Due to the kiddo's Bloom County readings, I've had to specifically address some of the things that were happening when I was coming of age in the 1980's. There's nothing like having to explain Communism to an eight-year-old (especially after his having read, "Stop yelling 'Ronald McDonald is a capitalist stooge!' out the window!" in a comic), but there's also nothing like having to refresh your own memory about what was going on then.
With this link, consider yourself refreshed on what else happened in the Reagan years. It is instructive to remember that not everybody was in a "morning in America" coma at that time. I especially keep a lot of this stuff in mind when I read about the current assaults on who controls women's right to choose and about how much women are losing these battles.
If women in Great Britain could get together and protest nuclear proliferation for nearly 20 years, we can certainly make our voices heard before this sick generation of right-wing politicians and their equally sick constituents pass these laws literally over our dead bodies.
Part 2 is here.