It’s hard to believe this was so long ago. Two, two term presidents have come and gone and a third has been elected already.
I’m not sure the young’uns out there really get it. We older people look at history as pre and post 9/11. Sometimes I watch old movies or just even think about the 1990s and think wow, what a happy go lucky time.
I was a tail end Gen X er. I remember the big complaint of the older people at the time was that everything was too good and there were no wars to contend with so we had all gotten too soft…and the alternate rock of the day reflected that – i.e. we’re so depressed our generation doesn’t have any meaning unlike our parents who had Vietnam and our grandparents who had WWII.
And then 9/11 happened and I think looking back, it was silly that everyone thought that times being good was a bad thing. Because now it looks like we’ll never see a peace time again, at least not in our lifetimes.
It was the beginning of a lot of this political division. Reps and Dems came together in the aftermath, but in the years thereafter, they really disagreed on the war of terror and that led to disagreements elsewhere.
And I do think it had longterm bad effects on the economy. Economic wise, the 1990s were pretty good. Papa Bush showed off America’s muscle in a quick, get in get out Iraq War and then thereafter, the 1990s were mostly peaceful.
Imagine the economy today if we’d just had 30 years of peace?
Oh well. I remember when it happened. I was fresh out of college, sad my life didnt seem to be working out as planned and then, in retrospect, selfishly I said well, now it really won’t get better and it didn’t.
OK yes I know. I just made 9/11 about me. That wasn’t my intent. Who knows what to say? It sucked.