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Good opinion article on the approach to USA's 250th...
« on: July 04, 2024, 07:16:01 AM »
Actually quite a biting, and pessimistic, look...

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/americans-celebrated-our-founding-50-years-ago-now-even-too-divisive


I was 11 during the Bicentennial. Remember it well. But I suspect that the celebrations were a lot more muted than they would have been 10 years later.

Simply put, the 1970s sucked.
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Re: Good opinion article on the approach to USA's 250th...
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2024, 07:32:39 AM »
I was 11 during the Bicentennial. Remember it well. But I suspect that the celebrations were a lot more muted than they would have been 10 years later.

Simply put, the 1970s sucked.

I was 12 and I remember it feeling like everyone was just going through the motions as the late 60s and 70s just seemed to have sucked the life out of the country. Vietnam, the protest, oil shock, inflation, American cars were garbage, doom and the gloom we're all gonna die environmentalism kicked in full force, nuclear annihilation hanging over our heads, and the end of Apollo program which started a now what period in space program. Even most movies were depressing.
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Re: Good opinion article on the approach to USA's 250th...
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2024, 09:50:50 AM »
I graduated from high school in 1976. We had red white and blue tassels and were given ones with school colors separately. The country celebrated the bicentennial and almost everything had a RWB version. Every popular product had some limited edition.
Politically the country was depressed and the celebration was supposed to be a kind of reset.
Little did we know jimmy carter was the reset.
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Re: Good opinion article on the approach to USA's 250th...
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2024, 10:34:04 AM »
I spent the first part of the Bicentennial day on scullery duty in the mess hall on the 1st MARBDE side of Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station.  The last part of the day a buddy and I went to an America concert (the band of "A Horse With No Name" fame) at Aloha Stadium.  Other than that, it was just another day.
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Re: Good opinion article on the approach to USA's 250th...
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2024, 04:04:22 PM »
It's too bad the bicentennial of America's Independence was overshadowed by the more grand and epochal event of my birth, later that year.
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Re: Good opinion article on the approach to USA's 250th...
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2024, 06:33:24 PM »
It's too bad the bicentennial of America's Independence was overshadowed by the more grand and epochal event of my birth, later that year.
I DO remember the storms, darkness, the rivers running red, hail, flies, locusts, and the smell of brimstone from later that year, all ill omens portending imminent doom . . .

Well, it could have been worse.

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Re: Good opinion article on the approach to USA's 250th...
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2024, 12:37:34 AM »
Back to the present:

It's been 3 hours of non-stop fireworks here. I don't know where anyone gets the money for 'em.
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Re: Good opinion article on the approach to USA's 250th...
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2024, 12:47:39 AM »
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Both former President Trump and what remains of President Biden are incredibly unpopular.

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Re: Good opinion article on the approach to USA's 250th...
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2024, 07:33:37 AM »
Coming out of the 1970s and into the early 1980s, it really seemed that the US was on a progressive decline and that the American Century was going to be petering out early.

I believe it was Time Magazine, or maybe Newsweek, had a long, involved article telling us that yes, that was the case. We as a nation were no longer exceptional, we were in a slow and irreversible decline, capitalism was dying and finally being shown for the house of cards that it was, and that we should, by necessity, cede to the Soviet Union and its philosophy of communism its rightful places as the new and unquestioned leader of the world.

Thank God Ronald Reagan was sitting in the wings just waiting to say "Hold my beer and watch this!"

I wish I had save a copy of that magazine, and I wish I knew who wrote the article. It would have been a lot of fun to find the author's take on what happened over the next decade, culminating with the collapse of the "ascendant" Soviet Union...


In a lot of ways, it reminds me of the article written by that clown David Sirota in Salon magazine telling us what a glorious economic success Hugh Chavez had unleashed in Venezuela and how it was going to be the gold standard for national growth and existence and how much it had to teach the rest of the world.
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Re: Good opinion article on the approach to USA's 250th...
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2024, 11:19:47 AM »
My family spent a good chunk of the summer on a camping road trip. Big ol' Buick station wagon, all the roof windows, heading down to southern Florida, then back up the coast to places like St. Augustine, Williamsburg, Washington, etc...
 
Our trips almost always involved history, but I grew up in a town that had its bicentennial in 1974, so we pretty much were into it.
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Re: Good opinion article on the approach to USA's 250th...
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2024, 05:24:00 PM »
Where Mr. Hilton references the Tenth Amendment and the "usurpations" in the Declaration itself about the "unelected bureaucrats" (like the ATF) making "rules" they aren't allowed to make is worth remembering.  ;)
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Re: Good opinion article on the approach to USA's 250th...
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2024, 06:54:47 PM »
All I know is that in another 2 years my Ruger M77 in 220 swift will be a C&R due to age. :)

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