After the Party is Over

After the party is over, there's a let-down feeling. The kitchen is a MESS! There are spent drinks here and there, leaving rings on the living room furniture. We slump in our chairs, hoping everyone has gone home, and checking the bathtub, just in case some inebriated soul got left behind, we wearily wend our ways up the stairs to a well-deserved rest.

What America is experiencing now is the after-the-party letdown. The party is over, folks. Gone are the days of America, riding high, wide and handsome, as the last remaining superpower after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

From Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia:

"A superpower is a state with a dominant position in the international system which has the ability to influence events and its own interests and project power on a worldwide scale to protect those interests."

Which is a sort of cumbersome way of saying that a superpower county (like the United States used to be) can march around the world carrying a great big carrot in the form of economic incentives, and a great big stick, in the form of the most highly developed military and weaponry in the world, getting other countries to fall in with its agenda.


The United States is no longer in a position to dominate in world affairs. The sooner we realize that, the better. And the sooner we realize that this IS NOT A BAD THING, the better.

We need to extricate ourselves from getting further overblown globally. We are already globally overextended, sending too many much-needed jobs and resources OUT of our COUNTRY. The push to be a superpower, the race to win the arms race, the male ego chutzpah dictating foreign policy in the last five decades, has seriously wounded our domestic stability and productivity and has not, in the long run, helped our economy one bit.

So what if we aren't a superpower anymore? A good hubber friend of mine, Sweetie Pie, said in a comment, that it might be a GOOD thing, NOT to be a superpower, or words to that effect. She put the idea in my head. (So, if you like this hub, thank her, and if you don't like it--it's all SWEETIE PIE'S fault--just kidding.)

She's right, though. Let's think about it. What happens after the party is over? Well, there's a let-down feeling (we have that) , a sort of hangover (we have that, too, and it's called DEBT); but then we recover, sleep in, get well again, and move on. We clean up the mess in the kitchen. We pick up all the empty glasses. We wipe the rings off the living room furniture. We put the deflated balloons out in the trash.

Let's start cleaning up after the superpower party. Let's get our own, domestic, United States kitchen in order once again. Let's bring the jobs back home; let's preserve and develop our own resources for the benefit of our own people. Let's start working on paying down the debt.

Only spoiled, whining babies keep mourning the party after January 1. Let's just face it: party's over, roll up our sleeves, and take care of our own backyard.

Doesn't that guy in the chair just look SLAUGHTERED?
Doesn't that guy in the chair just look SLAUGHTERED?

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment, ahorseback. Sure, I'll run...make sure you vote for me!

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ahorseback 5 years ago

Yeaa , Paradise you just wrote our new foreign policy papers. Will you stop horsing around now and run for president ! We need your leadership .......come on! You can do it!.......:-}

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment, Big John.

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WhatBigJohnThinks 5 years ago

I unfortunately have to agree. In the days of "chests out, shoulders back, and heads held high" are over. But maybe not for ever. For every great challenge that this great nation has found itself faced with, the people have risen up to its challenge. This hopefully will be seen as our newest shining moment to insure prosperity. We have it to do. Our way of life is being assaulted by those individuals and countries who do not agree with our capitalistic system. A form of Socialism is being thrust upon us and we will push back as Americans. Through the years of our very existence matters of daunting magnitude have attacked our way of life. The fact that we live in a free country today is a testiment to our fortitude and sheer will power to fight and overcome. So agree I will, but stand for it I will not.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York Author

We should, you're right, Gypsy Rose. A lot of us don't even know our neighbors. I like your vision of people coming together to help each other so much. Thank you for the comment.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Perhaps America should start by beginning to think small town. City by city neighbors coming together, being friends and starting to help each other the morning after. If Americans could call each other friend and not fight one another or kill and maime I think the healing procss could begin.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks,'ve just perfectly extended my extended metaphor!

