Just reading this, I am amazed at how, almost 30 years later, some things just haven’t changed: America is the problem, shared suffering, inept politicians and regressive solutions. Good thing not everyone believed that.
“The major issue of this campaign is the direct political, personal and moral responsibility of Democratic Party leadership — in the White House and in Congress — for this unprecedented calamity which has befallen us. They tell us they have done the most that humanly could be done. They say that the United States has had its day in the sun; that our nation has passed its zenith. They expect you to tell your children that the American people no longer have the will to cope with their problems; that the future will be one of sacrifice and few opportunities.
My fellow citizens, I utterly reject that view. The American people, the most generous on earth, who created the highest standard of living, are not going to accept the notion that we can only make a better world for others by moving backwards ourselves. Those who believe we can have no business leading the nation.”
Ronald Reagan July 17, 1980 GOP Presidential nomination acceptance speech
My posture is a little straighter after reading that.