by Lee Hamilton
When next you see a news story or commentary hyping a pessimistic view of America’s future, keep this in mind: Our people possess strengths in abundance. Our society has a resilience. Our government may act slowly, and often it’s well behind where we’d wish it to be, but it does act. We are one glum country. Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us. And just a few weeks ago, an NBC/Wall St. Journal poll found that the one thing Americans agree upon whatever their race or circumstances is that the system is stacked against people like them.
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