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Pat McMahon

Isn't every day the worst in American history?

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.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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