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Is it fall for America?

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Fall leaves are expected to be very vibrant this year in Pennsylvania, although they will change color a week later than usual.

It is appropriate. Very little is “normal” this year.

According to Merriam-Webster, “autumn” is “the season between summer and winter comprising in the northern hemisphere generally the months of September, October and November.…”

Autumn is also defined as “a period of incipient maturity or decline”.

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. The fresh air and the vibrant colors fill me with calm.

At this time of year, I reflect particularly on my life and my future, but I also reflect on our country and its future.

The political discourse and basic civility are getting worse day by day. Just follow the news – if you can handle it.

Our massive federal government shows massive incompetence on a host of issues – the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the southern border, the gigantic spending bills – yet a growing number of voters seem to think that a larger government. tall and socialist is a great idea.

America’s systemic optimism is reaching new lows as the majority of us believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Is it really fall for America? Have we reached a period of maturity and a beginning of decline? I hope and pray that it will not be so.

I have long believed that you should never bet against the resilience, ingenuity and productivity of the American people. But at this time of reflection of the year, I admit that I feel growing unease about the future of our country.

It’s best if you try to focus instead on the many pleasant events that fall brings: hay walks, hot apple cider, and the entertaining haunted house spots that have resumed operations after they closed by covid the year. last.

It’s best to marvel at the creativity and hilarity of the characters and costumes that people come up with for their annual Halloween party – the only social event, or at least it was, that adults can. really fun.

When it comes to characters and costumes, I increasingly identify with the “strangest” character from the 1960s sitcom, “The Munsters”.

The Munsters are a family of silly monsters: Grandpa, an eccentric vampire; his daughter, Lily, also a vampire; her husband Herman, a Frankenstein monster; their son Eddie, a werewolf.

The Munster who is the eccentric of the family is their niece, Marilynn, who is considered straightforward and unattractive by Munster standards because she is a normal and attractive woman by traditional standards.

With so many supposedly normal figures in Washington trying to pass the biggest government spending bill in U.S. history, you may feel like an eccentric to suggest that some of the bill’s measures are far too drastic and far too costly.

In fact, fewer “weirdos” Americans – people worried about the country their children will inherit – are willing to share their thoughts in public.

According to a 2020 Cato Institute survey, 62% of us say we have political views we’re afraid to share – with good reason.

The survey finds that “50% of strong liberals support the dismissal of Trump donors, 36% of strong conservatives support the dismissal of Biden donors, and 32% fear they will miss out on job opportunities because of their political views.” .

Freedom of speech has long been the very foundation of our country, but a majority of Americans are now afraid to exercise it?

This sad fact has become the new normal in America.

And it’s a lot spookier than the spookiest haunted house someone will walk into this fall.