If you are (frightened, worried or scared) you’re not alone. Anyone who is under the age of 60 has never encountered inflation as high as it is today. Nor have they ever thought about food shortages, empty grocery shelves or product delivery delays (often as much as a year or two).
According to this article, which first appeared in The NY Times (click here) America’s voters are not merely unhappy with their political leadership, but awash in fears about economic security, border security, international security and even physical security. The return of fear about crime is especially worrisome. Fear of a great power conflict and nuclear weapons has emerged in ways not seen since the Cold War. People are afraid of being walloped financially, being injured or menaced by criminals, being in a country without strong borders or Covid protections for immigrants, and being under threat of nuclear weapons.
Wow! That’s a lot of things to be anxious about.
There’s more. Americans haven’t been scared like this in a long, long time according to The NY Times opinion piece (click here):
These economic blows are just one element in a cascading set of problems all hitting at the same time. It combines the nuclear anxieties of the 1950s and ’60s with the inflation threat of the ’70s, the crime wave of the ’80s and ’90s and the tensions over illegal immigration in the 2000s and beyond. This electorate is not experiencing a malaise, as President Jimmy Carter was once apocryphally said to have proclaimed, but has instead formed into a deep national fissure ready to blow like a geyser in the next election if leadership does not move to relieve the pressure.
The return of fear about crime is especially worrisome.
There isn’t much we can do, IMHO. We’re all vulnerable under the whim of President Biden, who, in my opinion is a complete nincompoop. But it isn’t Biden’s fault so much…it’s the people who knowingly put him in charge and knowingly have come to realize that Biden hasn’t got a clue as to what he is doing or what he will do in the future. Yet these same people do and say nothing! How can a country, such as the once great America, have a nincompoop leader in charge of our lives? How did this happen? Who really is stupid now? Them or us?
The daily news doesn’t even talk about inflation or the rising costs of almost everything on the planet as much any more. The Biden Administration is still following some green agenda that Planet Earth is ill prepared for and nothing anyone says or does can dissuade him off this disastrous course. What then, are We The People supposed to do? There are so many people out there hurting and suffering and yet nothing is being done about them. How can any of us stand it? I know I can’t.
The only solution I have is to mind my own financial health and to help those in worse shape than myself. If something bad should befall me, would I even have the police on my side to help me out? In other words, we’re on our own. I try as I might to be kind to everyone I meet. Because that’s what Americans need right now. A little bit of kindness and understanding. And help.
As I was waiting online to buy deli meats for my husband’s workday lunches, the customer in front of me was sitting in a wheel chair. He placed his order and the deli assistant put them on top of the high counter when done. It didn’t take a genius to see that it was impossible for the man in the wheel chair to stand up and reach his order. Without missing a beat, I proclaimed that I would get his order and I gently placed them in the man’s front basket bin so as not to bend them or crumple them. Food is very, very important to people right now. The man went on to order one more thing: roasted red tomatoes and mozzarella cold salad. Again, the deli clerk placed the finished order on top of the high counter. And again the man in the wheel chair couldn’t reach the container. No problem, I said. I’ll get it. And I did. I told the gentlemen in the wheel chair that the salad looked delicious and I wished him a good day. “Enjoy!” I said.
I know that man was glad I helped him and I was glad that I was able to help him and bring a smile to his face.
When I got to the meat department, I ventured over to the sale section. Porterhouse steaks were on sale @$9.99 a pound (still too expensive). London Broils, however, were on a good sale @$5.99 a pound. An elderly couple were looking over the assorted weights and sizes. The wife was disgusted and walked away. The man persisted. “Excuse me?” he asked me. “Do you know anything about how to buy meat?” Very happily I told him I was an expert in beef and that my husband loves London Broil (sirloin). I showed him how to buy it (must have a little bit of fat for flavor) how to marinate it and how to cook it. He wanted to cook it on top of the stove in a pan. I told him I liked it broiled under the oven grill. He looked perplexed. “Cut it in half” I offered him a solution. “Try it both ways and see which way you and your wife like it. Then you’ll know for the next time.” We discussed the marinade a bit more, then he waved me good bye and joined his wife.
I know beef is super expensive right now. Especially for the older crowd. Please, if you are asked a question or for guidance, take a moment and help people out. If you don’t know the answer, tell them so and if you have time, look it up for them on your cell phone. In any event, be respectful and kind to almost anyone you meet. I will repeat it again: we people need kindness right now. A kind word. A kind gesture. Respect. Any nicety would be well accepted. And probably needed. If you see that someone needs help, offer it to them. Hold open a door. Help a mom or dad burdened with children. I’m certain you will make their day.
BTW, I bought two porterhouse, T-Bone NY Strip Steaks. In the ‘old’ days, hubby and I ate one each. This time around, we’re splitting one steak between the two of us. Hubby will eat the main part. I’ll have the filet. Doggie will get the bone. Everyone in my house will be happy. There’s enough suffering going on in the world. We don’t need any more.
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