A More Benevolent Nation?
Tired of gloom and ceaseless talk of American decline? Me too. So let's celebrate an important way in which the United States has become stronger -- and a genuinely kinder and gentler nation.
That last phrase, used by George H. W. Bush in 1988 when he accepted the Republican presidential nomination, has become a cliche. But it was also a pledge. And in the years since, our country has lived up to that promise when it comes to reducing violent crime.