I think, sport, that we have lived through the best part of American history. We have seen and benefited from the huge increase in prosperity, massive growth in technology (think of the improvements in cars, development of computers and other electronic gear), our fathers went out to fight "the good war", and in our younger years we didn't have a Big Brother government slowly taking away our freedoms (hell, when I was young I could go down to the hardware store and buy any gun I wanted and didn't fill out single form...try that now),
I can't get out of my mind a snippet from that 60's song (or was it 70's?), "Big Yellow Taxi": "You don't know what you've lost until it's gone."
“....when I was young I could go down to the hardware store and buy any gun I wanted and didn’t fill out single form...try that now)”,
And if it was a rifle or shotgun you could walk down the street carrying it to your car. No one said anything. If the policeman drove by he would just wave hello at you and keep driving. Or that is what would happen in my town.