Throughout all of the flag-waving and anthem-singing so correctly responsive to the attacks on 9/11, those who believed that the years of Reagan were evil continued to teach their version of history to high school and college students across the nation. When Reagan passed away in 2004, not enough adult Americans had received this version of history to evoke the type of widespread disrespect that did his corollary in Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher, just this past week.
In fact, in 2004, no American president, Democrat or Republican, would have been given a pass by the American public to openly ignore Thatcher's passing by sending low-level representatives to her funeral. But by 2013, President Obama was allowed to do just that.
Of course, the United States of 2013 is a much different place than it was just nine years ago. A young adult of 18 in 2004 is well into his or her life as a worker or welfare recipient. And the excesses of government-obsessed Democrats and Republicans and the ensuing economic implosion, combined with years of "education" of students espousing the evils of free enterprise, created an entire class of angry and resentful people. And the polling numbers increasingly reveal that fact. Those who are under the age of 40 are far more likely to favor wealth redistribution than over that age.
So now we sadly start potentially another cycle of unhappy and unsettling times. A true idiot mails poison to a U.S. senator and our president -- something all Americans should abhor. And then deadly and vicious terrorism strikes, taking literally life and limb and ripping at the very heart of what liberty we have left.
And the markets react. And the uncertainty grows. And the teaching of "shared wealth" and the revised and twisted history of the 1980s to a next generation continues. Imagine the results of this same poll in five years.
Matt Towery heads the polling and political information firm InsiderAdvantage. Follow him on Twitter @matttowery. To find out more about Matt Towery and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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