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    Re: When Did the United States Lose its Prestige?

    Just to clarify: I don't believe the US ever *did* lose its prestige, in terms of being worse off. However, there are some relatively recent developments that will make us less competitive in the long term. I think the four biggest changes for the worse in recent decades are:

    1980s - The ramp-up of the war on drugs, which has devastated our inner cities, exacerbated racial tension, and caused civil wars in at least two countries to our south.
    1980s - The birth of the foolish belief that tax cuts will either A) produce a free lunch by paying for themselves, or B) "starve the beast" and force Congress to cut spending. Both of these conclusions are at odds with reality, as well as each other.
    1990s - The beginning of the Senate "tradition" of filibustering every bill by default, requiring a 60-vote supermajority for everything and making it impossible to make any necessary economic decisions.
    2000s - The incredibly self-destructive notion that we need to view terrorism as a problem that can be solved with our military.
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    Re: When Did the United States Lose its Prestige?

    Quote Originally Posted by SirPwn4lot View Post
    So, when did the United States lose its greatness. People are always talking about how the US has separated from what made it great, just wondering when exactly this happened.

    I know most of you probably think it was a gradual process, so just tell me when you think it was diminished the most.

    Thanks!

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    The US is still hands down no contest the greatest country on earth. What more do you want?
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    Re: When Did the United States Lose its Prestige?

    Quote Originally Posted by SirPwn4lot View Post
    So, when did the United States lose its greatness. People are always talking about how the US has separated from what made it great, just wondering when exactly this happened.

    I know most of you probably think it was a gradual process, so just tell me when you think it was diminished the most.

    Thanks!

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    Re: When Did the United States Lose its Prestige?

    It started to lose it under Kennedy and his Bay of Pigs nonsense, and yet we regained much when Neil took his stroll.

    It really started going downhill with the 1968 Democrat convention in Chicago and the hijacking of a political party by communist radicals.

    Nixon didn't help.

    Ford kept things rolling downhill.

    Carter threw the brake pedal out the window and glued the gas pedal down (picture the Good Ol' Boys and their RV in the Blues Brothers)

    Reagan WON IT ALL BACK.

    Then twenty years of socialist leftist presidents threw it all away.

    Then along came that fool Obama and the Americans are just wishing we had even the little respect that we had when Bush was in office.

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    Re: When Did the United States Lose its Prestige?

    When the other countries found their post-WWII niches and settled in.
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    Re: When Did the United States Lose its Prestige?

    That last time I checked Countries still want to be like us and people around the world still immigrate over here to become Americans.

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    Re: When Did the United States Lose its Prestige?

    Quote Originally Posted by SirPwn4lot View Post
    So, when did the United States lose its greatness. People are always talking about how the US has separated from what made it great, just wondering when exactly this happened.

    I know most of you probably think it was a gradual process, so just tell me when you think it was diminished the most.

    Thanks!

    Note: I can only make 10 poll options, so if you're undecided/other/don't think it's lost any prestige/think it never had any, then post below
    it's been one long slide; with occasional spikes. i would say that it's inversely proportional to the rising political power of the Baby Boomers.

    the flip undercurrent, however, has been the growth of a true American Conservative movement; birthed in the 50's, passed puberty in the 80's, and is finally beginning to truly set the intellectual parameters of discussion.
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    Re: When Did the United States Lose its Prestige?

    The US lost its greatness since the beginning when the ideals of the Declaration of Independence were filtered into only land owning white men had the right to life, liberty and a pursuit of happiness. It lost its greatness when it passed the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, etc, etc and etc.
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    Re: When Did the United States Lose its Prestige?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    The US is still hands down no contest the greatest country on earth. What more do you want?
    stronger forward motion. not to be facing a crushing debt. our debt is really the only existential threat to our hyperpower on the stage right now, but it's a doozy.

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    Re: When Did the United States Lose its Prestige?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    The US is still hands down no contest the greatest country on earth. What more do you want?
    Thanks for adding nothing of substance to this thread.

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