I'm not old enough to have experienced the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 though I've seen a movie or documentary or two on the subject. I could only guess at the fear that Americans felt during the weeks of the standoff facing a nuclear holocaust.
I was in my teens in the 1980's when the movie "The Day After" aired. The plot was about a nuclear confrontation between The United States and the now defunct Soviet Union. What was truly frightening to my adolescent mind, was the fear entrenched on the character's faces as the fictional chain of events unraveled until the missiles were finally launched. I had never been so disturbed by what I was seeing...so scared for my life and those who I loved and cared about as I was in the days after that movie's airing.
Not until the past week.
The fear entrenched on the character's faces in that movie mirrored my own.
However any of us may lean politically, doesn't everyone agree that there is something wrong to engage in mutually agreed destruction (the debt ceiling) only to pull during the last hours.
I don't have ALL the answers. I don't have ANY of the answers.
I just don't want to experience these feelings of frustration, helplessness, and most of all...dread that I have.
I just needed to vent. Thanks