Q&A Friday #34: What Were The Darkest Moments In American History?

Question: “I second the question about America’s…darkest moment(s). I bet there are some interesting perspectives here on that issue.” — President_Friedman

Answer: Next week, I’m going to actually try to do a piece ranking America’s greatest (and worst) moments. So, how about adding your thoughts in the comments section? Then, next week, I can go back to your comments, do a little more research and try to put together a more comprehensive piece.

But, in the interim, here are some of what I believe were America’s worst moments:

1814: British forces burn down the White House during the War of 1812.

1857: The Dred Scott Decision. The Supreme Court essentially rules that black people are nothing more than property like a chair or couch.

1861: The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the beginning engagement of the Civil War.

1941: Pearl Harbor. “A date which will live in infamy” indeed.

1961: The Bay of Pigs invasion. Kennedy’s decision to go forward with the invasion and then deny them air support doomed the entire enterprise to failure. Today, 44 years later, Fidel Castro, a diehard enemy of the United States, is still in power.

1973: The Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision leads to the legalization of abortion nation wide and the deaths of countless millions of innocent children.

1974: Richard Nixon resigns after being disgraced by Watergate, a scandal which shook American faith in the government.

1975: After the Democrats in Congress cut off aid and promised air support, South Vietnam was doomed. When Saigon actually fell, that symbolized what a disaster the Vietnam War turned out to be.

1977: Jimmy Carter hands over control of the Panama Canal to Panama mainly because, well, they wanted it and Carter was a big idiot.

2001: 9/11. Terrorist madmen attack the Twin Towers and Pentagon, kill nearly 3000 Americans, and set off a war on terrorism.

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