american optimism

The biblical story of the Golden Calf goes like this: Moses answers God's call to climb Mount Sinai to receive the two tablets of the Ten Commandments. He stays on the peak for forty days to hear God's instructions.
American voters usually award the White House to an optimistic candidate. Not in 2016.
Americans, both the "99%" and the "1%," need to focus first on what's going right with our country and then develop plans that embrace our shared values and common hopes and dreams.
(A correction has been upended to this post). Meanwhile, U.S. households are growing increasingly concerned about their finances
As we remain mired in two costly and endless wars, and emerge from the Great Recession, the timorous have taken control. Our national debt is far lower a burden than it was after World War II, but our deficit in confidence is far higher.
Americans remain an optimistic lot. Across all ages, races, sex, location and economic background, Americans are expressing a sense that their individual and collective action can and will move the world forward in a positive way.
Given the battered economy, increasing joblessness and collapse of the housing market, what is the state of the American