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We’re Not Gen-X, We’re Gen-Reagan
6/7/04 | Cinnamon Girl

Posted on 06/07/2004 1:31:59 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl

We’re Not Gen-X, We’re Gen-Reagan

This is for everyone who was raised to believe that our young lives would soon end in a nuclear war, of mutually assured destruction, quivering under our school desks with President Reagan to thank for making the pink and gray tile on our classroom floors the last thing we would ever see.

This is for those of us raised in the post-graduate, post-doctorate suburbs where Volkswagens and Volvos taught us that we “can’t hug our children with nuclear arms” and that “war is not healthy for children and other living things.”

This is for the generation that grew up watching “Welcome Back, Kotter,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Cosby Show” and hundreds of bad impressions of President Reagan as a shellac haired cowboy buffoon who didn’t have a thought in his head, followed by impressions of Dan Quayle as a simple minded bad speller who attacked the beloved “Murphy Brown” for having a baby and no husband, followed (in our adulthood) by monkey-like caricatures of the ignorant and stupid cowboy-war-monger President Bush.

We know who we are. We accept the moniker “Generation X” and we don’t even know what the heck that means. It might have something to do with being jaded and feeling crappy about dolphins in canned tuna, and about the tragic death of Kurt Cobane. It probably refers to a specific group of people who saw every John Hughes “teen” movie and point to “The Breakfast Club” as a virtual documentary. It has never signified the Generation that grew up feeling good about America because of President Ronald Reagan.

Our generation went from an early childhood of Jimmy Carter, a droopy peanut farmer with big teeth and a hostage crisis, to a happy, energetic, powerful and confident Republican president who suddenly made politics interesting.

I remember watching a Carter/Reagan debate by myself one night when my mom was out. There was no doubt in my mind that Ronald Reagan would be president. He was irresistible, and he made America sound like an exciting, attractive place.

I remember collapsing on the couch in the family room, feeling as if I’d been punched in the stomach, the day President Reagan was shot. It was in middle school. There was no discussion of the event by teachers or even the principal. My happiness that he would survive was a quiet and personal event.

While family friends and neighbors continued to wring their hands, and angrily mock what they called “Reagan’s Star Wars fantasy,” I remember him saying “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” He just seemed really gutsy. And my neighbors, who said “Visualize World Peace,” and meant it, seemed passé. Action, not words. That was hot.

In high school, I remember a school assembly before Reagan’s re-election. Nobody in our debate team wanted to be on the pro-Mondale side. Reagan’s second big win was a done deal and everyone knew it. Even before we could convincingly articulate our reasons for supporting President Reagan, and long before we could vote for him, we knew he was great, and that he was helping us.

In college, I waited in a long line of other students at USC to vote for President Reagan’s then Vice President, G.H.W. Bush. When I finally got to a voting booth, inside the small house of a Mexican-American family, I noticed on their mantle, a big framed photograph of President Reagan. That’s right. That is right.

When his second term was over, President Reagan came to speak at USC. Somehow, I managed to get a seat in the fully packed auditorium to see President Reagan in person. The standing ovation, when he took the stage, was 11 minutes long. And he was dazzling, of course. We were all riding the high for a long while afterward.

The first time I went to the Reagan Library, I was most impressed by the big chunk of graffitied Berlin Wall sitting outside, above the valley. I knew what that was about. That was a part of my growing up memories.

Tonight, I plan to go again to the Reagan Library, to pay my respects to the man who had a greater influence on my generation than any other person the media or the pundits bring to mind.

Thank you, President Reagan. G-d Bless you. And G-d Bless America.


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To: jdege

I've thought of that.

Sadly, I drive a Saturn and it's made of plastic ( mostly)

thanks anyway!


51 posted on 06/07/2004 2:28:10 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: tiamat

Hi Lady!
You need a bumper sticker from PatriotWarriors. They are pretty deep and the libs won't understand it.

I was coming back into MI in Toledo and while I waited at the toll booth a van pulled up next to me with a "No Blood for Oil" sticker. The driver and all the people inside were glum. As we inched forward, I know he saw my "W04" sticker. As he pulled next to us again, the girls and I flashed him a giant smile.
Conservatives are the happy ones.


