With age comes wisdom or at least a bit of perspective.
Amidst all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the recent success of progressive forces in the socialization of the medical profession, the historian in me wonders how it might compare to other cycles of exhilaration and depression we have lived through in just the last twenty-five years.
Do you remember Morning In America (Nov. ’84), the Iran-Contra Apology (Nov. ’86), Oliver North's Testimony (July ’87), the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Nov. ’89), Desert Storm and the Highway of Death (Feb. ’91)? How about Clinton's Election (Nov. ’92), the Republican Revolution (Nov. 94), Bob Dole's miserable campaign (Nov. ’96), the Impeachment (Dec. ’898), and Bush v. Gore (Nov ’00)? Or the WTC Attack (Sept. ’01), the Battle of Baghdad (Apr. ’03), Bush's Re-election (Nov. ’04), the Iraqi Quagmire and the Surge (’06-’08), the Palin Palooza (Sept ’08), and the Obamanation (Nov. ’08)?
How far back do you remember? How far back do you still feel
it? How does this compare? Is this really the end of the world?
Not yet. Not by a long shot.