Reading the news today is maddening. My gosh, I have never seen such gloomy, sky is falling, markets are crashing and ice is melting news.
It's almost enough to make me retreat to the hinterlands but thanks to the media, I know that's where the crackers cook meth and farm land in central Illinois (Indiana?) sells for $5,000 per acre.
Of course, you can't leave the country. First of all there's no where to go really and secondly, NOBODY likes us anymore. Americans are persona non grata all over the world except maybe Singapore. We are told that in middle eastern elections, being associated with the US is the kiss of death for any candidate. Okay, so go with the fundies, see how you like that. The anti-Americanism touches even our exchange students who are grilled by the German teens in their Fatherland.
The British have blown it in Basra and the old news about missing weapons has been trotted out by someone to counter the good news that the surge may be working. Now, we must ask ourselves "Exactly what did Nouri al-Maliki have to say to Mr. Ahmadenijad during his visit to Iran this week?" Hmm. They were awfully chummy...
Meanwhile, over in Afghanistan, the Brits have asked that our Special Ops people be withdrawn from Helmand province because they're "bombing too much." Hard to win hearts and minds that way. Over the ridge, our good friend and ally General Pervez Musharraf has his hands full politically and is taking fire from all sides.
Further west, in the middle east, Hesbollah is rearming and the UN Peacekeepers just keep watching it all happen.
Then there's the gangster, Putin and don't forget China and the bad news drones on and on. If we can bear with it until November 2008, we just might weather this bad news environment.
I'm predicting that if a Democrat is elected President, these gray skies are gonna clear up and the media will put on a happy face. We'll being hearing nothing but "Happy Days are here again."
Okay, okay, I give up! I can't take it anymore. Just hold the damn elections already!