In our opinion: America's best days are still ahead

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  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    June 28, 2019 8:46 a.m.

    Future days will be so different from today's days that there is no comparison, or true way to compare. Even simple things like what is happiness will be a total different judgement. In the short term it may be chaos, but in the long eternal term like everything it will be cosmos.

  • Carbon Dioxide Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 27, 2019 1:55 p.m.

    Sure some things in America are improving but I don't think this means that overall America's best days are ahead of it. That is the optimistic view but I don't think its an objective view. Our debt is up pretty much in all areas. We can expect more taxation in the future. People are desiring bigger government to control our lives to spare us from issues from climate change, health care, education, ect. As government expands power, it only leads to less choice and less liberty.

    Sure on the social front there is a little less drinking of booze but any kids are addicted to their phones. The younger generation is having a harder time understanding the difference between male and female. Even those who lived in caves thousands of years ago knew what a man and a woman was. I won't get dive too much into the budding industry of sex robots but its coming people.

    So yes there are good trends in some areas but lets not kid ourselves. All nations rise and fall at some point. Sometimes the truth is the best days are behind us. Tell a 85 year old that their best days are ahead of them and they will not believe you. The facts just don't bear that out.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    June 26, 2019 8:51 p.m.

    America's best days are still ahead...

    that's another way of saying, when you've hit rock bottom politically, there's only one way to go, and that's up!

    Anyone But Trump 2020!

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    June 26, 2019 2:15 p.m.

    @Shaun - Sandy, UT
    June 25, 2019 6:35 p.m.
    N8aive American

    "I would say trump is a divider. The economy isn’t on solid footing. Take away crazy house inflation and Americans primary source of wealth is negative."

    Sorry, but Obama was the true divider. Pitted Blacks against Whites, Non-Christians against Christians, Blacks against the police. Basically dividing any group against another constantly. During his reign was the greatest separation the parties causing each to move farther apart than since the Civil War.
    Obama will go down in history as the greatest divider of this nation. Trump only exposed it.

  • F Alger Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2019 7:09 a.m.

    If you mean, have it better than previous generations to mean have more "stuff" like cars, bigger houses, electronics etc. I am not so sure, I think more of the world is going to clamour for resources and the U.S. is going to have to get used to doing more with less.

    I am more concerned with climate change and how that will affect the world than anything else. It will certainly polarize regions and cause massive migrations of people. Think Syria was bad with 4 - 6 million migrants, now imagine 100 - 200 million migrants on the move.

    The only way I see to block gridlock is to impose term limits on legislature. There is a massive disconnect in executive and legislature. Executive branch wants to move forward with things and the legislature sees no rush, they can stay in power for decades making a career out of "representing" their constituents. They would rather wait out the opposition in the White House than work with them.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    June 25, 2019 6:35 p.m.

    N8aive American

    I would say trump is a divider. The economy isn’t on solid footing. Take away crazy house inflation and Americans primary source of wealth is negative.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    June 25, 2019 6:33 p.m.

    @Shaun "Socialism isn’t something that is being considered by any major candidate"

    Apparently you are not paying attention to what the Democrat candidates are advocating and freely admitting. It is not "my opinion", it is what Bernie Sanders calls himself.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 25, 2019 5:52 p.m.

    I might add We have not had a major war in over 75 years. We saw the crumbling of the Soviet union occur without war or strife. We have improved economic relations with your major foes such as China and Vietnam.

    I think all these things point to the fact that we, as a nation, have used restraint and diplomacy in a very positive meaningful way.. we just need to remember these things before we threaten another country.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    June 25, 2019 3:57 p.m.

    "In our opinion: America's best days are still ahead"

    Really? Prophecy is against you.

  • Sky King , 00
    June 25, 2019 3:37 p.m.

    Unless the world deals with climate change quickly and robustly, I’m afraid that no country’s best days lie ahead.

  • Nosea Forest Grove, OR
    June 25, 2019 3:28 p.m.

