So, we’ve got rampant inflation; everyone’s losing their minds over getting into a nuclear war with Russia; and the mullet is having a resurgence amongst the kids.
Does this mean we’ll start getting decent music again?
Asking for a friend.
Speaking of war with Russia, a lot of folks whom I’m pretty sure were around for the 1980s are currently losing their minds — I’m starting to wonder if there’s a run on M1979 Bomb Shelters, a/k/a the school desks we were told to hide under in the event of missiles heading this way.
The title of this post is a quote from Ronaldus Magnus* when a reporter asked a question at the 1988 USSR/USA Summit in Moscow about his view of the Cold War:
“Here’s my strategy for the Cold War: We win; they lose.”
Holy gods, when that hit the evening news. The gloom! The doom! The knickers in knots! Inevitable radioactive death!
And yet … we’re still here, unirradiated.
Five years earlier, the USSR shot down Korea Air Flight 007 — Panic! Distress! Overstressed Hanes/half-hitch interface! Inevitable radioactive death!
And yet — no glowing in the dark.
Pershing II missiles deployed to Europe? Hyperventilation! Pearl-clutching! Undergarments all bunched up in the wrong places! Inevitable … radioactive …
And yet … no nuclear winter to offset all that climate change.
Strategic Defense Initiative? FleetEx ’83? Oh, my tap-dancing gods! Inevitable …
And yet …
I got burnt out on the nuclear war panic way back in the 1980s, and I thought a lot of other folks had, too, but apparently panic over war with Russia is the new hotness along with the mullet.
Don’t get me wrong — if we get into a war with Russia, it’s going to suck in all new ways. Also, don’t get me wrong — unless you’re in a Cabinet-level position in the Government there’s not a single damned thing you can do about it**.
If you were born in the 21st Century: welcome to my youth. You get used to it.
If you came of age during the height of the Cold War: Really? Suck it up.
Welcome to my TED talk.
*President Ronald Reagan. If you don’t get the reference, ask your parents. Also, get off my lawn.
**If you have concerns about the Administration’s ability to handle this, and you voted for said Administration — I don’t know what to tell you. Congratulations? If you didn’t vote for the current administration, and you have concerns — might I suggest you remember said concerns in the next few elections?