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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

Paradise, well-spoken...Yeah, maybe it's good that the party is over...the party was full of swank bravado, and boasting guests and people who stood in the dark behind the swimming pool anyway...the food, the drinks, the music was not enough. Time to face the new day.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you so much for your comments, Phil and Jo. I agree wholeheartedly.

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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

Paradise7 you are too much! You are so correct in this interesting hub. I think it is a bunch of crap and I am so tired of bone head and his ideas! yikes!

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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

Indeed, if only leadership would recognize this and institute policies accordingly. A gentle but planned descent would be so much more pleasant than a chaotic one.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you for the comment, Sunnie Day. That is just so true; no one stays on top forever. The wheel turns. We have to deal with that.

Sunnie Day 5 years ago

What great thoughts here..but you are so right..quit whineing about the what if's and start living, planning. I am sorry to say but there is not one person or establishment that can stay number one is the circle of life..we learn to have humility and thankfullness again by starting over, regrouping, picking up pieces..we may have forgot that as a nation..Our vets in America it is our time..

Thanks Paridise,


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment, Sweetie Pie. You've just suggested a constructive start for cleaning up the kitchen. Thanks again for the idea, to begin with.

Thanks for the comment, sofs. You are so right--the problem is global, now, and gets intricate because countries are so economically intertwined in the global marketplace.

Josh, thanks for the comment. We do have more women in positions in power, but (forgive me for saying this, please) evidently not ENOUGH women.

Thank you scarytaff for those kind words.

Nicomp, I must admit you made a valid point, there. Women have enough of a voting presence to change things from within the system, if we could take our blinkers off and get involved.

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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

"the male ego chutzpah dictating foreign policy in the last five decades..."

Elected by women.

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scarytaff 5 years ago from South Wales

A great analogy, No.7. You're dead right.

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.josh. 5 years ago

Wonderfully written, Paradise, and sadly too true. I absolutely agree we need a greater balance of men and women in office, though that does seem to be the direction things are going.

Those Tea Party ladies however, I'm not sure they're what we're looking for...

Well done, really great hub!

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sofs 5 years ago

Interesting hub and thanks sweetie Pie.. :) Well it is clean up time, but are we ready for it??.. not just America.. Globally too, it is clean up time. Are we ready to clean the mess that we have made of this world. Thought provoking!

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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

Very good analogy about the party being over, I remember how they always used to say life in the US seemed like a party everyone wanted to join. Now the growing economy is China, but I think we can still have a decent quality of life here, even if we are not the leading world power. If companies start producing things here again, we really could. I do not expect that to happen for certain, but the solutions to the problems would much easier if people just wanted to give up making the most money they can. Of course this would mean less profit for those who like to play war and outsource. All we can do is try to buy locally as much as possible, and support companies with better records on this.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment, and the compliment, Naomi. I really think we could at least salvage something, domestically, if the high officials let go of a lot of hubris and greed, all at once. The chances of that happening? Well...

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Naomi's Banner 5 years ago from United States

Well said paradise7, pride goeth before a fall and we have fallen. The question is can we get back up and move on?

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you, Carl. I'm very flattered because I've noticed you are a person of taste!

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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago

Very beautifully written hub. One of the best I have ever read. Voted Up, and Interesting.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment, Der Meister.

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Der Meister 5 years ago from Virgo Supercluster

Power, ambition, money, and corruption do not care about what sex someone is. They will got after anyone.

Escapist films and fantasy series for me as well.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Hey Mega, go watch some escapist films--that's where I'm going, too. Enough gloom and doom for one day, yes? Still, there really is hope for the future and a silver lining in there somewhere. Sometimes less really is more, if we make it so. And one saying I love to repeat: Every situation has the advantages of its defects.

