Cohorts: Homeland? Generation - Artist, Adaptive
Coming Attractions, circa 2001.
Time line events: Crisis Era
George W. Bush took office and quickly pushed through a large tax cut as the economy
continued to sputter after the dot.com bubble burst . A US submarine sank a Japanese
fishing boat while surfacing off Hawaii and an American surveillance plane collided with a Chinese
fighter plane off the Chinese coast. Sen. Jim Jeffords upset George W's apple cart by
bolting the Republican Party and handing the Senate Majority to the Dems. US Representative
Gary Condit was hounded by the media when one of his former interns disappeared mysteriously.
Timothy McVeigh was executed for the Oklahoma City bombings reminding Americans of that pain.
And then came September 11. Terrorists hijacked 4 airliners full of passengers and flew them
into both of the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon and the ground. Many thousands of New
Yorkers were killed and the country went into shock. Suddenly the tiny country of Afghanistan
became a center of world focus as the United States went after Osama Bin Laden, a radical
Islamic leader they believed was responsible for the tragedy in New York, and the Taliban
leaders in Afghanistan who supported him. As the Terrorist network in Afghanistan crumbled
under the intense bombing of the US, tensions heightened between Israel and Palistinians
as well as between India and Pakistan. But New Yorkers were not given time to absorb their
grief. Someone decided to take advantage of the turmoil and mailed Anthrax filled letters
to US officials and media leaders. Then an airliner broke apart and plunged into a Long
Island neighborhood. The world went on but not as usual. Patriotism was right again and
Americans seemed to pull together even as the economy took a dive. George Harrison, Perry
Como, Jack Lemmon, Eddie Mathews and Katharine Graham died. Sorcery and Witchcraft enjoyed
a surge of popularity as movies "Harry Potter" and "Lord of the Rings" were released to
sellout crowds. In sports Tiger Woods became the first golfer to hold all four major
titles at the same time. In baseball the Seattle Mariners won a record number of games
in a season but faded in the playoffs, Barry Bonds blasted 73 HR for a new record and the
Little League booted a pitcher out for lying about his age.
(note from the Webmaster: There is
good reason to believe that we have now passed into a crisis era in this cycle of U. S. History.
This would have been sparked by the dot.com bubble bursting in 2000 and the 9/11 event of 2001.
I am assuming that this is, in fact, the "fourth turning" of Strauss and Howe's generational
theory and have rearranged the time lines accordingly. Of course, if this proves not to be the case,
this paragraph may be moved again.)
(2002) The United States is again preoccupied with the dot-com recovery and the
response to 9/11. At home a series of major corporations go under in scandal as the management
tactics that fueled the dot-com revolution are found to be questionable and even criminal.
The economy continues to stumble and some industries, especially the airlines, are hobbled by
both 9/11 fallout and the burst dot-com bubble. As the battle continues to rage between Israel
and Palestine, Osama bin Laden remains illusive even as terrorists seem to lurk in every shadow. And so
President Bush continues to press his fight against terrorism with global troop deployment and,
at home, passage of the Patriot act and the formation of the Homeland Security Department. At the
same time he issues a challenge to the "axis of evil" of Iraq, Iran, and North Korea with an ultimatum
issued to Iraq, demanding disarmament with the threat of military force. Americans approve and the
Republicans score a victory in mid-term elections. Domestic terrorism is also apparent as snipers
cruise the Washington D.C. area and cases of child abduction and abuse (even within the Catholic Church)
fill the news. Former President Carter receives a Nobel peace prize. Legendary entertainers Peggy Lee,
Lionel Hampton, Milton Berle, Richard Harris and Rosemary Clooney were lost. Popular and prolific writers
Stephen Ambrose, Ann Landers and Stephen Jay Gould lay down their pens. In sports an all-California
World Series and all-Williams sisters women's tennis. The winter Olympics in Salt Lake City are tainted
by judging scandals. Ted Williams, Johnny Unitas and Sam Snead leave the field.
(2003) The year begins with the War on Terror in full swing. The Department of
Homeland Security finally begins operation and the Bush Administration begins its campaign to
disarm Saddam Hussein in Iraq. While world leaders join in opposition and people all over the
globe join in protests against a military intervention in Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell
pushes for use of force in Iraq at the United Nations. Finally, President Bush issues an
ultimatum to Saddam Hussein and, not satisfied with the response, launches the
British forces join the United States military in a campaign of "Shock and Awe" and soon after
Baghdad falls President Bush declares "Mission Accomplished" at a rally aboard an aircraft carrier.
Late in the year Saddam is found hiding in a tiny hole in the ground, but unfortunately,
the war continued to rage and as the year came to a close there didn't appear to be an end in sight.
Early in the year the Space Shuttle Columbia, and all of its crew, is lost during reentry.
Rush Limbaugh, Martha Stewart and Michael Jackson run afoul of the law. Californian's throw out
their Governor and put in the "Terminator" Arnold Schwarzenegger. Robert Novak "outs" CIA operative
Valerie Plame. Gary Ridgeway, The "Green River Killer", confesses. Children (and former children) mourn
the loss of Mr. Rogers. The World of Entertainment loses stars Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Katherine Hepburn,
Johnny Cash, Art Carney and Donald O'Conner. The South loses two of its staunchest supporters Lester
Maddox and Strom Thurmond.
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