Reagan and World War III
As Punk crept into the national psyche it became more visible; it was a dark plague that disrupted the illusion of normalcy, a wake-up call that the Leave It To Beaver days of America are in the books. Reagan’s red scare fear tactics had Americans conditioned that we were on a brink of a nuclear war and if that didn't shake up your paranoia how, about Russian paratroopers awaiting invasion orders; yes fools, World War 3 was lurking round the corner. My eldest brother Tom, a US Marine, made it sound that war with the Commies was inevitable. In my mind he was an expert in military matters. Like most other Americans, it was something I worried about. I was unaware at the time, but with the music I was identifying with coupled with the threat of human extinction I started to develop existentialist leanings. Why would God allow such things to happen? There was some far out Amazon tribe we were studying in Social Studies class, I remember thinking how they would be affected by nuclear winter because the Superpowers didn’t get along. What did those people do to deserve that? Here it is 30 years later and it all seemed like we’d been swindled by the powers that be. Was there ever a genuine threat of total annihilation? Sadly, that idea got recycled; America traded in the Russian boogieman for the Muslim one. I bought that load of shit growing-up, but not this time, thank-you-very-much.
|Chuck Dukowski getting set for the Munich show.|
Special thanks to Ana Medina and Monica Zarazua for editing