|Challenger Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery|
He hustled back with a TV and set it up. Then we watched the coverage in dismay. The human cost was terrible. Many in the classroom couldn't help but cry...
A lot has been written about the tendencies of people to be liberal in their youth and more conservative as they mature. Not so with me. I never had that liberal stage. My friends and I were already fiscal and foreign policy hawks. Rah-rah proponents of American Exceptionalism - that we had gotten our "swagger" back after bad outcomes in Vietnam and the embassy in Tehran. We had a (foolish) belief that America under Reagan had turned a corner and could Do No Wrong.
So watching a horrid fail right there on TV was like a mulekick to the guts. I still get both sad and pissed when I reflect on that day. What about you?