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    was right after the country survived not one but two existential threats.   (economic crash that might have ushered in a socialist or even communist happened elsewhere....then WWII)

    To survive such crises, people had to work together.  It didn't hurt that a whole bunch of people from all classes (if they were white males) mingled as soldiers.  Eg, Bush the Elder was a combat pilot, where Bush the Younger spent those years as a frat boy in college.   They governed quite differently.

    Obama's life experience taught him the lesson of community, but most of our politicians, on both sides of the aisle, have lived in a privilege bubble their entire life.

    And the country hasn't faced an existential threat since the Soviet  Union collapsed, and probably really not since the Cuban Missile crisis.

    If you date it by the Cuban missile crisis, that's about the time Obama was born before Ryan was born.

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