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Mourning our Loss

May 7, 2020

Thirty-three years ago, the late John Candy and Steve Martin regaled America in a comedic cross country journey titled “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”  Today those drivers of American commerce have been replaced  by out-of-work service employees in bars, restaurants and sporting events.

I doubt any film producer will make fun of that decline in commerce, but four or five political pollsters and “Never Trump” savants have filmed a commercial titled “Mourning in America.”

For those Americans old enough to have watched political commercials produced by Peter Dailey for Ronald Reagan’s 1984  reelection campaign forty-four years ago, “Morning in America” failed to identify the incumbent President’s political principles but, instead, emphasized improvements in the American economy.

The text of the 1984 advertisement read:

It’s morning again in America. Today more men and women will go to work than ever before in our country’s history. With interest rates at about half the record highs of 1980, nearly 2,000 families today will buy new homes, more than at any time in the past four years. This afternoon 6,500 young men and women will be married, and with inflation at less than half of what it was just four years ago, they can look forward with confidence to the future. It’s morning again in America, and under the leadership of President Reagan, our country is prouder and stronger and better. Why would we ever want to return to where we were less than four short years ago?

Click here to view “Mourning in America” that portrays the condition of America during a pandemic and failing economy.  The one minute advertisement suggests that if President Trump is reelected there may not be an America.

That we may lose our country has occurred to many tradition-minded Americans who no longer recognize the way we are today.  That America “is” for many means that we are citizens who govern ourselves, take care of those who are needy and defend our country when it is attacked.  Those of us who remember America’s post WW II-economic abundance and opportunities our parents never had worry that our fellow citizens have lost what they gained for us. That can be recovered, but not by mourning our loss.

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