The Darkest Time in American History

Via The Daily Bell

The darkest time in American history.

I saw someone refer to the Trump Presidency as “possibly the darkest time in American history.” I’ve heard some iteration of that many times from people still in a frenzy over the Trump Administration.

I’m not a big Trump fan. I wasn’t a big Obama fan either. But their presence in office did not and does not hang over my life like a dark cloud. They really aren’t that important.

Yes, they have the ability to make life more difficult for many. It is unfortunate that any politicians have that much control over our day to day lives.

But the darkest time in American history?

What do you think? Perhaps almost 60,000 Americans dying in Vietnam was a darker time. Or maybe when Hitler’s armies rolled across Europe, Japan surprise attacked Pearl Harbor, and 400,000 American soldiers died World War II.

For Japanese Americans, FDR’s presidency was likely a darker time, as they sat in detainment facilities. Their crime was having Japanese ancestors.

In 1918 the Spanish Flu swept across the globe killing at least 20 million people worldwide, 675,000 Americans. At the same time, soldiers were coming home from WWI blinded by chemicals and mutilated by bombs.

And that is just going back one century. American history also includes the Civil War, slavery, and the Whiskey Rebellion.

Anyone who thinks Trump’s Presidency is the darkest time in American history is a poor student of American history. And I must assume their lives are pretty amazing if this is the worst they have ever felt.

Have a little perspective.

Trump has done plenty wrong. He has picked some terrible people for the Federal Reserve Board. His personal life, “locker room talk,” and Twitter feed is questionable best. Some people think he is a Russian Manchurian candidate… we will have to see how that pans out.

But hyperbole does not help the cause.

Look at where it left the global warming alarmists. They wanted to reduce pollution, which is a noble cause. But they lied about the goals, they lied about the causes, and they exaggerated the timetable. It’s the classic boy who cried wolf.

There is also plenty about the USA to improve. There is too much regulationtaxes are way too high, and personal freedom is threatened.

But your day to day life should not be overshadowed by Washington D.C.

Yes, it is hard to keep Trump off your mind with the 24-hour reality-tv coverage. So turn off your tv, and go for a walk.

I get frustrated when I am paying taxes and waiting in line at the DMV. But it only affects me as much as I let it.

Breath in, breath out. It is all going to be okay. They can only control you as much as you let them.

Yes, they physically control me by forcing me to hand over half my income. But it is not worth it to resist, and go to prison, or die fighting.

Do I want it to change? Yes. Do I do what I can to promote freedom? Yes.

But one thing I will not let the government control is my mind. I can be happy regardless of what they do to me.

I used to be paranoid about the government. Obviously, some of that paranoia is well founded. They do monitor communications and disrupt online discourse. They do violate rights. They are oppressive in many ways.

But those are not things I can readily change. I can protect myself, and I can try to show others how to change things for the better. But I can’t control everything, and I can’t control others.

The people who think they are living in the darkest times in American history because of Trump allow the government to control their thoughts.

I’m not pretending I am Buddha over here. I still get upset and frustrated. But if there is one thing that has freed me more than anything else it is control over my own state of mind.

I sincerely hope the future is bright. And I honestly think it will be. I really think the power of free individuals will overcome the collectivist control that has marked humanity throughout recorded history.

But no matter how dark things seem, I intend to never let an outside force control my mind.

Comments

TeethVillage88s Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:47 Permalink

Where are the Jobs man. I see a Trend here from at least 1979, loss of Bread Winner Jobs, failure to create bread winner jobs at a rate consistent with Prime Working aged Population Growth. Today we need like 200K new jobs per year, and failed from the early part of the Financial Crisis for many years. Plus it is easy to see Money Stock Velocity Crashed while the cost of living and Inflation rose with deflating of the WRC. Globalism seems to trace back to 1971 or even the Budget Deficits of the US-Vietnam War (Back when we took old Economics, Budgets, and Trade Deficits seriously)

