2014 is the 60th anniversary of nothing special. A quick review and comparison to 1954 seems appropriate.
In 1954 the Military-Industrial Complex was fighting a cold war with the USSR. Now they are fighting with Russia.
In 1954 the President of the United States played golf regularly. No change here.
In 1954 due to the paranoia and power-politics of Senator Joseph McCarthy and others, it seemed that “there was a communist under every bed.” Now it is terrorists that captivate the national paranoia.
In 1954 there was a great deal of unrest in the Middle East. In 2014 there is a great deal of unrest in the Middle East.
In 1954 the world powers were intimidating the smaller countries to advance their agenda. No change since then.
In 1954 the United States appeared to have the “moral high ground.” That “moral high ground” has slipped away.
In 1954 there were no Americans on Food Stamps. In 2014 there are almost 50,000,000 Americans who receive free food under the SNAP program. This is not progress.