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Beset by Storms – Americans Prevail. We Will Now.

americansLife is never perpetually smooth, or even close.  Waters get rough.  We are storm-tossed, turned around, at times upside down, periodically buffeted.  In times of personal adversity, uncertainty, and doubt, we feel tested.  Staying upbeat is hard, let alone confident, optimistic.  Societies are like that too.

The storm metaphor may sound trite, but is apt.  On the water, staying afloat and getting from where you are to different objectives requires awareness of changing circumstances, adjustment to obstacles, bright eyes and action as opportunities present, patience – and keeping one’s bearing.  That is where our society is – right now.

On a personal level, we know when we are ill at ease, stressed by unanticipated events, forced to make choices, rethink, double back, reverse course, start again.  All this is familiar – if disquieting.  Societies are harder to quiet once stirred – but it can be done, and often has been.

Today, we find ourselves on high seas – a resurgent wave of coronavirus buffeting California, Arizona, Florida, and Texas (together, half of cases), waves of social unrest, political fractures in our 2020 cycle.

Of course, big waves propagate, bump, build, cancel and create other waves. The “pandemic” triggered political reactions, which prompted our first “instant recession.”  Waves of “stimulus” money aimed to cancel or reduce some of our economic uncertainty.

Likewise, reduced interpersonal contact – to mitigate the rippling virus – led to successive waves of innovation in remote work, learning, and commerce.  New ways of learning emerged, K to graduate.

Recent spikes in social unrest – peaceful protests to pro-socialist violence – triggered reduced support for police. Reduced support has eroded police morale and retention, spiking crime across the country.

Police retirements are up 400 percent in New York, shootings up 130 percent year-on-year. Los Angeles has seen a 250 percent jump in homicides, 56 percent in shootings.  Seattle witnessed a 525 percent increase in crime.  Across the country, successive waves of unrest buffet public safety.  Seas are rough.

In short, our society is experiencing – on top of political acrimony – layers of economic and social insecurity, which leaves everyone ill at ease and continues to challenge political leadership on all levels.

So where is the good news?  There is some – and it is worth seeing.

First, we are a flexible, adaptive, largely free, and resourceful society.  Americans are can-do and prove this over and over.  If uneasy with sudden change, new burdens, unexpected inconveniences, and rethinking our options, we still do it – almost reflexively.

Americans seem hardwired to think out go-forward strategies, escape routes, workarounds, new ways of doing what must be done without excuses for not doing it.  In some ways, the average citizen is better at this than our uncoordinated, uncooperative, often pampered political leaders.

Give an American a problem, and he or she will typically find a way to solve it, reasonably fast.  Thus, if we must work from home, interact with masks, reprogram for self-distancing, find ways to support our oldest, accommodate our youngest, we do it.  In maritime terms, we navigate shoals, trim sails, reset rudder, and go with the flow.

Second, while these waters seem uncharted, we have been here before.  Americans have long been experts at crisis management, often because we tend to put off until crises what must be done.  We have a knack for focusing on the moment, assessing, and managing stacked waves of uncertainty.

While all this seems new, Americans have weathered far more, compressed into tighter time blocks.  Unprepared for wars, including WWI and WWII, we did what we had to do.  We mobilized on a dime, deployed, resolved to win, and did – decisively.  We re-stabilizing America and the world.

Likewise, in periods of social stress, from our founding, through tumultuous post-Civil War reconstruction, international communist pressures, Great Depression, Civil Rights battles, violent 1960s, 1970s, and post-Vietnam era, we have pressed ahead for the far shore of stability – our compass clear.

On occasion we hit shoals, faced internal bitterness, gave way to mutual recriminations, but we have always re-found our ballast, recovered in full – and pressed for the right balance of freedom and peace.

On public health, we have also been here.  While 125,000 died from COVID-19, more than 675,000 died from the Spanish Flu in 1918.  In 1957, the “Asian flu” killed 70,000 Americans, probably more.

