I grew up in the San Francisco East-Bay area. This was in the 1950's, when the public schools here were heralded as the best. I suppose my good fortune would be hard to surpass. One of the finest parts of the finest nation on earth, during the apex of the American Empire's existence.
Yes, the United States has a new set of problems. Things are not looking quite so rosy.
However, I believe that America's finest days are still ahead of her. This political deadlock, economic morass, educational crisis, healthcare, and even the foreign problems we face can all be solved.
They will be solved, when common everyday Americans feel pressured enough to act. That has been the case historically as a recurring pattern and doesn't seem to be changing.
I am a bit concerned about the "military-industrial complex" which President Eisenhower warned us of. They seem to be controlling our government too much while managing to seek/create a new "war du jour" every so often to keep the economy going.
The conspiracy theorists believe that they have the upper-hand, but all they will accomplish in the end is to "awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve".
In any case, it will be an interesting ride.
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