The Glass is Not Even Half Full

By Joe Darby

Allow me to repeat my headline from above. The glass is not even half full. And I don’t see anybody getting ready to pour more water into it. If anything, people are fighting so much that they’ll probably knock the darned glass onto the floor and break it.

Of course you can tell what I’m getting at. The old saying as to whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist is guided by whether you see a glass as half full or half empty. Seeing it as half full means you think things will be alright. Why, we have half a glass of water, don’t we?

If you perceive the glass as half empty, you’re looking on the gloomy side. My gosh, we’ve lost half a glass already. What happened to it?

So, continuing this metaphor, I can say I wish the glass were half full. Indeed, the water level is down and dropping fast, I fear.

I’m talking about the state of the world and most particularly this old beloved country of ours. Last week I wrote about how one can make a good case that God saw to the creation of this nation by causing extraordinary weather conditions that aided George Washington and his Continental Army in battle.

But it may be that the Lord has tired of helping us out, that because of our continued follies He’s just leaving it to us to try to work out our desperate problems. I don’t know.

But in my 80 years of life I have never seen this country so divided, so misguided, so confused. So self-destructive. Our politics have not been so bitter since the 1850s — the years just before the outbreak of the Civil War. I don’t foresee the country breaking out in organized warfare, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see us, maybe 10 or more years down the line, splitting into two or more countries. Being very close to turning 80, I’m probably not going to be around to see it. Thank God.

For a nation of some 330 million people, our leadership is non-existent. Out of all those people the best we can come up with is Trump and Biden? One’s a dangerous egomaniac and the other is an incompetent bumbler who tends to keep kowtowing to the extreme left. Compare that to the 1770s when we had a population of 3.5 million. That small group of humanity produced Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, Hamilton and dozens of others who worked so hard to form the United States.

And the extremes of our political spectrum are getting more extreme all the time. The far left truly hates our nation, the Constitution and all it stands for. They are distorting history to make it fit their version of a myth, that the US is founded on racism and all white people are guilty.

The far right has become incredibly intolerant and, following Trump’s example, often insulting, crude and rude. After the Trumpies attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, I changed my registration from Republican to Independent. I would truly love to see the formation of a good moderate conservative party, devoted to the ideals that we were originally founded upon. But I don’t see that happening. Like I said, there’s not enough water in the glass.

Now, Covid is coming back with a vengeance, which bodes to further split Americans on what restrictions are necessary and which ones should be required. We have all talked about what a horrible year 2020 was. We are still just in July of this year and 2021 may yet turn out to be just as bad.

Well, I hope I haven’t ruined your day, particularly if you woke up in a really good mood this morning. I may be all wrong. Things may turn around. There may be lots more water available for the glass.

But I ain’t counting on it, my friends.


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