    Why would Moroni admonish us, those of us living now, to "awake to a sense of your awful situation" when secret combinations dominate in our society as he foresaw? His vision must have been wrong if everything is sunshine and roses in our future, as articulated by this opinion piece and many of the comments.

    If it is going to be sunshine and roses, then obviously "all is well in Zion," as Nephi, another ancient who saw our day, described the general attitude. This opinion piece and many of the comments certainly align with this view, that "all is well." Many would do well to read what was written after the "all is well in Zion" philosophy was prophesied.

    We are not going to fix massive corruption and plundering in our society if the masses continue to go on thinking everything is just great, when clearly the opposite is true to those who have eyes to see around them a bit.

  • Unreconstructed Reb BE, 00
    June 25, 2019 1:37 p.m.

    Sorry, I'm too jaded at this point by what I've seen that fellow citizens are willing to excuse, tolerate, or ignore out of political expediency and how easily they are led to believe that the other side is evil.

    Faith in American exceptionalism isn't going to get us out of this mess. Nor will the belief that just because we've always managed to find our way out of messes in the past, we'll magically do the same now.

    America's best days may be ahead of us still. But when people accuse me, a person who has served and sacrificed on behalf of my country, of hating it because I subscribe to a different political outlook than they do, I think it's going to take more than empty platitudes to get to that point.

  • mountainlocal Brooklyn, NY
    June 25, 2019 1:18 p.m.

    Vanceone:

    Crazy conspiracy theories don't offer concrete ideas or solutions. They simply play an inflated version of the blame game. I challenge you to stop listening to media "news" or propaganda for an extended period of time and see if life seems more peaceful and fellow countrymen as less of a threat.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2019 1:05 p.m.

    If the D news would assess Donald Trump for once it would express less optimism. Why the kid glove treatment?

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    June 25, 2019 11:22 a.m.

    Once we got Obama out of office things have greatly improved. And now with Trump trying to correct Obama's bad leadership things will only get better. That is if we can keep the far left socialists out of office. Unfortunately, that is about 95% of the Democratic politicians running for office.
    All the division created by Obama and the Democratic party will be hard to overcome though. Another 4 years of Trump should go a long way to resolving that.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    June 25, 2019 11:21 a.m.

    "Another 50% believes America is evil and wants to fundamentally change it. They want to switch from the proven success of free-market capitalism to the proven failure of socialism.
    One can only wonder why?"

    No, I don't think any of us believe America is evil. But we do realize that parts of it, and some of our "leaders" may well be.

    And we are smart enough not to fall for the all or nothing propaganda that tries to portray "socialism" as the destroyer of "capitalism." We realize that virtually all successful countries are complex mixes of the two. BOTH have their place if we are going to realize the best potential of the American Dream.

    Standing alone, both of them will likely destroy us.

    What is needed is Wisdom, not Absolutism.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    June 25, 2019 11:18 a.m.

    Ridal

    Taxation isn’t socialism. In order to have honest debates we can’t haphazardly throw around labels.

    Socialism isn’t something that is being considered by any major candidate

  • mountainlocal Brooklyn, NY
    June 25, 2019 11:14 a.m.

    RiDal:

    That is simply, categorically, untrue. And that thought process is honestly part of the problem. It takes an 'us vs. them' mentality, where fellow countrymen become enemies.

    While some may favor tenants of socialism like universal health care or education, I've never heard of an all out abandonment of free enterprise in favor of government production.

    On the flip side of the coin, people in Utah and the U.S. at large are the recipient of government aid or socialism. Did your kids attend private or public school systems? Do you pay tolls on roads while driving to work? What about libraries, city parks, police departments, Social Security, etc?

    I am optimistic that America's best days are ahead. The idea of America is amazing. That doesn't mean things have been done perfectly and that improvements can't be made.

    Thomas Jefferson: "...Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made... institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times."

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    June 25, 2019 11:13 a.m.

    America still doesn't have a decent way for half it's citizens to get healthcare and even worse, they can't afford it.
    Until we get serious about healthcare for everyone, no, the best days aren't ahead.
    As long as the government is locking children in cages, no the best days are not ahead.
    As long as the man in charge* wants war on the other side of the world, with a country who is not a threat to the United States, no the best days are not ahead.
    Things can turn for the worse very quickly. We're definitely at a low point for this country.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    June 25, 2019 9:44 a.m.

