Believe it or not, we're just 17 days away from the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States.
Like tens of million of other Americans, you may be feeling that we're truly living in the darkest timeline, and there's little cause for hope, and well ... you're absolutely right.
(Sorry if we got your hopes up there.)
But this is America, dammit.
It's the only country in the world where people say the name of the country followed by "dammit."
No matter how far Putin has his hand up our president's ass, we've still got plenty to be proud of:
Free refills on fountain drinks, constant Seinfeld reruns in syndication, and of course ... Bruce Springsteen.
In case you're one of those Millennials, always listening to the trap music on your Air Pods, allow us to offer you this crash course on the Boss:
He's indisputably the greatest American that's ever lived.
Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but we think it's safe to say that Springsteen will one day be featured on our futuristic currency, in .GIF form, doing the Carlton with Courteney Cox in the "Dancing in the Dark" video.
Because he understands what it means to be a true patriot and he has balls the size of the Garden State, Springsteen has not shied away from harshly criticizing Trump.
Bruce appeared on Marc Maron's always-brilliant WTF podcast this week to share his feelings in the lead-up to the Orange One seizing power with his tiny, tiny little girl hands.
Predictably, he didn't let the Donald off easy:
"I've felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now," Springsteen told Maron.
"It's as simple as the fear of is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job?
"Forget about where they are ideologically. Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?"
Springsteen went on to share his belief that a Trump presidency could well have a permanent and terrifying on our nation's culture:
"When you let that genie out of the bottle -- bigotry, racism, intolerance -- they don’t go back in the bottle that easily if they go back in at all," Springsteen said.
"Whether it’s a rise in hate crimes, people feeling they have license to speak and behave in ways that previously were considered un-American and are un-American.
That’s what he's appealing to. My fears are that those things find a place in ordinary, civil society and the country changes in a way that is unrecognizable, and we become estranged."
Springsteen concluded his thoughts on Trump by stating that in spite of everything, he still believes Americans are really good at heart:
"I still believe in its ideals, and I'm going to do my best to play my very, very small part in maintaining those things," he said.
If you're quiet, you can almost hear the president-elect's miniscule thumbs clacking out his 140-character reply. Sad!