Situational Unawareness

Suddenly it's clear not everyone benefitted from the era of Hope and Change. The Washington Post reports that "for the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year". Princeton economist Anne Case said  “this is singular. This doesn’t happen."

Rising fatalities from heart disease and stroke, diabetes, drug overdoses, accidents and other conditions caused the lower life expectancy revealed in a report released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics. In all, death rates rose for eight of the top 10 leading causes of death. ... Death rates rose for white men, white women and black men. They stayed essentially even for black women and Hispanic men and women. ...

"This doesn’t happen." But it did happen and inconveniently coincided with president Obama's term of office.  It was not the only disappointment in the rear view mirror . Suddenly there's news that Afghanistan may be falling, Iran has expanded its missile arsenal, North Korea has viable nuclear missiles,  Assad has come back from political death and is poised to wipe out US backed rebels in Aleppo.

The administration in its last days is now providing the press with a list of secret wars.  The president himself the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Tweeted that "on January 20th I will become the first President of the United States to serve two full terms during a time of war", without ever once revealing the definite identity of just who America has been at war with.

It is as if the actual contents on the Obama box didn't match the packaging. However it is domestic decline that appears most linked to voter frustration.  Hope turned out to be dope.  The Washington Post noted that that support for Donald Trump was highest in counties with "the highest drug, alcohol and suicide mortality rates".  It was the revenge of the despairing.

Hillary lost because people who weren't supposed to be dying registered their defiance at the polls.   Yet the Narrative could not accept the possibility they had miscalculated and continued to talk about "fake news".   The Washington Post,  Hillary Clinton and even Britain's MI6 blamed rumors from little known Internet sources not only for the Democratic defeat but as posing a serious threat to Western Democracy and public order.

Hillary Clinton on Thursday decried the spread of fake news online, calling it an “epidemic” that Congress should take action against.

“The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year — it’s now clear the so-called fake news can have real-world consequences,” Clinton said during a speech on Capitol Hill. ...

“Lives are at risk — lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days, to do their jobs, contribute to their communities.”

“It’s a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly,” she said.

"Lives are at risk," she intoned.