John Podhoretz keeps the faith. I think it would be smart to follow him.
Has the nation that produced the Greatest Generation now become the nation that produces the Lives of Julia instead?
I don’t think so. Pessimists in the late 1970s learned a lesson they might be in danger of forgetting now: It never makes sense to bet against the American ability to bounce back, to reconstitute the nation’s strength and ingenuity after a period of retrenchment and a grave failure of national confidence. We’re not Julia yet. Even eight full years of Obama won’t be enough to rewrite the American character.