Varney: America is ‘exhausted,’ needs a break

Varney: America is lacking energy this year

FOX Business’ Stuart Varney argues Americans want a break from the news and lectures. 

FOX Business' Stuart Varney, during his latest "My Take" on "Varney & Co.," argued that Americans’ energy is different this summer than in previous years.

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STUART VARNEY: For the first time in my near 50 years of living here, I think America is exhausted. Or at least in need of a real break.

This is a very unusual national mood. In any other year, there's always been plenty of energy. Believe me, this is a get-up-and-go kind of place. But this year: not so much. 

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It doesn't help that the government is paying people to stay home, but that’s only part of the story. Youngsters in particular, don't want to return to the "same-old, same-old." 

They're quite prepared to hang out and enjoy the summer. I see the point: after a pandemic year, they see the opportunity for a genuine break!

There's also what I would call a "get-away-from-me" mood too. 

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"Wear a mask," "get the jab!" Lots of social pressure. A common response that I hear frequently: "Leave me alone." 

Entirely understandable: we don't care for any more lectures.

That applies to politics as well. After a year of extreme confrontation, it’s no wonder that so many people want to take a break from the news.

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Even sports have become a turn-off. We love to see great athletic performances, but we're not keen on seeing elite athletes threatening to insult America at the Olympics. We could really use a break from that.

It is now mid-summer. August arrives next week. I think America will be taking a "well-deserved" summer break. Good. I think we all need it.

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