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Posted: 8/4/2009 11:49:26 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 11:53:49 AM EST
The 80s were like the 50s.

I love them both.


Link Posted: 8/4/2009 11:54:43 AM EST
I remember that well. after Vietnam, and Watergate than having to live through four years
of failure that was Jimmy Carter Ronald Reagan made it OK to be proud of America again.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 11:55:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/4/2009 11:59:03 AM EST by journeyman01]
Yes the 80's did help mold me into what I am today. Hell it started my interest in guns that's for sure. The entire popular pro gun culture of today has roots there. Look at the movies like Rambo and anything with Arnold in it. It was a time when we really felt like the good guys and all this political correctness hadn't started to creep into our lives yet. The end of the cold war is kind of a big thing.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 11:57:17 AM EST
I grew up all through HS in the early 80's and after that served under the Great President Reagan in the Marine Corps. It was a positive time for me.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 11:58:26 AM EST
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Link Posted: 8/4/2009 11:58:29 AM EST
I wish it was the 80's again (and I was 16 again) and I'd have that "do-over" I always wanted.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:00:39 PM EST
In 1980 I was a Freshman in HS. In 1989 I was a Navy veteran, married with a young daughter. Was a very productive and fun 10 years.

The 80s were pretty much friggin' awesome.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:00:54 PM EST
two words


IRON EAGLE

Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:00:55 PM EST
Reagan firing the striking ATCers was what made me a conservative.

"They aren't working, so he fired them. What's the problem?"
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:01:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By navvet89:
I wish it was the 80's again (and I was 16 again) and I'd have that "do-over" I always wanted.


maybe this

Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:01:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By ricko1:
I remember that well. after Vietnam, and Watergate than having to live through four years
of failure that was Jimmy Carter Ronald Reagan made it OK to be proud of America again.



This. I was in the Army in the 80's. Reagan gave the military it's dignity back, after it was gutted by Carter's budget cuts.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:01:22 PM EST
They 80's were a great period in my life.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:02:36 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/4/2009 12:03:40 PM EST by Misery]
The 80s were the best, however, I was born in 72, so my fun years growing up were mostly in the 80s. I would've maybe felt a little different had I been older going into the decade, but as a kid, it was awesome. I traveled every summer all over the U.S. and Canada with my grandparents and saw so many wonderful sights. I was also much healthier. As of 1994 life began to kinda suck for me, physically and mentally. Looking back, I'd give anything to relive the 80's, just leaving out the part of going to school.

I still think the music beats anything from the 90's or today. I'm unsure why people hate the 80s, unless they didn't grow up then and/or had a poor time getting by in some way during the decade. I used to think the 70s were shit and I still think many aspects of the 70s are awful, but now that I'm older I'm able to appreciate a lot of excellent music and other aspects of that period too, most of which I didn't enjoy being so young.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:02:36 PM EST
Reagan was the first President I got to vote for. He was also Commander in Chief during my 3 year (82-85) stint in the Army. I have a lot of warm feelings about the 80's.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:02:54 PM EST
Life was good.



Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:04:32 PM EST
The late 80s were great
I however remember how scared my folks were losing everything in the early 80s
My grandfather did lose almost everything he gained alot back in the late 80s early 90s but nothing like the company he had in 1976-1981
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:05:25 PM EST
I was born in 75, does that mean I grew up in the 80's? I mean of course I did, but I was too young for politics to mean anything to me, I was influenced by the music and other normal things kids are influenced by.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:07:26 PM EST
I had a blast in the '80's.

President Reagan was my CIC, spent time after I got out of the service going from one state to another to see where I wanted to live, Met a wonderful woman and married her.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:07:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By ricko1:
I remember that well. after Vietnam, and Watergate than having to live through four years
of failure that was Jimmy Carter Ronald Reagan made it OK to be proud of America again.


This is pretty much what I would post. I graduated from high school in 1985. I remember the national malaise that existed and permeated the Carter years.

I also remember that after Reagan was elected, all of that seemed to change. It well and truly was "ok" to be proud of the USA again, I'm proud to have been alive during his presidency and am proud to have served in the Army with him as my CinC.

The 80s were great and I'd gladly repeat them.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:09:08 PM EST
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
They 80's were a great period in my life.


