The is the worst period of time in the history of the United States of America.
You hear that from someone just about every day, don't you?
If Dickens was writing A Tale of Two Cities now, he might have opened it with, "It was the worst of times and the worst of times."
Rainbows over some people's houses are gray. And it's true. To many people, this country is at the bottom of a cycle we've never known before.
Of course, historians don't see it that way, because we've been here before and before that and before that. And during each challenging time, someone declared it historically bad.
With the Olympics coming up, I recall the '72 Games and America's highly controversial loss to the Soviet basketball team. We had always won the gold medal, destroying opponents. Headlines screamed U.S. superiority was over. Now just look at the 2012 team.
The USSR beat us into space, but not to the moon and beyond. Japan was the king of the automobile until we began making theirs over here.
Is it time to give up on America? Absolutely not!
No matter what dark period we have been in, in the past we have always come back strong.
So, America, it's time! Get off your butt and let's start moving!
I'm Pat McMahon.