52 posted on 06/07/2004 2:28:37 PM PDT by netmilsmom (The Libs prefer to silence than debate.-Political Junkie Too)
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To: Cinnamon Girl
I have Bush/Cheney 04 on my Car, my Front Door, my Living Room Window, and my Back Door. Within the next few days, I will have my yard signs at my home facing three different directions (specifically the liberal living across the street). In addition, and I have lapel pins for every outfit I wear to work.

President Bush is the right President for the right time.

"Gen-Reagan" is a good title...I hope you listened to "Rush" today. If not, then great minds think alike.

EAGLES UP FOR REAGAN!

53 posted on 06/07/2004 2:30:36 PM PDT by Bobbisox (And the Rope-a-Dope Begins!)
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Cinnamon Girl, this is a DAMN good write-up.

I was 12 when Reagan left office, he'll forever be my mind's model of what a President SHOULD be, something no successor will ever quite live up to, and that some will likely fall quite short of.

After Reagan, there was no shame in being a right-winger for young people.

So many early and profound memories are because of him.

The Challenger speech. Watching Germans tear part the Berlin. The dissolution of the Soviet Union.

That was our guy who did that!

And he left a LOT of us with the realization that politics is important and we can't leave it to others, WE have to be the ones who step up for what is right and advance the cause of freedom, as Republicans and Americans.

I'm seriously thinking about putting my Bush/Cheney '04 bumper sticker on my car. Who's in?

Alas, still, no. ;-)

54 posted on 06/07/2004 2:32:04 PM PDT by StoneColdGOP (McClintock - In Your Heart, You Know He's Right)
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To: netmilsmom

Hey!

We closed on the new place today!

I've seen that site.... they're way cool.

I'll give the thing some thought.


55 posted on 06/07/2004 2:32:51 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: Cinnamon Girl

I am way to young to remember the carter debates - (I was 2) and I am actually still to young to remember or care about the Mondale ones, however i do remember Reagan being a cultural icon more so than any other president in my lifetime.


56 posted on 06/07/2004 2:33:36 PM PDT by Conservomax (You eat pieces of $hit for breakfast?)
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To: Indy Pendance

You're a Tweener.


57 posted on 06/07/2004 2:34:05 PM PDT by moodyskeptic (www.WinWithHumor.com)
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To: tiamat

How soon do you move?


58 posted on 06/07/2004 2:36:14 PM PDT by netmilsmom (The Libs prefer to silence than debate.-Political Junkie Too)
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To: jdege

Thanks for the link. I just ordered a "I am the VWRC" t-shirt and 2 "This vet supports Bush" stickers, one for me and one for my friend.


59 posted on 06/07/2004 2:37:47 PM PDT by Looking4Truth ((Muslim internment camps in the U.S. NOW!!!))
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Thanks for writing this Cinnamon Girl. It brings back a lot of memories.

I was born in California when Reagan was Governor and I was in Jr. High when he was elected President.

I don't live in California anymore, but I sure do miss it. To take part of a quote that Reagan once used... "I didn't leave California. It left me."

60 posted on 06/07/2004 2:37:57 PM PDT by SpottedBeaver
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To: moodyskeptic

>>You're a Tweener<<

My girls watch that show on tv. ;-).


61 posted on 06/07/2004 2:38:04 PM PDT by netmilsmom (The Libs prefer to silence than debate.-Political Junkie Too)
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To: Kerretarded
It is contrary to Jewish custom (possibly Jewish law, too, but I'm not able to comment on that) to refer to the Creator by a ''proper'' name, hence one sees 'G-d' and occasionally 'Y-hw-h'. I'm sure our good friend the Rabbi over at Jewish World Review can supply you with full details.

This has nothing to do with PC or the ACLU; it is a traditional sign of respect. Probably stems from Moses' episode with the burning bush in Exodus, but that's a guess.

62 posted on 06/07/2004 2:39:47 PM PDT by SAJ (Buy 2 NGG05 9.00 calls, Sell 5 NGG05 12.00 calls against, for $1.000 net credit OB. Mortal lock.)
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Thank you, Cinnamon! I love it!

Maybe we could even do our own "ReaGens" bumper stickers, lol.

Bookmarking for follow up. : )
63 posted on 06/07/2004 2:40:37 PM PDT by Trinity_Tx (Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believin as we already do)
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Cinnamon_Girl, I wrote to Rush Limbaugh. I really think he should see this.

I am so glad you wrote this. It is how I have been feeling for some time, but couldn't put it into words.