- Trend is against the US Worker, Trump played on that to get Elected, but no one is really discussing the use of slave labor to take away US Jobs, nor all the corrupt gaming of the system by Corporate Leaders
- Where is the Honest discussion about the problems with the end of US Protectionism in 1944, WTO, and Globalism
- Where is the Honest discussion about rising Debt & Credit, Stewardship of US Assets, Stewardship of WRC
- Where is the Honest discussion about the losers in our system as inflation slams them in the face and makes them dependent on a future of welfare and shut out of the very expensive prospect of starting a business... as business dynamics provide advantages to older and larger businesses over the younger businesses... and of course complexity grows daily it seems increasing the costs of doing business

Personal current transfer receipts: Government social benefits to persons: Medicaid (W729RC1Q027SBEA)
Q3 2017: 583.351 Billions of Dollars,
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/W729RC1Q027SBEA

Government social benefits: To persons: Federal: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (TRP6001A027NBEA)
2016: 65.421 Billions of Dollars,
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/TRP6001A027NBEA

Government social benefits: To persons: State and local: Public assistance (A1596C1A027NBEA)
2016: 637.345 Billions of Dollars,
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/A1596C1A027NBEA

Total Consumer Loans Owned by Federal Government, Outstanding (TOTALGOV)
Nov 2017: 1,141.6663 Billions of Dollars,
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/TOTALGOV

- USA's Future is not at all what Revolutionaries wanted, our future is more like what British Lords had in mind for us, hard work for us, our wealth extracted, Trade Goods providing great profits for the wealthy

Money
http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/mult (High was 1987, Up to Date, but looks like Crap, .769 is all)
http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/M1V (High 2007, M1 seems to increase with Mortgages)
http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/M2V (High 1997, M2 seems to show different bubble perhaps)
http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/MZMV (MZM seems to show peak in Economy 1981)

https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/M1
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/M2 ($13.8 Billion)
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/MZM ($15.2 Billion)
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/MZMNS

Negative - 780 Billion Trade Balance

http://www.economist.com/node/21604509

- What about the Growing Gap between the Poor and the Wealthy? Trend is clearly getting worse.

Income Gini Ratio for Households by Race of Householder, All Races (GINIALLRH)
2016: 0.481 Ratio, Not Seasonally Adjusted
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/GINIALLRH

- What about Pervy Spying on all of our Background Data, Selling our Background Data, Private Spy Agencies every where, Out of Control State Spy Agencies, plenty of grist to blackmail our judges, politicians, workers, careerists, media talking heads, best newspapers, powerful news cartels,... or just you and me as we use social websites or our smart devices (Not yet protected by the right to be free from Govt Quartering in your private home or work place)
https://www.projectveritas.com/2018/01/15/hidden-camera-hundreds-of-twi…

lasvegaspersona TeethVillage88s Mon, 01/15/2018 - 21:28 Permalink

The Jobs are where the cheap labor is. As long as we have the reserve currency we'll continue to lose jobs. Robert Triffin saw that 60 years ago. It is why we have had a negative trade balance for the past 40 years. As central banks stop buying our debt (with the money the have from our negative trade balance) then you'll see jobs return. The sorry part will be the wages. They'll match the level paid in other countries of similar technical abilities. America's future is as an equal player on the world stage. We'll do OK but our life of easy living due to easily borrowed money will end.

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GotAFriendInBen JibjeResearch Tue, 01/16/2018 - 04:07 Permalink

None of those piss poor countries aka countries without central bank printers or capitalism, will ever buy US goods unless they are made cheaply enough

Can't do that without slave labor, irresponsible regulations, and/or automation

So unless US workers are ready to be slaves/unemployed and US wants to look like a toilet, it's not worth trying to compete

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BidnessMan TeethVillage88s Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:45 Permalink

Millions of jobs are in China, Viet Nam, Singapore, Southeast Asia, and the former Russian colonies in eastern Europe.  And 1,000,000+  H1B software developers from India and Pakistan are in Silicon Valley and the rest of the Left Coast.