Definitely... I remember real Muscle Cars like the 68 GTO I was looking to buy was only $1000.00. Great shows like Magnum, Simon & Simon, Rip Tide, Miami Vice where on. Real H & K 91's where only $ 500-600. Reagan was President. Gas was fucking cheap!!!



Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:11:06 PM EST
Originally Posted By 2001WS6:
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
They 80's were a great period in my life.


Definitely... I remember real Muscle Cars like the 68 GTO I was looking to buy was only $1000.00. Great shows like Magnum, Simon & Simon, Rip Tide, Miami Vice where on. Real H & K 91's where only $ 500-600. Reagan was President. Gas was fucking cheap!!!





AMEN!

I just wish I'd been a little older so as to be able to enjoy all the EBR goodness.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:11:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By VA-gunnut:

So, do you feel this time frame helped mold you into the person you are today? The kind of person that supports the 2nd. The kind of person that looks at what is going in this country with sadness, and also utter contempt at the same time?

Absofuckinlutely.

Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:11:31 PM EST
Originally Posted By kingoftheroad:
two words


IRON EAGLE

http://chasness.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/iron_eagle.jpg


Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:16:22 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:18:55 PM EST
The '80s were great. It was a fun decade!

Although we laugh at the women's fashions and big hair today –– the women were smoking hot.
(Check out the movie "Weird Science" as an example of this.)

Much of the music was excellent and rocking - before rap came around.

Politics were very pro-American. Reagan was a great man.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:32:11 PM EST
The 80's rocked!

(At least what I remember ... )

Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:32:55 PM EST

Originally Posted By Coltman77:
The '80s were great. It was a fun decade!

Although we laugh at the women's fashions and big hair today –– the women were smoking hot.
(Check out the movie "Weird Science" as an example of this.)

Much of the music was excellent and rocking - before rap came around.

Politics were very pro-American. Reagan was a great man.

I even liked the rap at that time, at least it had a message back then.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:37:40 PM EST
I was a teen in the 80's and didn't give a shit about shit except figuring out where the next party was.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:42:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/4/2009 12:45:55 PM EST by oldschool63]
I graduated H.S. in 1982 then went in the Army 82-85 then to college. For me the 80's rocked sometimes I wish we could go back in time to the 80's
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:42:52 PM EST
Considering the 80's meant HS and college, lots-o-girls, and classic 60/70's muscle cars..............................It was some of the best damn times I ever had.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:44:20 PM EST
I was in my teens and 20's in the 80's. Wouldn't trade my growing years for ANYTHING!

The 80's RULE!



Oh... and Up The Irons!
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:45:22 PM EST
Remember the day that regan joked about the bombing will start in five minutes,the eighties were the best days.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:45:39 PM EST
Originally Posted By Steve_in_Washington:
Reagan firing the striking ATCers was what made me a conservative.

"They aren't working, so he fired them. What's the problem?"


That scared the Soviets. They were watching how he was gonna handle it, and concluded: "shit, this guy isn't bluffing!"
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:52:08 PM EST
Nothing wrong with the 80's at all...disco was dead, America was strong, the economy was (mostly) fine. The music was pretty darn good. Girls looked great in acid washed denim mini-skirts. I went through high school and college (82-90).
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:54:03 PM EST
The early 80's were rather tough, financially.

Imagine taking out a home mortgage loan and paying 15% interest!
http://mortgage-x.com/trends.htm

Unemployment during the early 80s was high - peaking at 11% in '83
http://www.bls.gov/data/

There were many good things happening in the 80s, just don't kid yourself about life being so much better than today.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:54:19 PM EST
The 80s had a lot of things going for them that were unique to that decade. This decade does also.

Let me just give a few phrases: B-52s (band), Maritime Strategy (13 carriers), deregulation, mail order ammo (apologies to mg fans), young Daryl Hannah, Road Warrior etc.

Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:56:01 PM EST
Originally Posted By Jtrout141:
Remember the day that regan joked about the bombing will start in five minutes,the eighties were the best days.


My understanding is that he did that on purpose. They claimed it was an accident, but really is was an incident intended to psych out the Soviets.

Of course, the leftists here were pissed.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:56:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By VA-gunnut:
The recent thread bashing the 80s, and the great thread about Ronald Reagan's speech, got me thinking.

I like many here, lived through the 80s with Reagan as President. All my recollections of him as President were positive. I also recall this time being very "Pro American" in movies, tv, etc... Red Dawn just being one positive movie of the decade.

