!

    He’ll never end up on Mount Rushmore for sure, but simply to be loathed and reviled by our citizens ending up in the ashbin of history concerning all lying, flim flam crimpols.

    These modern day representatives and our three branches of government have been relentlessly working at destroying our “sense of nation”; ie., that we are citizens of one of the greatest nations in the history of the world who’s high ideals as expressed through our Constitution have a right to survive as a sovereign nation. They are all part of the globalist cabal that ascribe to the b.s. concept of a “New or One World Order” which will never work due to the simple fact that whether they be national or world leaders they are all prone to being corrupted by the same shadowy elites that I’ve indicted with this writing. Smaller government is best for “We the People”; ie, government that can be controlled much more effectively closer to home from the local to Federal level.

    *****

    Extraordinary crises call for similar nation saving measures…Carl Nemo

    *****

    Carl Nemo **==

  15. Stratocaster  February 15, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks and Amen.

  16. almandine  February 15, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Carl – don’t be a putz.

    We have NO leadership.

  17. Lcoast  February 15, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    On the money Carl. You forgot the perp walk to The Hague by Cheney, Rove, Addington and Chimpy, et.al.. In fact, I’d do that first just to define terms…

  18. Carl Nemo  February 15, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Wow, me a putz? I’m surprised you’d say such. That was the whole point of my rant in that we have no honest, populist friendly leadership.

    Probably the last President if faced with our current plight that would have tackled the issues along the lines that I suggested would have been Harry S. Truman.

    In addition to wrapping up world war on two fronts, his life was hell post WWII in terms of winding down the MIC, handling massive labor issues, the rebuilding of Europe and Japan, the founding of the modern Israeli State etc. When the guy retired there wasn’t even a presidential pension in place.

    Modern presidents like to use Truman’s “the buck stops here” quip supported by a small sign on his desk, but its just for show; ie., PR purposes.

    None of them would have made a zit on Truman’s butt. Our entire nation has been sliding into the abyss since the end of WWII.

    Eisenhower post Truman’s presidency warned us in his farewell address of the dangers of the MIC taking over our government and they’ve evidently succeeded in spades.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_S._Truman

    I urge people to read Truman’s Wiki bio then think just how the President’s post JFK’s assassination have handled our nation’s business.

    Are there any questions? Seemingly our nation has been on a downhill only rollercoaster ride into hell itself… : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  19. sherry  February 16, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Someone suggested cuts in military spending (sounds like a plan to me), and a general whose name escapes me said if we cut military spending, there will be a shortage of bullets, MRE’s
    In other words, we can’t stop spending money on the junk we don’t need or doesn’t work. We can’t alienate Xe, KBR, et al.
    Very sad and yet the general population should be screaming to the top of their lungs, but I only hear silence.

  20. almandine  February 16, 2010 at 10:46 am

    There’s leaders… and then there’s those at the top. I didn’t want anyone getting the impression that what we have is leaders. Sorry for the harsh tone – it was meant to be illuminative.

    Cheers,

  21. sherry  February 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Stratocaster, sounds like the best plan I have heard yet!

  22. Stratocaster  February 16, 2010 at 11:17 am

    The Federal Reserve Bank only creates the Principal – not the usury or interest that it lends to the U.S. government. Therefore the usury can NEVER be repaid and the end result is foreclosure and bankruptcy

    From: http://www.reformation.org/federal-reserve.html

  23. almandine  February 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Actually, the Fed creates both the principal AND the interest every time it prints enough money to buy the next round of T-Bill/Bonds that the Treasury puts up for sale. In fact, about $2T worth of T-bonds will need to be paid off this very year, using another round of Fed dollar issuance, since no one else in the world continues to buy our debt. These open market exchanges show exactly how far from solvent we really are.

    So, YES, we are literally bankrupt.

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