And it was the first decade ever where the US was pretty much the sole dominating superpower in the world, there was no consistent threat of any real wars breaking out and with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, it was the first time since the end of WWII where a nuclear holocaust didn't seem like it could come at any time.
It just seems like the ten years between the Fall of the USSR (1991) and 9/11 (2001) was the 'American Decade' in a sense. Where the nation's biggest concern and most dire issue was whether or not the President lied about receiving oral sex and whether he should be in trouble for it or not. It was the longest sustained period of a booming economy, which helped. And we weren't as hated in other countries as we were post the second Iraq War. There was no counter culture dividing the country as there had been in the '60s; No stagflation or scandals on the scale of Watergate dragging the nation's morale down as in the '70s; No major recession or Arms Race are there had been in the '80s. Just seems like a very peaceful, prosperous time for America.
Politics was in gridlock but things were so good economically and there was no major conflicts; Things kept flowing along quietly that I really doubt Joe Public gave a damn if there was Gridlock in Washington.
Does anyone remember that sort of carefree, no fear, proud (but not hyper nationalistic) sort of mindset that colored the '91-'01 era in America? Do you think once this recession ends and the economy begins booming again, we can finally let the scars of 9/11 heal completely?
I have a lot of vivid, very clear memories from the period 1994-2000, and I remember it just seeming a lot more laid back, and that wasn't just the bliss of childhood at work.
Edited by Vincent Vega, 14 December 2012 - 01:18 PM.