Not the event itself: but the details behind it. It’s a little jarring to realize that there are people who can vote (and soon, drink legally) in this country who don’t have personal memories of the Berlin Wall; or what it represented. I was seventeen when this speech took place; and like the AoSHQ writer I considered Ronnie Raygun to be a fool. Because, you know, maybe the Commies weren’t as powerful as we thought in 1980, but they weren’t going anywhere. Right?
Yeah, seventeen and stupid.
Peter Beinart just put together an article intended to kick at, well, pretty much mainstream America’s deep respect and affection for Ronald Reagan. It was a futile effort, and I’ll tell you why: the people who lived through that time period will have none of it. In 1981 we were wondering if we would survive, in any form, in a future Communist-friendly world: in 1989 we were wondering when the demon-beast of Soviet Communism would ever stop screaming under our knives and just die already. And by the time that we’re all dead of old age, it’ll be too late for the Left anyway to rewrite history.
Watch the whole thing.