"In this galaxy, it is a mathematical probability of 3 million earth-type planets and in all the universe 3 million,million galaxies like this, and in all of that and perhaps more, only one of each of us..."Dr. Leonard McCoy "Star Trek Balance of Terror"
The Cold War brought about several changes in the society and social attitudes of this nation. The most obvious change is that the country is now 4 trillion dollars in debt. We may not know who we're in debt to, but we know we are in debt. We do know how we got this debt and the reason is the Cold War.
The Cold War changed how people thought. for the first time in human history we had the power not only to destroy ourselves but our planet as well. This had a huge effect on society. The world had to live with a death threat hanging over it. People had to face not only their own mortality but the worlds as well. The world continued it's patriotic drum beating but not everyone played with the same rhythm. In this country their was and is still a huge gap in opinion concerning the Cold War.
During the 50's, the people of the U.S. were patriotic and they believed Cummunuism was the root of all evil. The hippy generation of the 60's was all for peace and love and they didn't get along with the hard line patriots of the 50's.In the 70's, the Cold War cooled down but the changes in public opion did not. Watergate helped create more distrust of the government. During the 80's, event's like the Iran-Contra scandal helped feed the fires of conspiracy and rooted this believe in America's next generation.
All of these beliefs and ideas are part of are society today. We will leave you with a quote from former President Richard Nixon. We believe if everyone all took it to heart we could get over some of the problems we face today. It is,
"Always give your best, never get discouraged never be petty; always remember others may hate you. Those who hate you donšt win unless you hate them. And then you hate yourself."click here to go back to the index