Optimistic or Pessimistic about America?
It will depend on the outcome of the 2012 election.


Dennis Prager

As regards the world, there are even more reasons for pessimism.

The “Arab Spring” is a product of Western liberals’ naiveté. Russia is gradually resurrecting the Soviet Union. Iran would like to start a Middle East–wide war to annihilate Israel. Europe has lost its identity and its will to survive as a distinct civilization. The welfare state is finally collapsing, and Europeans do not do well with economic hardship. With America’s premature withdrawal, Iraq may well lapse into civil war and become a satellite of Iran, China is run by amoral men who hold vast reserves of the West’s currencies and who are intent on supplanting America as the world’s preeminent economic, political, and military power.

So what are the reasons to be optimistic about America?

Many Americans are gaining clarity about the threat posed by leftism to core American values. They understand that the bigger the government the smaller the citizen; that the death of God leads to the death of objective moral standards; and that the Marine Corps, not the Peace Corps, is the greatest force for world peace. They are therefore fighting to reassert the primary American value of small government, the Judeo-Christian values upon which this country was founded, that American exceptionalism is a moral category, not a chauvinistic one, that a strong American military is the only guarantor of peace on earth, and the racial and ethnic Balkanization of America must be undone.

If these Americans win the next presidential election, I will be optimistic about America.

Unfortunately, however (I am sorry about the “however”), at the very moment that the case against leftism would have its most receptive audience in modern American history, the only Republican candidate for president who seems to have a chance of defeating the Democratic president either doesn’t perceive the dangers of leftism, or doesn’t care to make the case against it.

— Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio-talk-show host and columnist. He can be contacted through his website,


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