64 posted on 06/07/2004 2:40:40 PM PDT by Alkhin (He thinks I need keeping in order)
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To: Cinnamon Girl
I was 7 years old when Reagan was first elected. I didn't know squat about elections or politics. I did notice the nice looking man with the brown hair was the one I wanted to win, rather than that scary looking old man he was running against. LOL! When I was 11, I was really happy that Reagan won a second term. When I was 12, I remember listening to the radio at school reporting about how Reagan was bombing the heck out of Ghaddafi (sp?). I remember a little about Star Wars. I remember Bruce Springsteen complaining about how it was Reagan's fault the farmers were poor. I still have the newspaper article my pen pal from Argentina sent me about President Reagan attending the memorial service for the Challenger astronauts. I remember at 14 writing a letter to President Reagan and getting an answer. I remember the Berlin Wall coming down. I had/have a pen pal in Germany so thought a lot of him when that happened. Especially since my letters were now addressed to Germany instead of West Germany.
That's about all I have.
65 posted on 06/07/2004 2:40:51 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy (Rest in Peace, Mr. President!)
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To: netmilsmom

Sometime after 20 June.

DH wants time to install new carpet in Caitlin's roo, and Pergo in the kitchen.

( this lady has CARPET in her kitchen! With the way I cook, it will look like crap before Christmas if it stays! LOL! )


66 posted on 06/07/2004 2:44:10 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: Cinnamon Girl

67 posted on 06/07/2004 2:50:22 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Cinnamon Girl
We accept the moniker “Generation X” and we don’t even know what the heck that means. It might have something to do with being jaded and feeling crappy about dolphins in canned tuna, and about the tragic death of Kurt Cobane. It probably refers to a specific group of people who saw every John Hughes “teen” movie and point to “The Breakfast Club” as a virtual documentary. It has never signified the Generation that grew up feeling good about America because of President Ronald Reagan.

The term "Generation X" predated our generation (Billy Idol was in a band with that name in 1977 and he was in born in 1955, squarely in the post war Baby Boom).

"Generation X" is the generation that followed the Baby Boom (aka the "Baby Bust" because it is also dwarfed by the next generation, Baby Boomers' kids).

We are Reagan youth and that is not a bad thing (while some on the left may try to draw allusions to Hitler Youth). I would credit Ronald Reagan with the upswing of "young" (under 40) conservativism. We grew up with President Reagan (and Carter before him, with some memories of Ford and Nixon). We saw what a good thing we had. We also saw the way the press treated him.

We are united as a "block" known as "Generation X" by the lack of our numbers. That's it.

We are united as "Reagan youth" by our culture and upbringing. It does more to define us than tv or movies.

It will forever be Reagan's American legacy (the collapse of Soviet communism being his global legacy).

If not for Reagan, the Republican party would probably be the domain of the Rockefeller Republicans. Social conservativism would be out and it is doubtful that the younger generation would have picked that up later. Global socialism is already creeping into the Western World. If the Soviet Union had not collapsed, they would still be an unseen agent in the spread of socialism.

I won't say that America would be under Soviet rule but the US might more resemble some parts of Europe.

68 posted on 06/07/2004 2:54:26 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Great job, CG. Gen-R, indeed. What a blessing you navigated your way through that maze.


69 posted on 06/07/2004 3:00:12 PM PDT by Paul_B
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Great essay.

We need T-shirts: "Proud member of Generation Reagan!"


70 posted on 06/07/2004 3:00:15 PM PDT by djreece
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To: Looking4Truth

71 posted on 06/07/2004 3:08:33 PM PDT by jdege
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To: cmsgop

No, you weren't. I had a TOTAL crush on Duwayne.


72 posted on 06/07/2004 3:32:59 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl
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To: jdege

WHERE?


73 posted on 06/07/2004 3:35:39 PM PDT by StoneColdGOP (McClintock - In Your Heart, You Know He's Right)
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To: Alkhin

Wow, thank you.


74 posted on 06/07/2004 3:37:05 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl
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To: Cinnamon Girl

I'm seriously thinking about putting my Bush/Cheney '04 bumper sticker on my car. Who's in?

---
Way ahead of you - got it on both cars.

