The good: Ron Paul: HUGE Crowd at MSU Rally/Speech (4,000 +)
FiredogLake: This Has Never Happened Before – Active Duty Troops March on White House for Ron Paul

The bad:The 2010 Index of Dependence on Government

The ugly: Monty Pelerin's World » Time Can and Is “Running Back”

As far as time running back is concerned, author Morris Berman also covered this possibility in The Twilight of American Culture. America could be in the early stages of a new Dark Age. The book is worth reading.