Souring gas prices. Fears of rising inflation. Hordes of unemployed.

 

Portrait photograph of 39th President of the United States of America, James Carter

Jimmy Carter Then

A President over his head and considered weak by enemies and allies alike around the world.Don’t like what you’re seeing in today’s headlines? Don’t fret. Those were just some of the concerns from the late 1970s.

The more things change the more they stay the same. History repeats itself. It’s déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra would put it. Those phrases stay in vogue or become revitalized because we never seem to learn. But actually, we do learn . . . eventually.

Our current economic woes have caused some observers to remark that our plight is the worst we’ve seen since the Great Depression. It’s really the worst we’ve seen since the late 1970s. And we got out of it — with an economic boom that lasted a couple of decades.

Just as President Carter agonized over double-digit inflationand unemployment rates, the energy crisis, and insurmountable chaos in Iran, President Obama apparently has his hands tied with fears

Barack Hussein Obama the 44th President of the United States of America

Obama Today

of stagflation and sustained unemployment predicted to last for years, escalating gas prices, fanatics in Iran and upheaval throughout the Middle East.Progressives are now faced with damage control, even resorting to calling Obama a “conservative,” exactly what some liberals tried to do with Carter as the 1980 election approached.

Campaigning for Sen. Ted Kennedy’s run against Carter during the 1980 primaries, watch and listen as Carroll “Archie Bunker” O’Connor compared Jimmy Carter to Republican Herbert Hoover.

By November 1980, the American public had enough and sent Ronald Reagan to the White House. Under President Reagan, shifts in economic policies kept inflation under control and gas prices stabilized. Unemployment rates went from 10 percent to single digits, steadily dropping with occasional fluctuations for the next 25 years. Reagan’s tax cuts helped the stock market skyrocket through the 1980s and 1990s.

Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States of America and arguably the finest President to serve in 20th Century

Ronald Reagan

Reagan even threw in the destruction of the Soviet Union for dessert. While communist insurgency spread throughout Central America and Africa during the 1970s, it suddenly fell to a complete standstill. Reagan was re-elected by a landslide in 1984 as the country once again felt good about itself.

Will it be déjà vu all over again? Do we need another Reagan? Perhaps we need somebody different. Times change. The country may have needed an FDR in the 1930s and a Reagan in the 1980s. We may benefit from someone with the proper vision and leadership skills to carry us through the 2010s. Fear not. When federal leaders fail, the American people succeed.

The Key to Success and Good Health

 

Positive thinking is contagious and can produce encouraging results for society at large and in your personal life. The negativity and fears

Positive thinking is the key to success and good health and is symbolized in this picture by a hand holding a key to sky with sunshine gleaming off the key.

The Key to Success and Good Health

brought on by ominous news events often get transformed into favorable and optimistic behaviors. This occurs in widespread fashion. Even the too-often negative movies from Hollywood take a positive turn with such inspiring films as “The King’s Speech,” “The Grace Card” and last year’s “The Blind Side,” a best picture nominee that won an Oscar for Sandra Bullock as a strong and determined mom.

 

It’s no wonder. Positive thinking not only boosts healthy attitudes and outlooks, but it also results in people’s physical improvements. Just as negativity places obstacles in a person’s ability to overcome adversity, thinking positively generates optimism to affect mental health and well-being.

A positive thinker deals better with everyday stresses in life and copes productively with hardships. The Mayo Clinic recommends putting a positive spin anytime negative thoughts arise. Instead of thinking things are going to get worse, switch your thinking to ways of accomplishing tasks and having faith in those around you. This optimistic view changes your behavior and the reactions of people you know to help improve situations. It even plays a part in spreading good thoughts to trigger a chain of hope and cheer.

Some experts theorize positive thinking can ward off serious diseases and even the common cold by boosting the immune system. Though not yet proven, some studies provide evidence. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin analyzed the antibodies of subjects given flu shots during a 2003 study. The volunteers were given tasks that caused negative emotional reactions. Researchers found increased activity in the region of the brain that weakened the subjects’ immune response to the vaccine.

Pictured is a reverse black and white sign reminding you that you can do only what you think you can do.

You Are Able to Do Exactly What You Think You Can

Other studies have found people with optimistic views have better functioning immune cells than those with negative views.

People who suffer from anxiety or depression improve with the help of therapy that focuses on positive thinking. Psychotherapy teaches patients to turn their negative thoughts, which often spark depressive moods and anxiety disorders, into more positive thinking patterns. They learn to understand what causes their negative feelings and how positive emotions bring about better views on situations and improved behavior.