Never was the American Dream more potent or more seductive than in Mid-Century America.
The USA stood united and confident at the apex of global power and consumer abundance, racing boldly and confidently into the future.
Moving forward at ever increasing speed was what Americans expected from their country, their cars, their consumer goods and their economy.
This buoyant optimism stands in sharp contrast to the current gloom and downsizing we are living today.
Americas soaring can do confidence had always promised us a sugar-frosted future filled with abundance and economic prosperity. However that buoyant bubble of optimism has gone bust.
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Along with our jobs, savings, retirement funds and our split level homes, the American Dream has gone into foreclosure.
At the same time our schools are getting a failing grade, our infrastructure is crumbling and our healthcare system seems to be in septic shock.
Angry demonstrators are attacking banks and corporations, opposing oil and gas drilling, the distrust of government in general and politicians in particular run rampant on all sides.
While contemporary pundits vie with one another offering where the 21st century is headed, I take a look back at our collective past, a time not too long ago, when our trust in the government, technology, big business and science as positive forces that will help us move forward to achieve the American Dream, were at their zenith.
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