A bit of a different chirp today. This will be the ranking of four events that happened on American soil over the last 81 years that affected the US and the world. I was alive for three of them The ranking is from the least consequential effect to the most consequential effect. This is my own opinion. If you are using a cell phone, to leave cooments, if you wish, just press on the title. Then at the bottom press exit mobile version.
November 22, 1963
The day Kennedy was assassinated. LBJ became President. The assassination hangover resulted in the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The South was a Democrat stronghold before the passing of these two Acts. No more. Under LBJ, American involvement in the war in Viet Nam increased dramatically. Draft dodgers fled to Canada and other countries.
September 11, 2001
The Twin Towers and the Pentagon were attacked. Over 3,000 people died that day, including those passengers that courageously took down a planre destined for Washington, but crashed in Pennsylvania. Airport security has never been the same since. The US and allies invaded Afghanistan. The US, after 20 years, left Afghanistan to the merciless rule of the Taliban. The US invaded Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraquis have since died. The invasion has simply added to the middle east turmoil. Back in 2003, if an American did not support the invasion they were considered not to be patriotic. This has changed. Former Prtesident Trump “claims” that he did not support the invasion
December 7, 1941.
Pearl Harbour was attacked. The US had tried to take an isolationist role prior to this date, even though they were supplying military hardware to Britain and Russia. After this date, the US declared war on Japan and its ally, Germany. The sleeping giant was awakened. Democracy defeated Nazi Germany. The Soviet Union arose. The cold war began. The nuclear race took flight.
January 6, 2001
The day the Capitol and democracy was attacked. This date is a bit misleading because the events leading to January 6 were set in motion long before. In fact, the story is still unfolding. American democracy right now is teetering on a cliff edge. How it unfolds will affect democracies in countries world wide. America was the shining light on the hill. Darkness threatens that light. The darkness of Trump and his friend Putin may extinguish that light. Some may say that it should not be January 6, 2021, but, rather, November 8, 2016. They may be right.