2017-10-12 12:19:29 UTC
Almost a half-century ago, in 1968, the United States seemed to be falling apart.
The Vietnam War, a bitter and close presidential election, antiwar protests, racial riots,
political assassinations, terrorism and a recession looming on the horizon left the
country divided between a loud radical minority and a silent conservative majority.
The United States avoided a civil war. But America suffered a collective psychological
depression, civil unrest, defeat in Vietnam and assorted disasters for the next decade --
until the election of a once-polarizing Ronald Reagan ushered in five consecutive
presidential terms of relative bipartisan calm and prosperity from 1981 to 2001.
It appears as if 2017 might be another 1968. Recent traumatic hurricanes seem to reflect
the country's human turmoil.