This is more of a series of questions, rather than an opinion piece. JoeUsers are encouraged to share their thoughts and opinions.
on July 4th, 1976, I watched the Tall Ships sailing up the Hudson River in New York City. We stood at the edge of Spuyten Duyvel, spit of land that has had historical significance since the city was New Amsterdam and cheered. It was America's Bicentennial.
What will America's Tricentennial be like? What are your predictions for the year 2076, a mere 68 years away? Will things be pretty much the way they are now (only hopefully shinier!) or will America be more like something out of Road Warrior or something completely different?
I have outlined some areas that you might want to comment on, but these are intended as guidelines, feel free to comment as you like:
Politics- 2076 will be an election year, assuming of course that we still have elections. Will America still be a democratic republic? Will there still be an electoral college? Will democracy be viewed as a failed experiment? Will we have become a dictatorship? A theocracy?
Religion- Will America still be a Christian country, albeit with strong secular roots? Islam is often cited as the fastest growing religion in America (though that statistic is disputed), will Islam be major influence in America of 2076? (Will a candidate emphasize that his middle name is Hussein in an attempt to garner votes? Little attempt at levity.) Will American schools offer special accommodations for Muslim students as a matter of course? Or will religion have less of a role in our lives? Or something else? Will Wicca be a mainstream religion?
Race- According to the 2000 Census, about 74% of the American people identified themselves as White. In 1970, the percentage was 84%. The percentage of people identifying themselves as non-White is growing with each census. By 2076, if the trend holds, White Americans will comprise about 50% of the American population. Will that have a major effect? Or will race be more or less irrelevant?
Technology- Thomas Watson of IBM never actually said "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers," at least there is no evidence that he did, but technology is hard to predict. Forty years ago, no one was predicting that grandmothers would be setting up wireless networks at home to be able to surf the web at the dinner table. What will technology be like in 68 years? Will we all have chips implanted instead of carrying cell phones? Will organic computers be grown of plantations? Will Duke Nukem Forever finally be released?
Economics- Prior to the two World Wars, America was still an agrarian country. After World War II, we were a manufacturing country. We talked about becoming a "knowledge economy" for a while, though I was never sure what that meant. What will Americans do for a living in 2076?
Culture- Will Rock and Roll truly never die? Will we still be watching the same kind of TV shows? Will there still be theatre, dance and live concerts? Or will those forms of art die due to a lack of interest? Will people go to museums, when you can get a close-up on your screen?
Again, opinions are not only welcome, they are sought after. Feel free to add any other areas where you see potential change.