Folks who are describing the present recession seem to delight as Obamanomics definitions become the "worse crisis since the Depression." And years ago we defined recesion as when your neighbor lost his job but a depression is when you lose yours.
The other definition of depression is staring us in the face these days and if it hasn't hit you yet, it will at least give you a glancing blow.
In reading a magazine put out by a religious order the other day the juxtaposition of two articles really hit this nail on the head. The first was a very liberal review of a new book about JFK's assassination with the accompanying opinion piece touting how Kruschev really was a peaceful guy who was cooperating with Pope John XXIII and JFK on peaceful overtures. (Gag me with a spoon.)
The next article was a short fiction piece about a hero from WWII which was predicated on the "greater love hath no man than to lay down one's life for his friend." My take: no amount of peaceful talk will eliminate the evil in the world and we really need to "trust but verify" and have the power to repel evil activity
to keep all but the most fanatic of terrorists at bay.
Today's WSJ spoke to the growing number of suicides in the military and of course the most obvious cause is repeated tours of duty in the mideast and the consequent stress on families, foreclosures, divorce all the while trying to do your military assignment. You can see where this is going.
The other day I mentioned observing small children and feeling sad about their futures. Putting all these subjects together makes me think that there isn't enough Prozac or Zanax in the world to make us happy again. That same magazine noted that we can live 3 minutes without air, 3 hours in severe conditions without shelter, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food and 3 months without hope. I presume these are all averages, but some are going to hit the 3 month wall pretty soon now.
And if things continue as they have been since January 19, who is going to predict that May 1 will bring a lot more than May flowers? Maybe, just maybe the Tea Parties on April 15 will make Obama take notice and at least listen to the loyal opposition. It was just too scary to see the mob mentality expressed in Connecticut and New York re the AIG bonus situation. We can hope this is the darkness before the dawn. Perhaps this Lenten season is bringing us to the eternal hope of Easter.
Again, God bless, we need it..........