To some, good times: Times of creativity, free spirits, and human compassion. For pursuit of ideals, progress, and prosperity. Times marred, to be sure, by assassinations, cities burning, and war--but on balance, good times. Times remembered for improving the lot of the poor, rebuilding cities, battling for civil rights, and opposing war.
To others, bad times: Times of excess, rebelliousness, destruction, and despair. Times remembered for tramplings on American traditions and ideals, loss of face in world affairs, and long-term damage to American society.
To no one the best of times: Times remembered for war, Watergate, OPEC, the oil crisis, Three Mile Island, inflation, unemployment, and weakened families.
For some, nonetheless, a time to seek alternatives, keep ideals alive, change attitudes on the environment, and create new possibilities.
To some, the best of times: Times for restyling the government, undoing damage done in the 1960s, championing free enterprise, reducing inflation, cutting taxes, and building up the military. Times to remember for the tumbling of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
To others, the worst of times: Times for ignoring the rights of minorities, assaulting the environment, forgetting the poor, wooing the privileged, building a pie-in-the-sky defense system, and tripling the national debt.