Is It Autumn for America?
The autumn leaves are expected to be extra vibrant this year in Pennsylvania, though they are changing colors a week later than is normal.
That’s fitting. Very few things are “normal” this year.
According to Merriam-Webster, “autumn” is “the season between summer and winter comprising in the northern hemisphere usually the months of September, October, and November.…”
Autumn is also defined as “a period of maturity or incipient decline.”
Fall has always been my favorite time of the year. The chilly air and vibrant colors fill me with calm.
This time of year I become especially reflective about my life and my future, but I also reflect about our country and its future.
Political discourse and basic civility grow worse by the day. Just follow the news — if you can bear it.
Our massive federal government is demonstrating massive incompetence on a host of issues — the Afghanistan pull-out, the Southern border, gigantic proposed spending bills — yet a growing number of voters seems to think a bigger, socialistic government is a dandy idea.
America’s systemic optimism is hitting new lows, as a majority of us believe the country is heading in the wrong direction.
Is it really autumn for America? Have we reached a period of maturity and incipient decline? I hope and pray it isn’t so.