Yes, 2019 Is the Year You Were Worrying About

Once again, I bring you good tidings of great joy!Unemployment in the United States is at its lowest level since1969, consumer confidence is near its highest level since 2000, and crime in the nation’s largest cities is at its lowest level since 1990.

For a week this November, U.S. petroleum exports exceeded imports forthe first time ever, a remarkable milestone in America’s steady march toward independence from foreign oil. Economic growth is up, poverty is down, electric vehicle sales are at an all-time high, and the Miami Dolphins recently reminded us all that miracles still happen in this amazing country.

Welcome to the fifth annual Everything Is Awesome column! This holiday tradition began in2014, after Republicans won a landslide in the midterm elections by warning Americans that an Ebola epidemic was imminent and everything was awful.

That was the year The Lego Movie came out, and the point of appropriating the title of its theme song was not to claim that everything was literally awesome in America, but to spread some good cheer with a reminder that most things were actually getting better.

That held true in 2015 and 2016, even though Donald Trump won the presidency by describing the country as a dumpster of existential despair, and in large part in 2017, even as Trump and his critics seemed to be competing to provide the bleakest descriptions of America’s dismal trajectory.

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