So 1 billion + job seekers who used to be outside the range of the US Economy are now inside.  Supply exploded.  Demand for strong backs only did not.

That is where the breadwinner jobs are.

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house biscuit Peter41 Tue, 01/16/2018 - 03:53 Permalink

I’d say the process & results of machine voting in this country is the opposite of ‘abundantly clear’

These clowns are selling baby parts, blowing up dark children, spraying us with horse tranquilizers & stealing from future generations

You don’t think they’re diddling the vote?.......

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New_Meat house biscuit Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:31 Permalink

Detroit had  the recount stopped when the fraud became too evident.  NH "students" who used the "same-day-voter" process but then reneged on becoming residents, Philly precincts with more votes than total population, Al Franken gets elected when they vote counters mysteriously find extra ballots in the trunk of a car.  Non citizens voting from Boston to San Fran.

Yep, diddling the vote.

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Kayman Walter White Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:28 Permalink

Walt

You are the clown- grab a mirror. People voted for Trump on the hope of ending corruption. We shall see.

You don't need to see the pile of shit government employees and politicians try to feed us- most people can smell it a mile away. Keep on trolling though, you fucking DNC clowns on ZH were once amusing, now your are repetitive and boring.

K

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Deep Snorkeler Mon, 01/15/2018 - 21:29 Permalink

Trumptopia

1. we live under The Genius known as Trump

2. we own the world's largest corrupt military ever

3. our country is a nationwide amateur pharmacy

4. populated by uneducated hordes who own guns

 

cheech_wizard ReturnOfDaMac Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:48 Permalink

The snorkeler already made his first mistake. He chose to engage.

The rest is just gravy for me at this point.

Surprisingly, the first time i heard of "Stormfront" was on ZeroHedge. Some of you are extremely bad influences, like the smell from a skunk trapped in an outhouse.

Lately I've been working on this project where I record the times of "individuals" here on ZH to see if I can't spot the people using two aliases to play stupid games. Working out rather well so far. Work just got some "freaking awesome software" that is chock full of statistical awesomeness.

Standard Disclaimer: Now ask me why I drink...Or ask the other INTJ's that frequent ZH.

 

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Kayman Deep Snorkeler Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:34 Permalink

Snorkel

5. and our edjicated masters are all corrupt, feeding off the sweat of the working poor, monopolizing the airwaves, talking down to the plebes.

Many of the dumbest fucks I have ever met got themselves a collig degree. But can't do basic math nor write and spell.  When using a calculator they don't even have enough sense when they are out an entire decimal point.

The US economy would thrive by producing our own stuff, employing our own people, and using bilateral trade to fill in the rest.

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passerby Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:13 Permalink

I have never seen a time of more light. Wonderful light is ever more revealing it has always been a dark time hiding behind a false narrative.

helloimjohnnycat Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:53 Permalink

Moronic paw-draggers need to attempt walking straight upright.

Learn to read, understand more.

Help is out there, and encouraged for those determined to learn.

Operative words = help & encouraged.  Root word is " courage ".

 

 

 

Mustafa Kemal Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:55 Permalink

"But no matter how dark things seem, I intend to never let an outside force control my mind."

If you can do that, you indeed are well -it is the Buddha's way.

RKae Mon, 01/15/2018 - 23:54 Permalink

I'd certainly say this was the darkest time in America's history, but not because of Trump.

It's because I saw a video about a 10-year-old drag queen named "Lactatia."

 

kareninca Tue, 01/16/2018 - 01:22 Permalink

I'd say the darkest time in U.S. history was the Tuskegee Institute experiments.  Knowingly letting poor black men die of advanced syphillis, when treatment was available.  I can't believe that it happened into the 70s, then I was a kid.  It doesn't get much worse than that.  Even our droning wedding parties is peanuts in comparison.

whatisthat Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:36 Permalink

I would observe more doom porn and propaganda here....really, get a grip on yourselves.  Your life is what you make of it - nothing more or less.  Have some self reliance.