Krauthammer: ‘People are talking about American decline — don’t believe a word of it’

Over the last few years, with an economy in decline and the rise of certain developing nations, there have been murmurs of the end of American exceptionalism throughout the media.

Don’t believe a word of it, says syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer.

On the Christmas Eve edition of Fox News Channel’s “Happening Now,” Krauthammer was asked to reflect on the last two years. He explained there was similar rhetoric about the nation’s decline at the end of the 1970s.

“Well, I think this is mostly a reflection of the recession,” Krauthammer said. “The mood of the country going back 20, 30, 40 years, almost always reflects the state of the economy. The late ‘70s was a period of malaise. People were saying oh, the American era is over. The big dictatorships in the world are going to dominate us. That was a reflection of the terrible economic conditions, the stagnation and the inflation late ‘70s.”

With the 1980s, however, the economy came back and the calls of the end of the so-called Pax Americana went by the wayside. He predicted the same would happen this time around.

“When the economy recovered in the ‘80s there was a morning in America,” he continued. “So I would not over-read the move. People are talking about American decline — don’t believe a word of it. We are now in a recession. It will be over. There are signs the economy is strengthening. When this economy is back on foot you will not hear these lamentations.”


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  • votersofny

    Obozo is a one-term president. It’s not because the moron voters won’t vote for him despite how he has destroyed this country single-handedly, it’s because he will not be able to show any of his personal papers, including his birph certificate. They’re not going to let him get away with it a second time.

  • theprofessor

    I fail to understand how some of you come to the conclusions you did from listening to this clip of Krauthammer. All he’s saying is that when the economy is bad, so goes the attitude of people. When the economy is good, the attitudes will improve. How, from that, do you come up with him supporting Obama’s policies and being a RINO? That’s absurd.

    • clw

      They must be referring to a strict Republican platform. When reading Krauthammers bio I learned that he was intially a liberal (weren’t we all, in our youth?), and has since, moved steadily right. However, according to the bio I read, he is pro (or at least tolerant of) abortion? That’s sort of a RINO bent. Though I don’t necessarily believe half of what I read regardless of source). He appears to be very conservative to me, however.

  • sunnyr

    Looks like Comrade Obozo is still bowing to every minor world leader and tin pot dictator on the planet. Is it 2012 yet?

  • theslowrider

    First of all, Charles is an atheist, so everybody keep that in mind when listening to him. And second, if he doesn’t believe that Obama, Reid, and Pelosi have hurt this country, he hasn’t listened to any of the common people like ME! I would bet that all the people Charles talks with in D.C. and NYC are making a GREAT living off the taxpayer. Times for them are better than ever. He’s starting to get on my nerves.

    • progun

      So if one is atheist his opinion doesn’t matter? Not that I’m arguing that Krauthammer isn’t a complete douche. But with comments like this you’re alienating a lot of people who share the same opinions as you on the role of government. Liberty knows no religion dude, and as an atheist I’d be proud to stand at your side and fight the Marxists in DC right now. Regardless of what you worship.

    • thephranc

      So the opinions of people who don’t have imaginary super friends are void?

      Some how I’d rather listen some one who isn’t foolish enough to believe in fake gods.

  • pepito

    Sorry Charles but I just don’t buy it. You’re 2-4-2 buddy… first you call Obama the “comeback kid” and now you’re saying this is a cycle things. You’re losing your credibility ole bean…

  • bgarrett

    Mr Krauthammer wants me to believe something that I can clearly see with my own eyes not to be true.
    Doesnt he know what happened to Detroit? see detroitinruins
    Is he unaware of whats happened to California and my hometown?
    Hasnt he been on the forums where everyday ordinary Americans describe their machine shops closing and selling the presses, Bridgeports and lathes for scrap?
    The steelworkers and sheetmetal forums where they say there are no employees under 52 years old?