Damn, I miss the Clinton years.
And you'd think that after surviving the Presidency of George W. Bush, we'd be breathing a big sigh of relief. To work in a college football reference, Not so fast, my friend.
If you like thought excercises, Slate is running a weeklong series on the End of the US of A. Complete with a choose your own apocalypse widget and a flip chart forecast of the four most likely scenarios.
How does the week start? With a Katrina reference (albeit the usual inaccurate reference we've come to expect from national media figures). But in an extrapolation of internal collapse there is this truism:
If you feel threatened from the outside, you band together—rather than tear the United States apart, 9/11 galvanized us against a common enemy. The laggard response to Hurricane Katrina, on the other hand, meant that our own government became the common enemy. A long, uninterrupted series of nationwide Katrinas—and a concomitant series of bungled federal responses—is the recipe for collapse.(Emphasis mine - HR)