God we need a leader like him back bad right now.
He's dead, so is that decade, so is your youth. None of them are ever coming back. Deal with it.
What is the "proper" role of the government? That's for the people to decide and their decision is ALWAYS arbitrary. It's important to remember that it is arbitrary too when a new generation decides to re-define that role.It's ok to disagree, but before we can have any debate, any discussion, or any sense of understanding we must remember that the concepts and definitions that we ourselves are working with are totally arbitrary.arbitrary (based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice) "an arbitrary decision"; "the arbitrary rule of a dictator"; "an arbitrary penalty"; "of arbitrary size and shape"; "an arbitrary choice"; "arbitrary division of the group into halves"
Our societal definitions change over time, and they are arbitrarily decided by our various stances on issues, however the "line" between defined roles (like government) are not founded in anything Absolute, but continuously evolving.
Also Reagan is dead and because reality is a constant process of change, the "golden era" of your youth is gone.
Why do you think these social programs are so awful? Keep in mind that they (while never perfect) were put in place to address a problem. If you remove them you are still left with the gaping problem.
And the golden era is right now. You were born into the birth of the information revolution. It's changing not just how we enjoy our media or get information but fundmentally changing how we think, how we function as a society, and dissolving old limits. Even without the political changes you're already living in what will be looked back as a change as major as the Industrial Revolution. However, it's all tied together.
Looking back to a previous era for guidance for political, economic, cultural, ect. issues won't work if you are hoping to regain that and simply hold it. Every aspect of society changes together, so because the Reagan days were so different culturally, technologically, philosophically, economically, you cannot expect one solid lesson on one issue from that time to be applicable today.
The key to history is learning how society has evolved through history, evolution is stability. Rigidity causes breakage.
I disagree with your statement that all social programs were put in place to address a problem. I think a more accurate statement is that social programs were put in place to appease a special interest or curry political favor. Now of course I am not talking about every social program. There are some that stand on their own merits.
You could almost always make a case that helping [insert special interest group, object or cause here] is a "nice" thing to do. Perhaps even a noble or worthy thing as well. However it's harder to justify that it's a "necessary" thing to do, or more so that it's necessary for the government to do it.
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