The 80-Year Pattern of America: We’re There Again…

Victor Moussa /
Victor Moussa /

If you look at the history of the United States, you will notice somewhat of a pattern. Every 80 years or so, we enter an era of tremendous upheaval, sometimes war. But we also come out on the other side stronger than before and with a leader who brings us into even greater things.

As it turns out, we are about at that 80-year mark…

The first period of chaos occurred around 1776, yes, the Revolutionary War.

For about a decade prior, the 13 original colonies were in constant contention with the British government, starting with the fact that they were heavily taxed without any legal representation in England. That escalated with things like the Boston Tea Party in 1773 and eventually the “shot heard round the world” in 1775.

By the end of the Revolutionary War, around 1781, the colonies had defeated their former masters at a final battle near Yorktown. The US Constitution was drafted, signed, and adopted shortly afterward.

George Washington was also appointed as our first president afterward, leading the colonies into an age of peace, rebuilding, and national strength.

Fast forward 80 years, and we enter the Civil War era.

Again, prior to war breaking out, there was a decade or so of extreme civil unrest, mostly centered on slavery. Most southern states, with their vast plantations and such, wanted it to remain legal. Meanwhile, states in the North had been trying to eradicate the practice since before the Revolutionary War.

By 1854, the country was at a tipping point, especially after a man from the North and opposed to slavery won the presidential election of 1860 (Abraham Lincoln) despite his name not even being included on a number of Southern state ballots.

Hmmm, that sounds familiar… but I digress.

Rather than recognize Lincoln as their leader, they seceded and began the Civil War.

Again, when the war ended, our nation began a time of rebuilding and restoration. Sure, it still had its faults, but thanks to the leadership of Lincoln, we were able to start with a good foundation for that.

Moving ahead another 80 years, we find ourselves in the middle of WWII.

As you likely remember, this was preceded by a massive stock market crash, followed by the Great Depression and worldwide unrest, as many of our allies were attacked by Nazi or Japanese forces. We finally entered the war after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Thanks to the leadership of then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt, followed by Dwight Eisenhower, our nation not only succeeded in defeating our enemies during the Second World War brought also helped to once again strengthen our country, both physically and economically.

And that brings us to today.

As you know, America has once again been experiencing some “unrest.” We are largely divided as a people, with the Democratic Party only furthering that by constantly pulling race cards, insisting on unnatural sex changes, and continually backing anyone but actual American citizens.

One party has also gone after the other, pretty much declaring all MAGA supporters as terrorists and even jailing dozens for simply protesting as is their right.

Our economy is also a complete mess, with inflation still soaring, the housing market on the verge of collapse, and a likely recession around the corner.

Now, of course, it’s hard to know where all of this is headed, hopefully not war. In any case, there’s a good bet that it’s going to be tumultuous for a while yet. And if history’s pattern holds, this will be followed by a season of strength and with a leader who only makes us stronger.

So don’t give up hope yet. Things will turn around for the better. We just might have to go through some rather tough stuff until then.