Many people are having a difficult time these days, and it is really sad. They feel that America is falling apart. But this is nothing new. America is a sad country, always has been. The happy face we put on hides the sorrow that is our lot. I'm not trying to be funny here. I think it's the way we are. Read Hawthorne and Melville. Reflect on the Puritans. Recall the enslavement of African Americans and their continued scapegoating. Contemplate the displacement and extermination of Native Americans. Recall the carnage of the Civil War.
And yet: We have an African-American President who was just re-elected, and after only 200+ years of struggle, significant numbers of women have arrived in Congress.
Of course it's taken too long, and the job is not finished. We really are at the beginning of something, not the end. It's very exciting. What I wouldn't give to be young now. I'd get a law degree and go into politics! Or maybe become a journalist!
As it is, I am looking forward to real change for the better in this battered land of ours.