It seems a slow morning here at Flares. Well, whatever and anyway, let's go somewhere.
I was doing my normal checkin at Instapundit and my eye got caught on his 7:15AM post. In it he linked to Mickey Kaus and Ann Althouse. The entire linky-loop more or less revolves around the articles Upbeat Signs Hold Cautions for the Future in the NYT (you may need to register, Idunno) and the WSJ Pouting Pundits of Pessimism (see Idunno stuff above and, in case you couldn't guess, that's the one from which I purloined the title I used).
Due to some interruptions I've lost track of where I wanted to take this (if I ever knew). The Nabobs of Negativity, and they seem to be like hordes of Flying Monkeys these days, are really irking the heck outta me. What is wrong with these people? Yes, there's a war on but we're winning it. It couldn't have been won already and it can't be won tomorrow or next month. We're winning - that should be enough to be something other than relentlessly pessimistic. Yes, the economy is not perfect and there are some things to be concerned about. But overall the economy is doing remarkably well all things considered. Yes, there have been natural disasters - a tsunami, earthquakes, hurricanes - but these things happen when one lives on a spinning, molten rock hurtling through space. They've happened before and life goes on and, oddly enough, generally improves despite the difficulties.
What the heck are so many people so freakin' all fired pessimistic about?
The Great War and Modern Memory
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