Chip


75 posted on 06/07/2004 3:40:47 PM PDT by Rays_Dad
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To: jdege

Sto-o-p It! I've got to have THAT t-shirt too. Here I go again. Do you own that site or something? :)


76 posted on 06/07/2004 3:43:57 PM PDT by Looking4Truth ((Muslim internment camps in the U.S. NOW!!!))
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To: Cinnamon Girl

It probably refers to a specific group of people who saw every John Hughes “teen” movie and point to “The Breakfast Club” as a virtual documentary
____

LOL, bingo;-)
____


77 posted on 06/07/2004 4:11:54 PM PDT by cupcakes
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Tonight, I plan to go again to the Reagan Library, to pay my respects to the man who had a greater influence on my generation than any other person the media or the pundits bring to mind.

____

I should have added an "Amen" to this. I was age 10-18 during the Reagan presidency. He was and is an inspiration and his optimism exemplified what I remember as a teen. It's amazing how kids/teens really look up to and exemplify their generation based on the character in office. We had Reagan and I can remember it wasn't that bad a time to be a teen--I remember things being very optimistic for the most part. Compare that with the likes of a Clintoon and what you can aspire to...


78 posted on 06/07/2004 4:17:16 PM PDT by cupcakes
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To: Cinnamon Girl

I Hate hate

You hate up and down - you hate hanging 'round
You hate here and you hate there - you hate everywhere
You hate this and that - you hate where you're at
You hate near and far - all you hate is all you are!

Why hate the life you live? Hate makes waste - I'm positive
Why waste the life you live? Life's to love - I'm positive

You hate one or two - you hate life and you
You hate A to Z - you hate the world and me

Why hate the life you live and hate yourself on top of it?
Why hate the life you lie? Life's to love - I'm positive

I hate hate! I hate hate! I hate... hate!

Is life a losing war? There's no need to fight no more!
You don't have to lose no more - there's a way to win the war!
Stop loving hate and hating love - when the fighting ends the war is won!
Stop loving hate and hating love - when the fighting ends and all is one!

I hate hate!
-Reagan Youth


79 posted on 06/07/2004 4:21:26 PM PDT by Rome2000 (The enemy for Kerry!!!!!)
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To: Indy Pendance

I'll second that. My hubby is right there in that niche too--born in 61.


80 posted on 06/07/2004 4:22:33 PM PDT by cupcakes
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To: newgeezer

And what 'greatest generation' raised the children that became the boomers? hmmmm....


81 posted on 06/07/2004 4:28:24 PM PDT by cupcakes
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Gen-Reagan.... excellent. How cool it would be if that actually replaced the insipid "Gen-X" label.

I've often thought how lucky I am to have "come of age" during Reagan's presidency. I was 13 in 1980 and just beginning to have an understanding about politics, the world, etc. When I think of the kids who turned 13 in 1992, and think of them looking back at the butthead prez who formed their earliest political ideals and consciousness, I wince. How sad, that they will never really have a connection to the presidency -- to the country -- the way we did through Ronald Reagan. The sad thing is, it took us little more than a decade to go from such greatness in office to such trash. How did that happen?


82 posted on 06/07/2004 4:40:17 PM PDT by workerbee
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Brilliant, just brilliant! If not for the fact that I'm a couple of years older than you (I was born at the *very* beginning of our defined generation), much of what you wrote was about my youth.

I am still proud and grateful that I was *finally* old enough to vote in 1984 -- and to have been able to cast that very first ballot for Reagan's re-election.

83 posted on 06/07/2004 4:51:46 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! -- RIP, President Reagan)
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To: workerbee
The sad thing is, it took us little more than a decade to go from such greatness in office to such trash. How did that happen?

The short answer: The end of the Cold War -- brought about, in large part, by President Reagan -- made everyone feel safe and that foreign affairs and defense were passé and that domestic issues (education, prescription drugs for old people, welfare, etc.) were more important.

I remember talking with a knee-jerk leftist co-worker back in July or August 2001. He loudly proclaimed that since the Cold War was over, we should cut the military and military budget down to almost nothing and spend it all on free health coverage and other socialist, income redistribution projects -- and called me a right-wing nut for believing that just because one known threat was gone, there were likely many more out there. Of course, he spent the month or so after 9/11 avoiding me.

