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Old 04-20-2011, 02:39 PM
 
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Are we still in them now? Are they yet to come? Did they pass long ago?

Personally, I think the glory days of our nation were from about 1930 to 2000.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:42 PM
 
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Hard to say, really. During some of the periods during which we were at our most optimistic and productive, we were also still horribly racist and sexist. I wouldn't say there was a whole lot of glory in that...
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:44 PM
 
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Hard to say, really. During some of the periods during which we were at our most optimistic and productive, we were also still horribly racist and sexist. I wouldn't say there was a whole lot of glory in that...
It seems like the only time in which being an American was a positive experience for the majority of Americans was during the 1980s and 90s.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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We're still the shining pretty bright. It just so happens that China is shinning brighter than it was shining before. No one said there couldn't be two bright stars in one night sky.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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It's probably more accurate to cite different periods that were considered "glory days" in retrospect. A lot of people in the 1950's certainly didn't think of the 1950's as any sort of glory days, after all - not with the Korean War, the Soviets launching Sputnik, and so on.

But I'd argue that the most recent "glory days" basically mirrored the Internet Bubble of 1995 through 2000.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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1900-1929 / 1943-1969 / 1990-2001

and the Chinese are reading our playbook
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:37 PM
 
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We need not fear China's growth. I think Americans are wary of another superpower because we all know what happened last time there were two superpowers. But America and China have a lot better relationship than the US and USSR.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:58 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Are we still in them now? Are they yet to come? Did they pass long ago?

Personally, I think the glory days of our nation were from about 1930 to 2000.
Although I was not around, I would say the best 10 years was roughly the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s. Basicially between the end of the Korean War and before Vietnam really took off. Young middle class folks could afford to buy a brand new home, free trade meant trade with the State next to yours and we were in the middle of the civil rights movement for Blacks, American Indians and Women. There seems to have been alot of hope for the future back then, even though it might have been unrealistic. Somehow unfortunately, we went off track since then.
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