Several of my good friends and I often lament that the ’80′s are long gone. Though we were but babes in that most luminous of recent decades, to us it represents the last of the golden age. When getting to go out and play with friends meant running around outside, not hoveling in the basement in front of a PlayStation. When music was unique and diverse, not all auto tuned mindless drivel. Before computers had taken over cars (and our lives) and the state decided to try to become everyone’s nanny. When political bickering ended at the water because we all had a common foe. Back when men were men and women liked it that way!
Now I have attempted to keep politics at a minimum on this site but I saw the following ad today, and though it is decidedly slanted one way, I think that it sums up how far our country has fallen in the last 26 years particularly if you juxtaposition it against the original Reagan campaign ad. Not just because of the current or previous administrations, but because of so many things in society that we have lost since the 1980′s.
Now am I saying that I want to go back to the 80′s? Fear of nuclear war, terrible fashion (shoulder pads? Mom, what the hell were you thinking?), no internet, ect. ect. The answer is no. And I’m not aggrandizing Ronald Reagan here either. All I’m saying is that the 80′s, love ‘em or hate ‘em, represented a period of innocence and simplicity that I sometimes long to return.