Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll for December. The 15th of this month will be the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791. With protests happening all over the world, including here in the United States, every American should dust off their copy and review this grand document. It provides us with so much of what makes up our national character. The First Amendment alone secures for Americans the freedoms of religion, speech, and the press. It also provides for the right to peaceful assembly (ask the Occupiers) and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.
If ever there was a time for Americans to celebrate these rights it is now and remember the Bill of Rights guarantees your right to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus or whatever other holiday you may wish this month. So have a happy and joyous holiday season, and while we're at it, Happy New Year!
And now, the results...
The '80s and '90s win the "Best Decade to Live Through" award with 21 percent and 20 percent. They were decades of relatively high peace and prosperity and were helped by the "Peace Dividend" earned by the end of the Cold War. Next up with 18 percent were the idyllic 1950s followed by the '70s with 13 percent, the '60s with 11 percent and the 2000s with 10 percent. The World War II years got only three percent and the '30s received a "Depressing" one percent.