The United States of Anxiety

@suziecat7 (3389)
Asheville, North Carolina
March 20, 2017 3:10pm CST
I don't care who you voted for - that's up to you. But I have to say that in all my years I have never seen the American people so uptight. There is a seething underlying angst in the atmosphere. Sure, we've had our times of tribulation and unrest. We've had our social revolutions and turning points. We had Vietnam and Nixon. Our leaders have faced impeachment and terrorism. There has been both chaos and resolution. But there's something different going on here. People are loudly and screechingly uncomfortable. The definition of anxiety is " a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome" (Oxford). I am seeing this around me both in person and on social media platforms. It's not good. I do hope things settle down soon.
There's something happening here What it is ain't exactly clear There's a man with a gun over there Telling me i got to beware I think it's time we stop, chi...
14 people like this
15 responses
@amadeo (78385)
• United States
20 Mar 17
You got this right.Trump mouth is so big.He does not know when to shut the blank up.I detest this man.How could anyone voted for him. He is not going to do anything.I wish that Sanders was running against him.He would have done it.Trump is a dump.Bite me
5 people like this
@bunnybon7 (37915)
• Holiday, Florida
20 Mar 17
true. Hillary would have been just as bad a choice. we had no one for us this time. every president we have had since Reagan has put us on a downhill slope that just keeps going
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (122679)
• United States
20 Mar 17
@bunnybon7 So true. Hillary would not have been the better choice.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (122679)
• United States
20 Mar 17
It is funny, we could not even watch Obama on TV due to him disgusting us. Hillary did the same and we had to change the channel when she was on. I suppose to each his own, and each person has different reasons to be disgusted by a candidate. We will never get a president that all like, but it sure would be nice if we did.
1 person likes this
@Paljas (146)
• South Africa
20 Mar 17
Mmm... did the American get it completely wrong this time?
3 people like this
@suziecat7 (3389)
• Asheville, North Carolina
20 Mar 17
Could be.
2 people like this
@bunnybon7 (37915)
• Holiday, Florida
20 Mar 17
have since Reagan
• Eugene, Oregon
20 Mar 17
Definitely wrong this time and Reagan was a real Turkey in my book, bad actor, poor Gov of Calif and lousy Pres. Obama was great, as was Clinton. Even W Bush was better than this wanna be Musslolini now.
3 people like this
@TRBRocks420 (85830)
• Banks, Oregon
20 Mar 17
Yeah, it honestly sucks, for me we went from becoming a better America, to now going backwards. I still have no idea how Trump is our president it's completely mind boggling.
3 people like this
@suziecat7 (3389)
• Asheville, North Carolina
20 Mar 17
It boggles my mind as well. We need to raise the bar.
1 person likes this
@AmbiePam (50422)
• United States
20 Mar 17
No race or gender is happy, and that seems rare. I just believe things will get better. Really good things can come from dissatisfaction and unrest. But we don't have to have any unrest if we all start being mindful of each other. The bile from the media and politicians last year seems to have made every day people think they have a right to behave the same way. I don't want to ever lower my standards to the level of the media and politicians. I have a book called "The Age of Anxiety". Perhaps I should read it!
2 people like this
@suziecat7 (3389)
• Asheville, North Carolina
20 Mar 17
The book would be apt for this time. Thankfully there are still good people and that makes all the difference.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (122679)
• United States
20 Mar 17
I think the media, sometimes right and sometimes wrong, has done its very best to stir things up this time around.
2 people like this
@suziecat7 (3389)
• Asheville, North Carolina
20 Mar 17
The Twitter storms certainly haven't helped.
1 person likes this
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Mar 17
because some how smart Americans vote d in as President a man who can be very dangerous for us.
2 people like this
@suziecat7 (3389)
• Asheville, North Carolina
20 Mar 17
It's been a mess for sure.
@MALUSE (45933)
• Uzbekistan
20 Mar 17
Hopefully, this feeling of anxiety doesn't explode.
2 people like this
@suziecat7 (3389)
• Asheville, North Carolina
20 Mar 17
Let's hope not. It feels that way sometimes.
• Otis Orchards, Washington
22 Mar 17
I try to stay out of political discussions. But here I feel the media is doing their best to keep people stirred up. I watch the news on PBS then switch to the regular news and I'm sometimes shocked at how many facts are left out of the regular newscasts. It reminds me of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in where they show a newscast that has nothing bad in it then they change it so it sounds like the worst news you ever heard. For some reason I keep thinking about Roosevelt's words: There is nothing to fear expect fear itself. This country has been through a lot in it's nearly 241 years and survived. I'm sure it will survive this.
1 person likes this
@suziecat7 (3389)
• Asheville, North Carolina
23 Mar 17
Unfortunately PBS is being cut out of the new budget. Yes, we'll survive I'm sure.
1 person likes this
• Otis Orchards, Washington
23 Mar 17
@suziecat7 Yes, if that proposed budget gets through Congress. (Another thing PBS made clear that it is only a proposed budget where the regular news made it sound as if it was the final budget.)
• United States
21 Mar 17
Don't expect it will settle down until someone is impeached.
1 person likes this
@suziecat7 (3389)
• Asheville, North Carolina
27 Mar 17
I hear ya.
1 person likes this
• United States
27 Mar 17
@suziecat7 or he gets so fat he ...well, you know how that sentence would end.
1 person likes this
@marguicha (106045)
• Chile
20 Mar 17
I´mm watching with interest the outcome.
1 person likes this
@suziecat7 (3389)
• Asheville, North Carolina
20 Mar 17
I imagine it is interesting to watch from outside this country. Not so much from within :))
1 person likes this
@marguicha (106045)
• Chile
20 Mar 17
@suziecat7 We can do nothing but watch.
1 person likes this
@jaboUK (55159)
• United Kingdom
21 Mar 17
I don't follow politics much, but haven't been able to avoid seeing what you are talking about.
1 person likes this
@suziecat7 (3389)
• Asheville, North Carolina
27 Mar 17
It's a mess.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (141451)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar 17
Those are the vibes I'm picking up too. No-one seems to really know what is going on.
1 person likes this
• Eugene, Oregon
20 Mar 17
That song has been much on my mind since November. It is definitely an uncertain time. I even watched and old 1964 movie about an attempted cup, "Seven Days in May," Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. There is no way for our current dear leader to unite this country.
1 person likes this
@suziecat7 (3389)
• Asheville, North Carolina
20 Mar 17
Uniting this country is going to be very difficult now. I've been humming that song for awhile now too.
1 person likes this
• United States
20 Mar 17
@suziecat7 America has become so willing to believe what will happen according to others that it has stopped considering the possibilities.
1 person likes this
@suziecat7 (3389)
• Asheville, North Carolina
20 Mar 17
I think people just want to relax a bit.
1 person likes this
@bunnybon7 (37915)
• Holiday, Florida
20 Mar 17
i sure hope so too. this is just tarring our country down. why do people no longer understand Lincoln or is it God's saying of 'a house divided can not stand"? we are becoming a divided nation and that could end us.
1 person likes this
@suziecat7 (3389)
• Asheville, North Carolina
20 Mar 17
It's awful and, you're right, it could end us.
1 person likes this