We must have had superpowers back then, in July, 1969, hurling so many tons into space, making a bull's-eye landing on the moon. It would be easy to think so. We look around today, see how fractured we are from one another, still fracturing more each day, split this way and that.
In the 60's we had to overcome our infighting and apply ourselves to defeat a common perceived threat: loss of leadership in the world, handing off to another country. In the two-thousands, the enemy is us, as Pogo long ago said. The enemy is also the shift from the all people in this land, to just some of the people.