Americans have gone from a CAN DO attitude to a IT CAN'T BE DONE attitude
I think you need to get some historical perspective. Early after the great depression began there was a surge in the communist movement in this country. Fortunately, FDR was a staunch anti-communist and I do recognize we may not be able to say the same about the person who presently is our US president. Huey Long, a populist on the far left fringe, was rising in the polls and appeared destined to either give FDR a run for his money in the upcoming 1936 democratic primaries before being assasinated in 1935.
We will get past this and we will see a rebirth in America. There will come a time again when parents believe their children's futures are bright and that government is too big and spends too much and will provide the needed check and balance again.
I am more convinced the spark will relate to our ability to become energy independent. It changes our politics radically. We need a republican who recognizes that we do not have to ever spill blood and spend treasure on the middle east beyond maintaining our agreement to protect Israel. In other words, a republican that recognizes we can significantly cut defense without hurting our defense because past priorities relating to oil can now end.
This energy revolution will result in many new manufacturing jobs but they will not be mass factory kinds of jobs. But they will be jobs just the same. Today's technology and lower energy costs are reinvigorating the textile industry but you need a lot fewer people to run the textile plant of today.
Chemicals, plastics, by-products of oil and natural gas, will create even more jobs and the ability to export all of these items will create even more export-related jobs.
The seeds are being planted for this and we may have to go through four more years of liberal government nonsense before the people realize that Obama was nothing more than a "tin god"... lying about the purpose of health reform and causing health insurance costs to explode. Let's see if come NOV 2014 the republicans gain the senate because the health insurance price increases that will occur in 2013 and 2014 will show Obama and his HHS secretary Kathleen Sebilius were flat out liars with regard for the direction of healthcare insurance costs.
I will remain an optimist since most if not all of the wealth I lost in 2008 has been restored by staying long and strong in the energy infrastructure trade.