    "Ideologically divided?"

    Yes. It seems that we have about 50% of the population that believes America was a pretty good idea and our values have brought us enormous success.

    Another 50% believes America is evil and wants to fundamentally change it. They want to switch from the proven success of free-market capitalism to the proven failure of socialism.
    One can only wonder why?

  • BlueMoonOden Hinckley, IL
    June 25, 2019 9:26 a.m.

    EmmanuelGoldstein1984 - Salt Lake City, UT
    My optimism derives from the fact that the younger generations, who are gradually taking more and more political power, are significantly more progressive and liberal than us aging codgers. Surveys show that they are more openminded, more attuned to social justice, more environmentally conscious, etc.

    Yeah sure just like the 60s. Everyone thought the younger generation was going to change the world. When we finally pulled out of Viet Nam it was like the younger generation disappeared and eventually became the Yuppies.

  • BlueMoonOden Hinckley, IL
    June 25, 2019 9:16 a.m.

    Are you kidding? America is split like never before; our politicians refuse to work with each other; and of our declared presidential candidates save Joe Biden are fighting to be as far left as possible and turn America into a socialist country The list goes on and on. Trump will be out of office in another year but the chaos will continue . Sorry to be so pessimistic but I don't see any rainbow on the horizon.

  • Eponymous Eggplant Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2019 8:51 a.m.

    "What is needed now, especially heading into 2020 debates and elections, is an affirmation that Americans still have a say in determining legislation and political representation — indeed, that they own the political system."

    That's quite indicative of the insularity and political bias of the DesNews editorial staff. What do you think Nov 2016 was? It was exactly that, an affirmation that Americans still have a say in determining legislation and political representation, instead of party and system being imposed on us by agents of the adversary.

    Clinton's rigging of the DNC primary and her (and Obama's) weaponization of our national security apparatus were among the greatest threats ever to our democracy. The affirmation we seek (a follow-on to the glorious triumph of Nov 2016) is to see the perps indicted, tried, and incarcerated, as the facts dictate.

    Americans can be more optimistic about the future when rampant political censorship ceases. Yet, do we see the DesNews reporting on the latest political censorship scandal (Google)? Of course not, because the DesNews is complicit.

    Stop the political censorship!

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 25, 2019 8:46 a.m.

    America has had its dark days before. We can rise to the challenge. But sometimes we are more than a little slow in figuring out what changes need to be made. America finds its best self only when we find ourselves in a state of crisis. That is a pity.

  • SC Matt Saline, MI
    June 25, 2019 7:34 a.m.

    In all of the good things that the researcher mentioned, most of them are more related to individuals doing what's good for themselves, and being allowed to reap the benefits of good choices.

    The rule of law, and the protection of private property, is the basis for a just society.

    It's only after property is protected that people can invest in the kind of technology and facilities that allows for the great strides we've made in productivity, and thus also the standard of living.

    And when the base standard of living is higher, people have hope. They have hope that they can go to college and get a good job. They delay having children until they can provide for them. The stay away from drugs, because of what those drugs do to take you off the path of self-reliance.

    Of course, not all will follow the proven success path. Some will wander. But to "rescue" them and provide them a standard of living equivalent to others who work and sacrifice is not a proper solution

  • one old man MSC, UT
    June 25, 2019 7:32 a.m.

    Yes, our best days really ARE ahead.

    But we have to get trump out of the White House first . . .

    We must Make America Sane Again.

  • EmmanuelGoldstein1984 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2019 7:02 a.m.

    Yes, despite current dangers such as Trumpism and relentless global warming, I too am hopeful about this nation’s future. My optimism derives from the fact that the younger generations, who are gradually taking more and more political power, are significantly more progressive and liberal than us aging codgers. Surveys show that they are more openminded, more attuned to social justice, more environmentally conscious, etc. if so, we’re putting our future in good hands!