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mega1 5 years ago

Paradise: Darn it - I thought this hub was going to be about the PARTIES - not politics and economics. You sucked me in! haha - but there's no doubt in my mind that we could all do with a lot less and live very happily supporting each others small businesses, local markets, farms etc. plus how freeing to be rid of the need to constantly buy. Enjoy each other while we're here, that's the ticket! However, its all so tricky to keep an economy thriving and at the same time do with less. Less is more, except when you're a young chef with a new restaurant and people aren't eating out. what do we do? Me, I'm covered for the moment, but never secure because the nature of my work is that it disappears and has to be sought out over and over - I'm an independent caregiver. You know I think part of the solution is paying strict attention to WHAT we buy - like green products, new solutions for less wastage, solar, alternative everything! whooo hoooo! I'm an optimist, it'll happen. My parents did not get through the 30's without so many scars and a loss of most of their courage and it wasn't until about 4 years before retirement age that my dad had a bit of success so he and mom could retire well - still they could not give their six kids any of what they achieved and we were scrambling - any economic downfall has repercussions that reverberate for generations - its so deadly - I feel a little sick now. Going to go watch some escapist films.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Peter-I'm with you all the way. I'm afraid testosterone around the board room table dictated foreign policy, domestic policy, and national and international financial affairs for too long. I'd actually like to see a balance of men and women in the top positions in government, in corporate affairs, and banking; if it was all women, we might screw it up too, in a totally different way...a balance seems best; all that testosterone definitely needs diffusion in order not be harmful.

A kirchner--I have no doubt you could be a positive force for good under any circumstances, in any situation! Thanks for the comment.

Mega, I've noticed that, too--the empty stores where there was once a brave entrepreneur. I think we will all have to get less spoiled and concentrate on the basics, letting go of our sort of American rampant materialism for a while. That really might not be a bad thing, not in the long run. It might or might not get as bad as the Great Depression; what gives me hope is that my own parents got through that and came out the other side, more or less intact, with only one way to go--UP!

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mega1 5 years ago

I don't know if this is happening everywhere, fraid it probably is, but some smallish businesses around here are going under - storefronts and restaurants standing empty every couple blocks, the sheer enormity of what its going to take to rebuild these places, restock and start the new biz to fill the empty spaces is too much for me. I remember my city days and the grossness of the empty spaces and how great it was to go back 10 years later and find those spaces filled with bright new ambitious shops and eateries. Now - its like old friends left in the night. Seriously. I pray we don't get as depressed as in the 30s but I have a feeling we are on our way to that. Its no longer just about giving up the luxuries, its about being able to put clothes on the kids and fix the car! YES! put the women in charge and we might get back and be stronger for it!

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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Cute pics for a not so cute subject - you gotta wonder where we're going because I think we're in serious troubles. I have visions of folks from other countries coming here and collecting on their debts and pressing us Americans into service~ Maybe not that bad but something's nuts about this whole mess we've gotten ourselves into.

Hey - I'm with Peter - where have you been all my life? Put the women in charge - we might have a prayer~ I've got some great clean-up ideas and I bet I could make some changes for the good - we all could!

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Paradise, you know what happened the party was over about 10 years ago and nobody told us! I agree and would add one thing that you touched on. "the male ego chutzpah dictating foreign policy" is significant, I believe we should get the male testosterone inflated idiots out of government and put the females in there. The men have managed to make the biggest mess of all times. Not just in the US but the whole world. Ladies it's your turn at the wheel save us and get us rolling again. Sincerely,


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment, Jeannieinabottle. Too bad, so sad; we really had it GREAT from the 50's till about the late 90's--that's 40 years worth of prosperity to be thankful for. Now, we have to tighten our belts, buckle down to reality. It isn't so bad, or wouldn't be if the big companies would bring the jobs back home, instead of taking outrageous advantage of a cheap labor pool in developing countries.

Yeah, those two guys really look like they tied one on, don't they? I had to laugh while sympathizing deeply!

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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Sadly, I have to agree the party is over. It is true what you are saying - is it really that bad? We do just need to recover and accept that the world does not feel the same way about the U.S. that it once did. All good things must come to an end. Maybe one day we can work our way back up. Great hub! Oh, and nice photos, by the way. The party is definitely over for the 2 guys in the last photo.

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