So, do you feel this time frame helped mold you into the person you are today? The kind of person that supports the 2nd. The kind of person that looks at what is going in this country with sadness, and also utter contempt at the same time?

Maybe I'm just being sentimental and all, but I can't help thinking the 80s were a positive time in my life.



I worked the local movie theater all through high school. Red Dawn was released 31 days before I left for Parris Island.
I wanted sooooooo bad to go kill a commie for mommy!
The worst was keeping mom conviced the Corps was o.k. after
Beruit. I was already in delayed entry when it happened...
Overall I would say the 80's were a really good time with a ton
of learning and responsibility thrown in...

Chris


BTW...I stayed a drunk to survive the clintoooons. Don't really remember much after 1992.

Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:57:00 PM EST
I miss the '80s.

I graduated HS in 1980. Moved out on my own that same year.

Moved back to Southern California in 1982. Had some pretty decent jobs, including magazine editor when I was 20. Learned to fly. Turned 21 in 1984. Married the following year

My only child was born in '87.

Yeah, it was a good decade. I miss those times.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:57:47 PM EST
the 80's I graduated from High School married a wonderful woman had 2 awesome kids and Miami Vice was on T.V...good times
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 12:59:00 PM EST
Originally Posted By HBruns:
The early 80's were rather tough, financially.

Imagine taking out a home mortgage loan and paying 15% interest!
http://mortgage-x.com/trends.htm

Unemployment during the early 80s was high - peaking at 11% in '83
http://www.bls.gov/data/

There were many good things happening in the 80s, just don't kid yourself about life being so much better than today.


The early 80s were the inflection point of the economy, and we have essentially enjoyed the Reagan recovery until recently.

We would have been better off now if the past decade had higher interest rates on home loans, BTW.

Link Posted: 8/4/2009 1:12:36 PM EST
I partied away the entire 1980's...from what I remember it was fun.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 1:27:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/4/2009 1:29:40 PM EST by HBruns]
Originally Posted By DonS:
.....
The early 80s were the inflection point of the economy, and we have essentially enjoyed the Reagan recovery until recently.

We would have been better off now if the past decade had higher interest rates on home loans, BTW.

I agree with most of this. We have certainly been benefiting from the lower tax rates (and other policies) spearheaded by Reagan. I was commenting more on the actual events and current affairs of the day, not what got us there (Carter) or out of it (Reagan).

I think we would have been MUCH better off with better vetting of the loan recipients over the last couple decades. The Liberal policy of forcing lenders to approve loans for unqualified people has landed us in hot water, not the low interest rates.

Link Posted: 8/4/2009 1:32:50 PM EST
I only spent about a week in the 80s, but from what I've heard they were pretty neat.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 1:33:39 PM EST
I was very proud of our country. We had a purpose.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 1:35:31 PM EST
I loved the music from the 80's. I was in high school then and graduated in 1990.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 1:36:38 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/4/2009 1:38:29 PM EST by Red_Label]
Ahhh... I miss the women of the 80's...

Probably my favorite 80's fantasy girl/bimbo...

"U S A UPPPP All Night!"

Link Posted: 8/4/2009 1:37:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By Eric802:
Nothing wrong with the 80's at all...disco was dead, America was strong, the economy was (mostly) fine. The music was pretty darn good. Girls looked great in acid washed denim mini-skirts.


Yep, the 80's brought welcome relief from late-70's disco - and also for the "hip" clothes and personal hygiene habits of the early-70's.

Biggest downside was the motor vehicles - It was almost impossible to find a car or truck built in the 80's that didn't suck.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 1:40:19 PM EST
Originally Posted By Skibane:
Originally Posted By Eric802:
Nothing wrong with the 80's at all...disco was dead, America was strong, the economy was (mostly) fine. The music was pretty darn good. Girls looked great in acid washed denim mini-skirts.


Yep, the 80's brought welcome relief from late-70's disco - and also for the "hip" clothes and personal hygiene habits of the early-70's.

Biggest downside was the motor vehicles - It was almost impossible to find a car or truck built in the 80's that didn't suck.



I dunno man. A friend had one of these and it left a LOT of rubber streaks on the pavement...



Link Posted: 8/4/2009 1:43:28 PM EST
Phoebe Cates in fast Times at Ridgemont High,oh yeah!
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