Between July 1968 and late 1969, as Americans beat the Soviets and put men on the moon, we suffered the “Hong Kong flu” pandemic, which killed more than 100,000 Americans.  Vaccines took a year.

Interestingly, Americans somehow managed widespread social unrest, including bombings by the communist Weather Underground, Black Liberation Army, and socialist groups, the Vietnam War, three assassinations, national protests, urban riots, and Hong Kong flu – never shutting down our economy.

While federal spending jumped under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, President Kennedy did what Reagan and Trump did – he cut taxes, triggering an economic surge.  US growth jumped from 2.6 to 6.2 percent between 1961 and 1963, holding near 5 percent as we landed on the moon.  Again, we are a resilient, make-it-happen nation.

Bottom line:  Yes, current waters are rough – for individuals and societies.  But resilient individuals and societies prevail, and Americans are resilient.  It is in our nature.  It is part of what we have learned to be, self-reliant, undeterred by adversity, prepared to work hard, defend freedom and prosperity.

So, here we are.  Beset by another pernicious virus, buffeted by new unrest, pausing for some introspection, managing an unruly election, and navigating economic, safety and morale issues, we will prevail. We always have, so long as we stay upbeat, confident, and cognizant of our history.  Storm-tossed maybe, but seasoned.  And now is when seasoning counts.

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28 days ago

The only really dangerous epidemic to hit this country is TDV, Trump Derangement Virus especially in cities and states run by Progressively Communist Democrats! These Jackass Politicians are so infected that they would destroy their local and state economies if it will help keep President Trump from re-election. I fear we are headed for Civil War and because so, We the People who cherish our American ideals and traditions must not allow this Communist Minority to be successful in their takeover of our lives and freedoms. No Politician should have the power to shutdown one’s livelihood. It should be the… Read more »

27 days ago

I just viewed a video named “The most deadly virus” This virus is communism. It is worse than the Covid-19 virus. The communism virus has killed millions. As US citizens and Amac readers we must fight this virus with all the might we have. May God help us in this fight. If you have an opportunity to view this video, please do. We must stay awake and fight for our freedoms.

R.J. from Arizona
27 days ago

This was a great article but missed an important part. I remember the riots in the 60’s but never, never have I seen local leaders, city government, state governors and national politicians sit back and watch cities burned and do not lift a finger to stop it. Have Never seen movement to do away with police departments. The former Democratic party is an embarrassment and national disgrace, but worse is the fact the local people in those localities have done nothing to stop it.

Elena Tellez
27 days ago

This article gives great historical perspective and hope. We are under siege by communist/socialists. I hope the Democrats realize their party has been hijacked by the radical left, which we must overcome if we are not to become another Venezuela, Argentina, Vietnam, China, Russia, etc. This isn’t about Rep vs Dem or Trump vs Biden — this is about survival of our republic. Forget personalities. Look at the candidates histories’ and what they are capable of doing in the future. One will be a communist puppet. The other will make America great again. Amen.

David Spade
27 days ago

I am very glad that I live in America! I know we have some “deep thinkers” who can help us get out of this political and anarchist funk. I think the media has to seriously think of their role in our country and just report the facts. Their absence in this discussion is deafening. The deep state is the other issue that has to be considered right now. Without significant change in the media and the deep state, this will be an uphill battle for many years.

27 days ago

COVID-19 is bad but even in a State like CA, there are zip codes that have virtually none. We had a Moving to AZ garage sale and I ask over 100 people if they personally knew someone who had tested positive for the virus. Only one guy knew someone. He said it was a couple who had traveled out of the country an brought it back with them. If it wasn’t for state ordered closures, people in my area would not be affected. P.S. the stock market is doing great‼️

27 days ago

Thank you for the pep-talk! We are a Nation of “seasoned” people, and WE WILL PREVAIL. WE WILL FIND OUR BALLAST. Keep praying for our President and for a change-of-heart and mind for progressive politicians.

