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Posted: 6/14/2014 2:53:30 PM EST
We all pretty much agree that America is experiencing a downward trend in terms of its power, wealth, and standing on the world stage. When do you feel America was at its peak in these terms and why?
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1950
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Maybe 1870s-1920
1945-1965
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At the end of the Cold War. We were the last remaining superpower.

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Hippies were the begining of the end.
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June 20th, 1788
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Originally Posted By MarkHatfield:
Maybe 1870s-1920
1945-1965
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Gonna go with this.
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1989.
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1945.
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Originally Posted By jestice75:
1950
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Yep
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Originally Posted By helmutlent:
Yep
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1950
Yep


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Originally Posted By leib109:
We all pretty much agree that America is experiencing a downward trend in terms of its power, wealth, and standing on the world stage. When do you feel America was at its peak in these terms and why?
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probably 1950 to 1955 or so. pretty after that things get progressively more screwed up.

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1955-1965
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1945-1965
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+1

Might add just before and during the revolution 1776-1790
Link Posted: 6/14/2014 3:05:46 PM EST
1945

Year I was born.
Link Posted: 6/14/2014 3:06:18 PM EST
End of WWII. We were the only nuclear armed nation. We still had a huge military, the country was still caught up with patriotic fervor.
I read somewhere that we were the only country to come out of WWII stronger than when we entered.
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The day Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon was a pretty great time.
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1945-1949

Before the Reds had the bomb.
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1945.
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Probably during the Apollo program. That was probably the pinacle of our progress and greatness. The sad thing is that America had doomed herself decades earlier through the giant power grabs of government at the turn of the twentieth century with creation of the Federal Reserve and the income tax and then again with FDR's socialism. America did enjoy a few years of greatness after that until the welfare state had gotten a firm grip and established herself. Once that happened, we were transformed from a nation of greatness to one of mediocrity.

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1950s
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Depends on what you mean by greatness? I mean things like personal computers, skinny jeans, the ponies and the AR15 have only been mainstream a short while and they are a few of our greatest inventions of all time as a Nation.
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I'd say the 1990s, we were the only superpower on the planet and could pretty much do whatever we wanted.
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1945-1965, with a brief resurgence in the 80's under Reagan. We were THE lone superpower, especially after forcing the Kremlin to bow at the end of the Cold War. Clinton fucked all that up though.
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1945 we had ramped up manufacturing to unheard levels. Next twenty years no vehicle, ship, machinery, etc...
was produced in greater quantity than ones marked "Made In The United States"
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Prob mid point of WW2. We geared up industry to just out-manufacture the rest of the fucking world on a scale never seen before or since. And when our boys came back hungry, they just kept on moving forward with all the youth and vitality the Old World lost a millennia before.

We still have it but it's buried beneath layers of filthy greasy hippy bullshit and touchy-feely libtard faggotry.
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Now, and it will bet better in the future. If your that unhappy I hear putin is accepting volunteers
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70's
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57 to 67 were the good years.



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I feel like you and most people here have two very different definitions of "greatness."


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When we nuked the Japanese
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One or two decades from now if we do our job
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Originally Posted By katrina24:
70's
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Early 60s
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2014
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Originally Posted By RaisedByWolves:
57 to 67 were the good years.



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The peak was around the time when Goldfinger was filmed. Things went to hell after Kennedy was shot and the rise of the hippies began.
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1943- 1964
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Early 60s
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Organized crime, police corruption, insane taxes, it was culturally okay to beat the shit out of your wife. What, the fuck, was so great about the 60's?
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Originally Posted By B2k4E:


Gonna go with this.
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Originally Posted By B2k4E:
Originally Posted By MarkHatfield:
Maybe 1870s-1920
1945-1965


Gonna go with this.

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Moon landing.
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Moon landing.
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Internet.
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1950's
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Reagan's last day in office. It's been demonstrably downhill ever since.
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Originally Posted By Chapman:

So again, I ask what was great about the 50's?

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Nobody telling you to #CheckYourPrivilege
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Originally Posted By Espeefan:
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For manufacturing might, this. America chasing the moon landing is one of my favorites. Technology and the Interweb is pretty cool.

Too bad everything is going to shit now.
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1912
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Originally Posted By Chapman:


What makes the 1950's great?

If you are a straight white male, I'm sure it may have been a decent era, except for that whole living in constant fear of being nuked thing, and the Korean War. Communism paranoia was rampant and encouraged by the media and the government.

If you were NOT a straight white male, life was probably not easy for you in the 50's.

So again, I ask what was great about the 50's?

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Originally Posted By Espeefan:
1950's


What makes the 1950's great?

If you are a straight white male, I'm sure it may have been a decent era, except for that whole living in constant fear of being nuked thing, and the Korean War. Communism paranoia was rampant and encouraged by the media and the government.

If you were NOT a straight white male, life was probably not easy for you in the 50's.

So again, I ask what was great about the 50's?


Well back then Detroit was a world-class industrial powerhouse and the fourth largest American city. It has declined ever since and you would be hard pressed to call the minorities living there better off now.


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Originally Posted By Chapman:


What makes the 1950's great?

If you are a straight white male, I'm sure it may have been a decent era, except for that whole living in constant fear of being nuked thing, and the Korean War. Communism paranoia was rampant and encouraged by the media and the government.

If you were NOT a straight white male, life was probably not easy for you in the 50's.

So again, I ask what was great about the 50's?

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Originally Posted By Chapman:
Originally Posted By Espeefan:
1950's


What makes the 1950's great?

If you are a straight white male, I'm sure it may have been a decent era, except for that whole living in constant fear of being nuked thing, and the Korean War. Communism paranoia was rampant and encouraged by the media and the government.

If you were NOT a straight white male, life was probably not easy for you in the 50's.

So again, I ask what was great about the 50's?


Guilty! LMFAO!
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Originally Posted By OIF_Vet08-09:
1945-1965, with a brief resurgence in the 80's under Reagan. We were THE lone superpower, especially after forcing the Kremlin to bow at the end of the Cold War. Clinton fucked all that up though.
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This.

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Link Posted: 6/14/2014 4:05:21 PM EST
You said America, not the US.

I'll say about 1740.

US? Maybe 1825.

Easiest times? 1980s - 2000 even though the AWB was suckage in 94. Although 50-68 was a pretty awesome time, so I hear.
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