Last Decade Not So Bad By ComparisonJanuary 7, 1970Hardly anyone has a kind word for the decade just finished.The Vietnam war, race riots, campus rebellion and political assassinations left a bad taste in the mouths of Americans. Good riddance, they say, to the “Soaring Sixties” that fizzled.Yet, it was no worse than any other decade in recent history; and in many respects it was considerably better.After all, we did conquer polio, learn how to transplant hearts and kidneys, sign a limited nuclear test ban treaty and plant the American flag on the Moon.Despite the racial strife, we made greater strides in solving our racial problems than we had in the preceding ten decades.Despite the wars in Asia, we stopped the spread of totalitarian communism.Despite the unrest of youth, we turned out the highest percentage of educated, responsible young adults in the history of man.Those who identify intimately with the Kennedy brothers, or Rev. Martin Luther King, or with the soldiers slain in Vietnam, tend to place recent events in the blackest period of history. These acts are deplorable by all standards. However, a comparison with any ten-year period illustrates the cliché that “there is nothing new under the sun.”For example,… Read full this story
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