More than half of Americans (59 percent) said they consider this the lowest point in U.S. history that they can remember
Whither is fled the visionary gleam?
Where is it now, the glory and the dream?
What the heck! I know most of the people they polled don't remember Pearl Harbor and WW2; while only the older ones remember the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, the culture wars of the late 60s, the second term of Tricky Dick Nixon, and the Carter years. But most adults remember 9/11, right? That was only 16 years ago.
And Jimmy Carter thought there was "malaise" in his day. Apparently most people look back on that period as a meadow of wildflowers glistening in the sun of their youth. Bring back those halcyon days of long gas lines and runaway inflation, and strike up the band:
Oh, the days o' the Kerry dancin'
Oh, the ring o' the piper's tune
Ah, for one o' those hours of gladness
Gone, alas, like our youth, too soon