Rodney Ernst
27 days ago

Rik, amen to that. Can’t be said any better. My biggest beef is that so many people are swallowing the pill of socialism. I talked to a guy that said he was chatting with someone that said, we need change, and it was not about Trump. She wants Biden. What!!!! Don’t people realize what Biden and the Dems. are wanting! May God help us if this election goes way left. President on down to Congress. If this happens, it’s all over.

27 days ago

This push for a revolution started during Obama’s presidency in Ferguson, Missouri. Now it seems there will be revolutionaries whose full time job is looking for opportunities, a list which is increasing every day. When a crack appears they show up (who is buying their tickets?) and start destroying property and using awful epithets. These must be well paying jobs. I just doubt there can be genuine unrest considering the conditions and the press of people wanting to come to this country.

LuCi Bennett
27 days ago

More people need to read this! Many have allowed themselves to get overwhelmed, lost & in fear because they have forgotten how resilient American Citizens are. The faces & circumstances may change, but our perseverance prevails! We are, as American Citizens, educated in our history how our Forefathers fought to make, & KEEP our Country free as well as support our base, The Bill of Rights & our Constitution! The People just need reassurance that their Country is there for THEM as well as the other way around. These Governors & Mayors who haven’t adhered to the “Rule of Law”… Read more »

Donald Nichols
27 days ago

All my life I have talked to and listened to my elders and how they grew up in the beginning of the 1900s.Much of what I have heard is how they made it in life without all the give away programs they did not have.All my WW2 vets in my neignborhood are gone now but I will always remember the stories.Today is much easier to survive more then ever and we abuse our freedoms.We are no doubt going in the wrong direction because money has been our number one thing.Most have forgot the rest.

Stephen Russell
27 days ago

Agree overall BUT what if Pres NOT re elected IE data fudged so Dems win?
& or Deep State ruins elections.
Then see crisis rise more.
Or how Deep State & Dems ruin America more after Pres win?
Unless public rises up IE Rev/Civil War 2.
FREE US from DC bureaucracy.

27 days ago

It will take much more than conservative think tanks to save our country. If you are a true Patriot and you believe in our Constitution and everything it stands for, STAND UP. SPEAK OUT! DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELVES TO BE SILENCED. Just do it.

27 days ago

Excellent and encouraging

Art A
27 days ago

Life experience is not a straight line. Tough times pass. Tough people endure. There are obviously several pressures on our society today. Some of these issues are real and some are created by those who wish to change this country to their view of utopia. To survive and continue to thrive we must stop the “useful idiots” on their quest. Faith,involvement,and the power of the ballot box are several answers. God Bless the USA.

Brenda Blunt
27 days ago

Oh good grief! All I can say is that America must rise up and prevail! Enough is enough!!

Carol A. Landkamer
27 days ago

This is by far the best article I have read in months!! Thank you for expressing what many of we Americans know intrinsically…by the Grace of God, we will survive.

Carla H
27 days ago

That was a wonderful article! It really hit all the hotspots of what is going on today and reminded us of what went on before and how we handled and got through it. This is the worst I have ever seen politics so divided. We have some truly evil people in power in this country. I hope and pray that the general public will elect to get rid of these people when their terms are up or impeach them and get them out sooner. Nancy Pelosi is coming up for reelection. I sure hope she does not win.

John A. Fallon
27 days ago

The main reason the socialist/dems want open borders is to bring in socialist supporters from other countries and then help them to vote ILLEGALLY and that is the only way they can get elected, I have no problem with LEGAL imigrants, we are all sons and daughters of imigrants, the only differance is illegal imigrants come here to destroy not work and have a better life, the politicians like pelosi, schiff, nadler and the rest of these traitors need to be REMOVED FROM POWER, and then prossecuted for thier crimes.

dino deplorable
27 days ago

There are entities out there working to destroy AMERICA and its not only BLM or antifa or soros or the nobambas or the clintstones or the liberal,socialit dense oc RATS,its ALL of the above and the real AMERICANS really need to step up and stop these criminals.Its not too late,but it is very close.These entities would destroy AMERICA just to destroy President Trump and the AMERICANS that support him.I think that you liberal,socialist dense oc RATS really should be very careful what you wish for.

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