84 posted on 06/07/2004 4:57:09 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! -- RIP, President Reagan)
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Beautiful. As a Gen-Reaganer myself, you managed to crystalize my thoughts and feelings about President Reagan. Nothing more need be said. Thanks
85 posted on 06/07/2004 5:02:19 PM PDT by rightisright (E Tan E Epi Tas)
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Great Post - Growing up in Massachusetts, surrounded by hippie liberal Massholes whose Volvos sported Bumper Stickers proclaiming Mass. righteousness in being the sole state going to McGovern, either natural rebelliousness led a bunch of us to Conservative Republicanism....or Reagan... My vote is for Reagan....Very Inspirational, and he had a Domer Connection (who doesn't love the Gipper and Knute Rockne...All-American)
86 posted on 06/07/2004 5:03:39 PM PDT by Gillsie
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To: Gillsie

Guess where I grew up. ;)


87 posted on 06/07/2004 5:16:40 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl
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To: StoneColdGOP

Click on the image.

And no, I don't own it. I just bought something from them, once.


88 posted on 06/07/2004 5:35:14 PM PDT by jdege
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Unfortunately I wasn't very aware of politics when Reagan was in office. Reading and hearing so many good things about him, I wonder what things would be like if he could be President today.



"The American Dream isn't one of making government bigger, it's keeping faith with the mighty spirit of free people under God." - Ronald Reagan

89 posted on 06/07/2004 5:57:14 PM PDT by k2blader
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To: Indy Pendance

You & I are of the same generation. Voted for President Reagan in 1980, my first presidential election. Was still in college & the year before getting married. I was also 21.

Great I have a nickname--Gen-Reagan! About time we find a nitch!


90 posted on 06/07/2004 6:06:01 PM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10

Exactly. I'm not a boomer, I'm not a gen-Xer, but the gen-Reagan fits us to a tee.


91 posted on 06/07/2004 6:14:54 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance; madison10; tiamat
The late Baby Boomers are often called Generation Jones


92 posted on 06/07/2004 6:34:17 PM PDT by qam1 (Tommy Thompson is a Fat-tubby, Fascist)
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To: qam1

Oh THANK YOU!

I can finally distance myself from my evil SIL!

( and YES " Jones" fits....;)


93 posted on 06/07/2004 6:38:39 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: tiamat

That's an interesting graph.


94 posted on 06/07/2004 6:55:43 PM PDT by madison10
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To: workerbee
Gen-Reagan.... excellent. How cool it would be if that actually replaced the insipid "Gen-X" label.

I plan on using this label from now on, maybe it'll catch!! Has so much more meaning and substance than "X" - and we did grow up with meaning and substance in a great president.

95 posted on 06/07/2004 6:59:10 PM PDT by momfirst (My two-cents)
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To: cmsgop
BTW, Was I the only white kid who loved watching "What's Happening"?

Nope - there were at least two more white kids! (me and my bro)

96 posted on 06/07/2004 7:04:39 PM PDT by momfirst (My two-cents)
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To: tiamat
Yeah but you guys were responsible for this


97 posted on 06/07/2004 7:11:54 PM PDT by qam1 (Tommy Thompson is a Fat-tubby, Fascist)
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To: cupcakes

You sure didn't hear about school violence as much during that time period. Not like the 90's when clinton was President. I think President Reagan's optimism transcended to all specters of society. Oh yeah, and the gen-xers dressed better too. :)


98 posted on 06/07/2004 7:12:02 PM PDT by EmilyGeiger
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To: Cinnamon Girl
I was 11 years old when Reagan took office. I didn't pay any attention to politics, really, but I remember the gas lines and that my mother worked, that something called inflation was bad, and I remember the nightly countdown of the Hostage Crisis on the evening news.

I remember coming in from the playground one day to find that the hostages were free, but I didn't equate this with Reagan. It took an 8th social studies class, with an interesting teacher to pique my interest. My parents really liked Reagan, and tended toward conservatism, but didn't KNOW that's what they were until he explained it to them, and showed them it's truth.

My girlfriends and I were Reagan fans by the '84 election. One battled terribly with her mother, who insisted upon calling him a warmonger. Kelly retaliated by answering the phone with, "Reagan-Bush '84" every time it rang.

I find myself baffled, sometimes, at how so many people could have lived through this time with me and turned out with different ideas. Reagan explained it, then he proved it. Seems pretty simple to me.

But not so simple, I guess. No politician has been able to quite do it since then.

99 posted on 06/07/2004 7:44:29 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Complete agreement bump. Good work.


100 posted on 06/07/2004 8:21:45 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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