Decline and denial

Posted by ProjectC 

"Truth is the enemy of anyone presiding over a nation in decline. Anyone who acknowledges the truth [as Carter did] is out, because it is an acknowledgment of failure. The only other option is denial. And that can only be carried off by offering a counter-reality that is further and further removed from the actual reality facing the country."

-- Patrick Caddell, the instigator of Carter's malaise speech